How to Cook the Perfect Steak
Almost everyone loves a good steak, if you don’t then the chances are that you simply have never had one. Whether you’re a meat lover or just looking for something a little different for dinner, this is definitely worth the read. I’m going to tell you how to cook the perfect steak, right from the buying process to your plate!
1. Don’t skimp
What I mean by that is; don’t just go to your local Sainsbury’s and pick up a standard 4 pack from the beef section. If you want to have a great steak you have to start with the cut of meat. Go for organic, grass fed beef and as far as the cut is concerned; Rib, Sirloin or Florentine.
2. Be prepared
As far as cooking the steak goes, you can use a standard pan but for best results; use cast iron. The cast iron griddle keeps an even heat distribution making sure that the steak is cooked to perfection. If you don’t feel like investing in one of these you can always cook on an outdoor grill over hot coals.
3. Remove excess moisture
In order to get a good sear on the meat, you’ll want as little moisture as possible on the surface of the cut. The easiest way to do this is to pat the meat dry with a paper towel, you may also choose to salt the meat the night before.
4. Don’t add oil
We’ve all become quite used to adding oil or butter to the pan, but gone are the days of delicious meals being ruined by food sticking to the pan. If you’re using a good pan, or grill (as discussed above), there’ll be no need to worry about the steak sticking.
You’ll want a very hot pan to get a great sear on your steak, let it warm up for about 2 or 3 minutes before putting the steak in; If nothing else, the sizzling is pure satisfaction. Cook to your desired level of “doneness”.
6. Slow down cowboy
By now the smells and sights are out of this world and your mouth started watering long ago, but resist the temptation to cut into the steak immediately. Cover with foil and let it rest for a few minutes (without this step the juices will escape the steak 🙁 ).
While you’re waiting for the steak to “settle” you can ready your after cooking seasoning (salt/pepper etc.) and any sauces you want to add.
You’ve learned how to cook the perfect steak and now you get to devour the fruits of your labour; Enjoy!
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