Finger Lickin’ Good: How to Cook a Steak the Right Way

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Do you want to treat your family for some long-waited steak? Do you want to spice things up and have some steak for dinner?

Who wouldn’t want some steak? It’s the ultimate family dinner style! 

But wait, why don’t you put on an apron and cook it yourself? It’s easier than you think!

Don’t fret if you don’t know where to start or how to cook. We’ve got a guide right here for you.

Read on below to discover how to cook a steak the right way:

The Preparation

There are a lot of preparations and considerations you need to do before you can do any actual cooking. You’ll need to get the right ingredients. You also need to know your meat cuts.

1. Know Your Steak Cuts

Here are the top cuts for steak:

Ribeye is the most flavorful cut of the steak. It comes from the rib and is usually cooked without the bone. The marbling appearance of the meat is the reason why most steak lovers adore it. 

Tenderloin is one of the most expensive steak cuts. It has no bones and is low in fat. This cut is the most tender and mild in flavor so it is best served with sauces. 

New York strip or top sirloin is the cut that everyone has tried once in their life. It has a balance of lean meat and the amount of fat. New York strip has a lot of beefy flavors and a chewy taste you can’t resist

2. Going to the Market

Go to your nearest market and buy the following ingredients:

  1. Steak cut (1 1/2 inches)
  2. Virgin olive oil
  3. Unsalted butter
  4. Iodized salt
  5. Strands of rosemary or thyme
  6. Black Pepper
  7. Garlic or asparagus for garnishing (depends on your preference)

There are different thicknesses in meats but the one we’ll go with is 1 1/2 inches thick. Request it from the butcher to cut it that thick because this recipe is for a 1 1/2 thick cut.

After making sure you got everything, you can start the pre-cooking process immediately.

3. Prepping the Steak

Be sure to let the meat sit in room temperature to thaw it out for a few hours after you put it out of the refrigerator.

We recommend cooking the steak fresh from the market. Once you put the meat in the fridge, it loses some of its blood and juice which can affect the overall taste of the steak a little.

You need to pat the meat dry so use some culinary tissues to get the moisture out. If you don’t do this, you won’t get a good crust. 

To season, massage the meat with a generous amount of salt and black pepper on both sides. After that, drizzle some olive oil on it then let it sit for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.

The Cooking Process

Steak meat is such a versatile meat that you can cook it however you like. There are various degrees of doneness but the ones we are doing are rare, medium-rare, well done. Let’s start with well-done steaks.

1. How to Cook a Medium-Rare Steak

First off, seat the meat aside and start heating up the pan. 

You should get the temperature as high as 45 C or 113 F. Don’t put the meat in a cold pan because it could stick on it and we don’t want that to happen.

Use the cast iron pan if possible because they retain the heat better than a regular pan.

Don’t have a cooking thermometer at your disposal? You can put your hand over the pan and if the heat gets too much for you for about 3-5 seconds, that’s your green light. 

Put the butter and let it melt all over the pan. After that, you can now put the steak into the pan and one strand of rosemary then cook it all together. Let the meat swim in butter on the pan for great flavor and taste.

Grill the steak for about 3-4 minutes. Keep in mind that you need to sear it at about the same time for each side to cook it evenly. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be medium-rare.

2. How to Cook a Rare Steak and Well Done Steak

Here’s the thing: The procedure for a rare steak, medium-rare steak, and well-done steak are almost the same. The only difference is how many minutes it took to cook it the right doneness, the way you like it. 

For a rare steak: Grill the steak for 2 1/2 minutes on both sides. 

For a well-done steak: Grill the steak for about 5-6 minutes on both sides.

3. How to Determine the Level of Steak

Did you know that you don’t need a meat thermometer to determine how done your meat is? That’s right; you can use the touch test for steak doneness for estimation instead. Do this with your tongs or spatula while it is being cooked.

Using the meat thermometer is fine but it creates a hole in your meat. It could cause the blood and juices to leak out and makes your steak tastes dry, or worse, lose its flavor.

After grilling the steak, let it rest for a while for about 5-10 minutes. It is to let the steak absorb the blood and juices back and redistribute it across the meat.

4. Plating and Presentation

After cooking the perfect steak, you may want to serve it like they’re from your favorite steak house.

Cut the steak against the grain or its muscle fibers. Be sure to use the kitchen contemporary knives intended for steak. In this way, you can cut it faster and the juices don’t leak out as much. 

You can garnish the steak with some asparagus and garlic. Sprinkle the thyme for an amazing aroma if you don’t have rosemary at your disposal. 

How to Cook a Steak for Your Family

Here are the steak cooking tips so you learn how to cook a steak to perfection! Start preparing the juiciest, most delicious steak for friends and family!

But why stop with steaks? Do you want more tips and guides to help you discover more recipes? You’re in luck because we have a lot more content like this for you to read today!

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