April 15, 2016
The steak is almost everyone’s meal whether it’s being accompanied by a salad, pasta or fries. However, how many of us can attest to cooking a perfect steak? Most people either end up overcooking or undercooking the meat and failing to achieve the desired medium rare result. The following steps will reveal how to cook a delicious steak at home.
1. Tools and ingredients
First things first, having the right tools and ingredients determine the level of perfection you will achieve when you cook a delicious steak. It is important to take note of the kind of cut of meat you wish to use in accordance with the process. The sirloin, filet mignon, NY strip and such high-class cuts are ideal for medium rare cooking while the round and skirt cuts require marination first. Next up, ensure your skillet of choice is of high quality meaning it’s not too light. It is preferable to use a cast-iron skillet or a heavy duty pam Finally, you must have a meat thermometer in hand in order to cook the steak to the required temperature. Other necessities include herbs of choice such as rosemary, black pepper and thyme, cooking oil, tongs for turning the meat, and butter or ghee.
If you have time on your hands, salt your steak overnight and cook it the next day. If you are short on time, season your steak with kosher salt or sea salt an hour before you cook. These two types of salt give the steak the deep seasoning that it requires. After the salt, add your herbs of choice. Heat your skillet at maximum heat to the point where some smoke emanates from its surface, then add some cooking oil. Set the time on your watch or phone to eight minutes which entails 3 full minutes of cooking for each side and two minutes for flipping.
3. Method of cooking
After adding the cooking oil, let it heat up for about 10 to 30 seconds. When this time elapses, add your steak into the skillet. Immediately, you will hear a sizzling sound which arises from the moisture evaporating from the steak. At this point, you should be careful of the hot cooking oil which may at times spring from the skillet and onto your hand. Let the steak cook for about 3 minutes on one side before flipping it. You will notice that the meat has started to brown at this point. Turn the steak on either side every 10 to 20 seconds to give it an even cook throughout its surface. Before the steak is completely done, which is about 30 seconds prior to completion, add a tablespoon of butter to the top of steak and smear it to add a rich flavor and help it brown a bit more. Use the meat thermometer to test the internal heat of the steak which should be about 125 Fahrenheit for a medium rare cook.
Remove the steak from the skillet and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes. Resting the steak allows it to preserve its natural juices and to finish cooking. After this, the steak is ready to be cut and served together with your favorite accompaniment. Enjoy.