The perfect steak is delightfully crusty on the outside while juicy and tender on the inside. I personally take my steaks rare – oh, I would give anything to have one now – but medium rare is also a common doneness preferred by many. Well-done steak is considered a waste of a good piece of meat and thus should be avoided. Steak can be an expensive indulgence and to have it often can be quite punishing to your wallet.
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If it is still too much of a hassle for you, why not cook your own steak at home? Something that takes 1 to 3 minutes to cook shouldn’t be so hard for you right? Well, wrong. Cooking the perfect steak is an art in itself and proper preparation is needed to ensure that perfectly fine and expensive meat you just purchased isn’t going to waste – a leathery, rubbery waste!
Buying a steak
Don’t scrimp out on this. Spend a little more on higher grade meats. Consult with the butcher if you must, but generally a good steak is firm to the touch, has a deep cherry-red colour and has faint meaty smell.
Remember to check for marbling which is veins of fats in the meat that keeps it tender and moist, while infusing the meat with flavour during cooking.
It is essential you let the meat sit out to let it settle till it is at room temperature before cooking. A uniform interior and exterior temperature ensures the steak cooks much more uniformly so you don’t end up with a cold centre!
- Now that the temperature of the steak is perfect, you must firstly heat a heavy griddle or frying pan over a medium high heat.
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- While the pan is heating, be sure to use a towel to pat the steak dry because water will make you steam the steak instead. Also take this time to lightly brush the steak with olive or any neutral tasting oil and season it with sea salt and ground pepper.
- When the pan is smoking hot, use a pair of tongs and lay the steak flat on the pan.
- Now you let the steak sit on the pan, you only need to flip it once. If you’re unsure as to the duration the steaks to sit before being flipped over, worry not, here is a guide for you:
Blue – 1 minute/side
Rare – 1.5 minute/side
Medium Rare – 2 minute/side
Medium – 2.25 minute/side
Medium Well & Well Done – Let’s just not go there, alright?
Alternatively, to be doubly sure, you can use a cooking thermometer to check on the temperature of the steak. Here are the temperatures for the different types of doneness:
Blue – 46-49 °C
Rare – 52-55 °C
Medium Rare – 55-60 °C
Medium – 60-65 °C
Medium Well & Well done – It can be 100 °C for all I care.
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- Now that the steak is cooked, utilise all your willpower to refrain yourself from diving straight into it. Take the steak out of the pan and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to let the moisture be redistributed uniformly throughout the steak from the centre – which is an after-effect of cooking. This decreases the loss of moisture when you cut into the steak, resulting in a tender and juicy slice!
There you go – the perfect steak you can enjoy at home. Bon appétit!
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