Cooking the Perfect Steak: A Step-by-Step Guide
Steak is a classic dish that can be cooked in many different ways, but there is a simple, tried and true method that will ensure a perfectly cooked steak every time. While many Melburnians prefer to cook top grade steak on a BBQ, it may surprise that cooking a steak in the oven can achieve optimum results. There's nothing worse than spending big dollars on a prime cut only to overcook it. How do you like your steak? We prefer medium-rare with a pink centre that oozes juicy flavour. I've been cooking using the method below, recently with a rib-eye from Dench Butchers in Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre (this is not a sponsored post).
Here's how to cook the perfect steak, step by step:
Choose the right cut: Start by selecting a high-quality cut of steak, such as rib-eye, sirloin or filet mignon. These cuts are well-marbled and will provide the best flavor and texture.
Allow steak to come to room temperature: Remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. This will help the steak cook more evenly.
Season the steak: Before cooking, season the steak generously with salt and pepper. You can also add other seasonings, such as garlic or herbs, if desired.
Heat the pan: Heat a heavy-duty pan, such as a cast-iron skillet, over high heat until it is very hot. This will help create a nice sear on the steak.
Add oil: Add a neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable oil, to the pan and swirl it around to coat the bottom of the pan. This will help prevent the steak from sticking.
Sear the steak: Place the steak in the hot pan and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until a deep, golden brown crust forms. This will help lock in the juices and flavor.
Transfer to the oven: If you prefer your steak to be cooked to a specific temperature, transfer the pan to a preheated oven and cook until the desired temperature is reached. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.
Let the steak rest: Remove the steak from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the steak and make it more tender.
Serve: Slice the steak against the grain and serve immediately. Enjoy!
In conclusion, cooking the perfect steak requires a few key steps, such as choosing the right cut, allowing it to come to room temperature, seasoning it well, searing it in a hot pan, and letting it rest. With these steps in mind, you'll be able to cook a delicious, juicy and flavorful steak every time.