Hey everyone! Let’s talk about steak – that rich, juicy, and oh-so-satisfying dish. Cooking the perfect steak might seem a bit intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple once you know the secrets. I’m here to guide you through it, step by step. Get ready for a steak that’s seared on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside!
Choosing Your Steak
First things first – picking your steak. Ribeye, sirloin, and filet mignon are popular choices. Look for steaks with good marbling (those little white fat lines), as they melt into the meat during cooking, making it juicy and flavorful.
A good quality steak
Salt and pepper
A high-smoke-point oil (like canola or vegetable oil)
Butter, garlic, and herbs (optional, but recommended)
Bring the Steak to Room Temperature: Take your steak out of the fridge about 30-40 minutes before cooking. This ensures it cooks evenly.
Preheat Your Pan: Use a heavy skillet (cast iron is ideal) and get it smoking hot. A hot pan gives you a better sear.
Season the Steak: Right before cooking, season your steak generously with salt and pepper. This creates a delicious crust.
Oil the Pan: Right before you put the steak in, add a bit of oil to the pan. It should sizzle immediately.
Sear the Steak: Place your steak in the pan. Let it cook without moving it for a few minutes (depending on thickness and desired doneness). Then flip and cook the other side.
Add Flavor: In the last couple of minutes, add butter, garlic, and herbs (like rosemary or thyme) to the pan. Spoon this butter mixture over the steak continuously.
Check for Doneness: Use a meat thermometer or go by touch. 130-135°F is medium-rare, 135-140°F medium, and 145-150°F medium-well.
Rest the Steak: This is crucial. Let your steak rest on a cutting board for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy steak.
And there you have it! A perfectly cooked steak that’s sure to impress. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Pair your steak with your favorite sides, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Happy cooking! 🥩🔥🍴