HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR STEAK COOKED?
3 Ways to Cook a Great Steak
posted in Meat, Poultry and Seafood by Lisa Freeman
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Dry. Raw. Charred. Chewy. Why does cooking a decent steak give us the willies? For one, there are a number of different ways to cook steak. You can grill, broil or fry it, depending on your preference.
Kick things off with a steak that is at least 1-inch thick (strip steak, t-bone, porterhouse, etc.) — anything thinner will likely dry out, and anything thicker makes it difficult to gauge doneness. No matter which cooking style you choose, start by sprinkling the meat with a good dose of salt and pepper. I also like to take a crushed garlic clove and rub it all over the beef. If you'd like, try marinating the steak, but this isn't necessary for any of the techniques below.
Now, let's review our cooking options:
1. Fry: Simply put, you're tossing a hunk of beef into a frying pan. Fire up a pan on medium heat, and warm up a teaspoon of oil for a minute, and then lay your steak in the pan. (Make sure you turn on your stovetop fan and keep your pan covered because this tends to be a smoky job.) A 1-inch thick steak should cook for about 4 minutes on each side, depending on how you like it cooked.
2. Oven Roasting: Restaurants often use this method of cooking steak, but it requires two steps:
If you don't have an iron skillet, all hope is not lost. Use a regular frying pan to sear the steak, and then transfer it and all the juices to an oven-safe pan to finish the roasting process.
3. Grill: This tends to be the method of choice for meat-lovers. Make sure your barbecue is piping hot (at least 450 degrees F). Pour a little olive oil on a paper towel or a small brush and rub the grill slats before you lay the steak down. Once it's on the grill, reduce the heat to medium and keep the lid down (and quit peeking!) After 4-5 minutes, it's time to turn the steak over and let it go another 4-5 minutes on the other side.
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