Steak is a very popular dish amongst meat lovers and every fancy restaurant has it on their menu. But what if we don’t want to go to a restaurant for our favorite dish? Is it that hard to cook it at home, that we never even try and assume that only professional chefs can cook a top-notch steak? No, not really. Today my friend, we are making a bold claim that you can cook the best steak of your life at home.
We have listed the top 5 ways of making a top-notch steak so you won’t be lost on where to start and how to do it all.
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Starting up with the ultimate fail-safe method, which most people will be able to do and will even become pros if they practice for a few times. Grilling steak might look intimidating when others do it but believe us; it is very easy, quick, resultful and hard to mess up. If you think about it, you are just cooking one slice of meat, pay attention and you will be fine.
First things first, you will need to get the steak out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before starting to grill and let it rest covered, at room temperature. Then, start up the grill and let it get hot. Brush the steak with oil and seasoning on both sides evenly. When you see the grill getting hot enough, throw the steak on it and leave for approximately 3 to 5 minutes on each side, depending on how done you like your steak to be. When the time is up and you are happy with the steak, remove it from the grill, let it rest for a few minutes covered in foil, then slice it up and serve your perfect steak.
2. Hot Grill
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Starting a steak on a very hot grill is a very unique way of cooking it, which many people don’t understand but love it when eating in restaurants. The secret behind this method is that the extremely hot grill seals the surface of the steak and keeps the juices and flavors inside of it. This is the perfect method to cook a thin steak if you like it rare because the inside gets up to temperature before the outside overcooks. But if the steak is on a thicker side, it might get too dry.
You will need to get the steak out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before starting to grill and let it rest covered, at room temperature. Then, start up the grill and let it get extremely hot. Brush the steak with oil and seasoning on both sides evenly. When you see the grill getting very hot, it is time to throw the steak on the hottest part of it. Cook each side of the steak from 2 to 3 minutes and you will have yourself a nice rare steak.
But If the steak that you are cooking is thick and you don’t want it to get dry, we have a trick for you; Turn it around and start the steak in an oven at 275 degrees (or on the cold side of the grill) for 45-60 minutes, then let it rest covered in foil for 10 minutes before moving to a hot grill to sear the surface. With this trick, you are keeping the outside temperature of the steak lower while the inside heats up, which reduces moisture loss and results in a much juicier steak. This method might take you a little more time, but if you want an evenly cooked thick steak for dinner, time is a small sacrifice to make.
3. Pan Fry
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This method might be a favourite for many people because not everyone owns a grill and has a backyard for cooking activities. Pan frying steak is a thing and you might as well get on board and learn about it. It is not hard at all, once you learn it and practice for a few times, you will never mess up. In fact, it is quite similar to grilling. But make sure to use a cast-iron pan or any other heavy pan.
You will need to get the steak out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before starting to grill and let it rest covered, at room temperature. Then, turn on the gas and let the pan get hot. Put salt and pepper on both sides evenly. Pour the oil or a lump of butter in the hot pan and throw the steak in immediately after. Cooking time is similar to grilling; leave for approximately 3 to 5 minutes on each side, depending on how done you like your steak. When the time is up and you are happy with the steak, remove it from the pan, let it rest for a few minutes covered in foil, then slice it up and serve your homemade delicious steak.
4. Sous Vide
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This method is for cooking enthusiasts who love to make their food in fancy experimental ways. Sous Vide is the process of putting food (in this case meat) in airtight bags and cooking slowly at low temperatures in a water bath. Sounds professional right? But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it at home and succeed.
The vacuum sealed bag ensures that the juices of the meat and the seasoning stay inside, which gives the final steak an exquisite flavour.
This method involves slow cooking, then finishing up on a hot grill or pan and temperature as low as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. if you want rare steak, you set the water temperature to 120 degrees, and cook for between 1 and 2 hours. If medium, you set the temperature to 135 degrees, and cook for up to 4 hours, and so on. All you have to do is regulate the temperature and wait while the work is being done.
The timing is not very strict with this method, meaning that an extra minute or two will not burn your steak, moreover, it will make the meat even tender. Remove the steak from the bag when you are happy with it. Pat dry the steak then sear the outside in a very hot pan or on a grill for no longer than 90 seconds, serve immediately after, without the need of letting it rest.
5. Butter Soaked
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This method includes a pan as well but the biggest twist is that it requires a lot of butter. Therefore, this steak is for people who love butter-soaked meat, which is actually quite delicious knowing that steaks can be quite dry. This is one of the few ways of making steak juicer and requires a thick ribeye slice of meat.
Starting up with usual; Get the steak out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before cooking and let it rest. Hit the cast-iron pan over medium heat without adding any oil. When the pan is hot, put the steak in the pan, but not flat sided; put it on its fatty edge in order to render some of the fat and make the edges slightly brown. Move the steak around until it reaches the desired brownness.
After, tip the steak on one side and cook it in its own fat for a few minutes, then flip and cook the other side for slightly less time. Then pour off almost all the fat leaving just a little bit and add quite a bit of butter and crushed garlic, season it with salt and continue cooking. Make sure to pour the butter over the steak regularly and turn the side every 10 minutes to cook the steak evenly.
When you are happy with the steak, remove it from the pan, leave it to rest for a little bit to lose some of the excessive butter and serve the perfectly crusty and brown steak with a glass strong Merlot.
No matter what method you will choose to cook your steak with, make sure to put some love and care into the process. Cooking a special dish like steak requires attention to details and some time.
Cook a steak when you have a little more time on your hands and a lot of mood for an at home cosy steak dinner. Turn some classical music on, pour a glass or two of red wine and feel the flavour of the best steak that you have just made yourself.