For many years I tried to get the perfect preparation for steak yet I could never quite get it right every time. I have to be honest even friends of mine who claim to be able to get their steak right, never really achieved it in my view, although of course I never would have told them this. IT wasn’t until I watched a video with the brilliant chef Rick Andreoli Montreal, that I finally learned the perfect process to prepare and cook the steak, and thanks to him this is now a dish that I get right every single time. If you too wish to cook the perfect steak each time, here is how to do it.
Preparing the Steak
The preparation of the steak is absolutely critical and if you don’t get this right then it is unlikely that you will be able to deliver a tasty and juicy steak. To begin with we need to take the steak out of the fridge, at least 30 minutes before you cook it. If you take the meat straight from the cold fridge to the hot pan then all of those muscle fibres are going to tighten up in shock, and that will lead to a tough steak. After the steak has been brought to almost room temperature, rub both sides with generous amounts of olive oil and salt and pepper.
Once you have fully prepared the steak it is time to get cooking, what you’ll need here is a very hot pan and a teaspoon of oil which has been heated up. Place the steak on the heat and leave it for around 1 minute in order to seal that side. If you aren’t sure of timings, as it will depend on the size of the steak that you have, then look instead to wait until around 1/3 of the side of the steak has changed colour, and then flip it. You should only ever turn the steak once, that is all that is required.
Cooking Different Types
Now with regards to different cooking times, there is a handy tip that we can use to check on the firmness of the steak, which will indicate whether it is rare of well done. Using the flabby bit of flesh at the base of your thumb, this indicates the varying finishes of the cook. The lower, softer part would be rare, and closer to the bone where it gets harder, that would indicate well done. Using this as your guide, you can push the middle of the steak to find out how well done it is.
Letting it Rest
And finally it is absolutely critical that you let the steak settle before you serve it up or before you slice it. What this will allow the steak to do is to continue spreading the juices throughout the meat which will ensure that you get the fullest flavour profile possible.
Follow these tips and you will get the perfect steak every single time.
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