Best Way to Cook Steak?
Best Way to Cook Steak while there’s an increasing trend toward the “old school” method of grilling, which involves flipping and turning the meat over, and even using a thermometer to check for doneness, the classic best way to cook steak remains to let it come to room temperature before cooking. When the steak is properly prepared, it’ll reach its optimum taste and texture when it’s at just the right temperature, mostly 100 degrees or so.
You can actually speed up the process by raising the temperature to about two hundred and then letting it continue to rise for a half-hour or so, depending on the size of your steak. You don’t need a thermometer or special tools for this, and you can do it without much time investment, too. Here are some easy ways to make sure that you’re cooking steak the best way possible.
Before you start grilling, remove any excess fat from the steak. Most people, when they first get started, try to press their steaks into a pan to preserve as much of the natural marinade as possible. This is a mistake. All that marinade gets pushed into the surface of the meat, where it does little good.
The best way to cook a steak on a pan is on one of those wire racks that is lifted above the heat source.
Set the temperature you want your meat to reach, and then pre-heat your grill. Don’t open the grill door or turn on the gas until the grill has reached that temperature. Once the meat is done cooking, turn off the gas, and remove the meat from the grill (carefully) to avoid burning. Let the steak sit for five to ten minutes, flipping it occasionally to keep its juices in. When it’s done, carefully remove the steak from the grill and place it in the skillet.
Using a steak grill brush, gently press the sides of the steak to seal in the juices. The best way to cook steak in a skillet is with as many juices on the side as possible, and that’s what this brush is for. Using your spatula, turn the steaks over, and brush away any leftover juice left on the bottom. Place on a plate, and allow the excess juices to drain.
Steaks are best cooked just about any time you want them, but most people opt for the best time to cook them: the middle of the night.
That’s when the food slows down, and it’s perfectly cooked. If you’re using a charcoal barbecue, you can add a bit more charcoal and bring the flame up to another level to bring out even more flavors. Just keep an eye on the cooking time, and adjust accordingly.
Depending on your skill level, you’ll be able to tell exactly how rare or well done a piece of steak is. A rare steak has very little visible juices, and it’s ready to eat. Cooking medium-rare steak is the same as cooking rare steak – you should not see any juices on the outside when flipping it. It should still be fairly pink in color. If it looks gray or brownish, put it in the oven for only a few minutes to bring out its pinkness. Remember that this cooking time will affect the taste of the steak.
This might seem like a strange last suggestion, but it’s actually the best way to cook steak.
The gray band refers to the point at which the steak reaches its juiciest stage – when it’s really juicy. You should avoid cooking it past this point, as it will become tough and dry. Use a thermometer to check for doneness, and set your timer to give the steak one minute in medium-rare, then remove it from the heat.
While this might seem like a strange method, it’s actually the most common. Most people use a pan or wok with a mesh top to let the steam come through, and then they use a thermometer to judge doneness. The sous-vide cooking method means that you use a vacuum sealer to seal the steaks in airtight containers, and that’s why this method is often used to cook a steak.