What Is The Best Way to Cook Steaks?
The best way to cook steaks some like their food rare while other people want it just right. There are several ways you can cook steaks at home. The type of cooking method you use depends upon the cut of beef you are using. Here are some tips to help you decide.
The best way to cook steaks at home is on a hot grill. Most of us love to barbeque our meat at home, especially when it’s hot outside. The best cut of meat for this method is a sirloin or other fillet style steak. Let the meat cook thoroughly on one side until it is pink and done, then flip and baste the other side. Trim away any excess fat, leaving only a small bit on the grill. Season the steak on both ends as well with fresh black pepper but no salt, as that encourages the juice to come out as well.
If you prefer to make a steak in the oven, the best way to cook steaks is to put the meat on a hot griddle directly on a hot part of a cast-iron skillet or an aluminum frying pan.
Allow the skillet to get very hot, as much as 300 degrees F, for a minute or two. Then turn the burner off, unplug the cord from the wall, and preheat the oven to the appropriate temperature.
If you would rather not use a skillet, you could also cook your steaks in the oven. In this case, you would need to arrange the steaks for baking in a roasting pan or the baking cavity of a large pot or pan. Season them with salt and freshly squeezed lemon juice, and either bake or broil them on a hot rack for about one hour, or until the meat is done. Salt is essential here since it helps release the juice, which gives the steaks its distinctive flavor.
To cook steaks quickly at a low temperature, try seating them on a cast iron skillet with short ribs facing down. Set the steamer to medium heat, and add oil to help the steak cook evenly. Place the short ribs onto the skillet, and turn them over once or twice, to allow even cooking throughout. Cook for three minutes, until brown on the outside and dark brown on the inside. Turn the steamer up to high and cook the steak for two minutes, until done.
For more even cooking of steaks, try using a barbecue accessory called a barbeque lighter.
Many models include a ring on the handle that can be used as a thermometer to determine the right cooking temperature since they are designed to be used in a colder environment than traditional ovens. Place the lighter next to the rack of a charcoal grill, and light it up. The coals will ignite and give off their own heat, raising the temperature of the inside of the charcoal grill to what is necessary for searing.
If you have never cooked steaks directly from the grill before, you may want to practice by grilling some thin strips of beef. Lightly cover the outside of the strip with aluminum foil, and then grill the strip until it begins to brown and flip. This may seem strange, but if you keep flipping the strip, it will eventually get brown on all sides, and then it will stick easily to the silver-painted grill. Use this same technique for searing onions.
If you are grilling briskets, you can also cook them directly on the hot coals, but make sure you don’t burn yourself.
If you have never done anything like this before, I highly recommend trying it. As I said, searing is the name of the game when it comes to cooking steaks. The higher the temperature you set, the faster the food will cook, allowing you to save on time. The lower the temperature, the slower the food will cook, and the more you’ll have to put into making it delicious!