How to Cook a Sirloin Steak in a Cast Iron Skillet
Sirloin steak is surprisingly simple to cook on the stove for the perfect level of doneness, and almost as delicious as it is when cooked on the grill! One of the biggest downsides about small apartment here in Barcelona? namely, that we are not allowed to own a proper grill. This is unfortunate because we would certainly love to be able to cook sirloin steaks on the barbecue now and then. The other downside is that we can’t go outdoors, which is unfortunate too, because the lovely evenings with the family in the garden would be completely ruined if we couldn’t grill the steak at least once or twice.
A medium-well, or medium-rare, the steak is generally recommended for cooking in a charcoal or gas barbeque (but not on a wood burner!) as medium-rare steak offers the most browned on the interior and exterior of the meat. You can also tell if your steak is medium-rare by looking at the exterior: if you can see pink or red spots in the center of the steak, it is medium-rare!
I was given the wonderful opportunity of working alongside a world-class chef, whilst training in Barcelona, and one of my jobs there was to cook a steak on the stove.
And the one thing that I learned about how to cook a steak on the stove, is that it is a different beast altogether from how it’s cooked on the barbecue. A grill is merely a tool for the grill to dry the meat (or whatever you’re cooking), but the actual cooking process itself requires a lot more finesse than simply flipping the food into the coals. To cook steak on the stove, you need to apply pressure throughout the entire cooking process, and this is where many a home chef gets things wrong. The pressure is applied by pushing the handle of the skillet firmly against the middle of the meat so that the juices that have accumulated in the bottom are released as well.
It takes at least five minutes to cook a half-inch thick piece of meat using a gas or charcoal grill, but it takes even longer to cook a thin slice using a steak thermometer. For thin cuts, such as the tenderloin we usually accompany seafood recipes with, it’s advisable to start cooking at a temperature of about 150 degrees until the meat is done. We’ve found this to be an ideal starting point for many seafood dishes – simply add a little oil and let the meat cook naturally. It is important not to stick your hand into the grill or fire, because the heat will cause your hands to turn white. Also, be sure not to touch the sides of the meat while it is cooking – it will burn very easily.
When you’re preparing the meat in the oven, you can also cook strip steaks in the oven, using a steak in the oven recipes we previously mentioned.
If you want a rarer piece of meat, use a pair of metal tongs, and leave out any bones in the steak. You’ll need to cook the strip steaks in the oven, on a hot rack, turning frequently. If you cook the meat properly, they should reach a desired level of doneness in five to eight minutes. Use your gas or charcoal grill to monitor the internal temperature, using a thermometer to check. Just be sure to remove the steak from the grill once it’s done to prevent burning.
If you prefer a nice marinade, try making your own barbecue sauce with mustard seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, and a dash of lemon juice. Use a food processor to liquefy the sauce, and then leave it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. How to cook a sirloin in a cast iron skillet: Using a beef brisket, cook the meat to be sure it doesn’t burn and remove it from the grill as soon as it is done. Place the meat on a cast iron skillet with a short rubbery slice of ginger on the bottom.
A good quality brush for flipping is very important when learning how to cook a sirloin steak at home.
Your average kitchen knife won’t do much good, since you want to use a brush that will get into the meat and create a good crust, not one that will scrape the surface as it cooks. It’s also a good idea to use a pair of kitchen shears for this since even a knife will be blunt. It’s a good idea to make sure that your steak is resting in a very cool place, such as an oven, for the best results.
A perfectly cooked steak can be seasoned with a variety of different items. The steak should be seasoned with salt and pepper, but be careful not to season it too much, or else it’ll become bland. Seasoning a steak is a matter of determining your personal tastes and how your steak is cooked. Some people prefer a sweeter flavor, while others prefer a more rich flavor, so it’s really a matter of personal preference when learning how to cook a sirloin steak at home.