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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cooking The Perfect Steak

How To Cook The Perfect Steak

Here is the easiest way to cook the perfect steak every time! Whether it be in the kitchen or on the grill.
Ingredients:
  • Heavy Grill Pan or Outdoor Grill
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper

This recipe if for an average steak 1 1/4" thick. Total cooking time 9 minutes.

Bring the Steak to room temperature. Season "heavily" with salt and fresh ground pepper. I mean add a lot so it's practically falling off the meat. It gives it so much more flavor. That's why it tastes so good at a restaurant, they season more than the average person.

Heat the grill pan or grill to a medium high heat.

I hit the grill pan with some olive oil just before I put the steak on to prevent sticking.

Rule of thumb: hot pan, cold oil.

Place your meat on the grill pan on a slight angle. Let sit for about two minutes. After two minutes move slightly to make the cris cross grill mark. If the meat is sticking do not move until it releases. DO NOT TURN THE STEAK OVER!

Continue to cook another 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn over Steak and do the same.

If you don't care about the cris crossed grill marks just leave your Steak alone! Do not flip it over until it's time about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes per side total.... leave it sit.

A 1 1/4" thick steak only take 8 - 9 minutes total cooking time for Medium Rare (125 degrees). So 4 to 4 1/2 minutes per side only!

Remove Steak from pan, cover and let rest for five to ten minutes. This lets the juices return to the center of the meat. Also, once removed from the heat the meats temperature rises 5 degrees and continues to cook. So remove your steak a little sooner depending on how done you like it.

Rule of thumb when cooking Steaks: DO NOT FLIP OVER BACK AND FORTH, DO NOT STAB WITH A KNIFE. LET IT SIT.

If you want to check your temperature stick the temperature gage into the side of the steak not in the top. This will give you an accurate reading in the middle.

Wine Recommendation: Red wine works well with red meats.

Enjoy!

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