How to cook steak

Article by: Julie Filips  |  Picture by: naples34102
How to cook steak
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Learn how to cook steak to perfection with our step-by-step guide. Take a tip from restaurant chefs - start by searing the steak on the hob, then finish cooking in a hot oven. This fail-safe process produces a steak with a deeply caramelised exterior and a tender and perfectly cooked interior, every time.

Follow this guide to cook two steaks. Use a larger pan if cooking more steaks to avoid overcrowding the pan.

Bring the steaks to room temperature. Rub the steaks with 1/4 teaspoon oil per side and generously season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 260 degrees C / Gas mark 10 (a very hot oven produces a juicy interior). Place a 25cm ovenproof frying pan (cast iron is a great choice) in the oven as it preheats.
When the oven reaches 260 degrees C, use an oven glove to remove the pan from oven. Be careful! The pan and the handle will be extremely hot. Place the pan on the hob and turn the heat to high.
Immediately place steaks in the middle of the hot, dry pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes without moving; turn steaks with tongs, and cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
Transfer the pan with the seared steaks to the hot oven. Roast in the centre of the oven until the steaks are cooked to your liking, about 3 to 5 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to test for exact doneness:

Rare - 52 degrees C
Medium rare - 54 degrees C
Medium - 60 degrees C
Medium well - 65 degrees C
Well done - 70 degrees C
Transfer the cooked steaks to a warm plate and tent loosely with aluminium foil. Let the steaks rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. During this time the meat continues to cook (steak temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven) and the juices will redistribute.
After resting, your perfectly cooked steaks are ready to enjoy! If you are making a sauce for your steak, use the resting time to make a quick peppercorn sauce or a red wine reduction.
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  • Comment: LorraineCooper

    Posted: 03 Mar 2018
    Really great article, another tip I learnt from my mother when cooking steak is that you should never use a spatula to press down on the steak. By doing so you force it to cook when what you actually want is the steak to cook in it's own time, slowly and leisurely.
    Posted: 16 Jun 2012 Easy
    Really good! Very juicy!
    Posted: 13 Aug 2011 Easy


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