How to Cook the Perfect Steak

October 24, 2017 • 0 comments

How to Cook the Perfect Steak
Photo by John Valls

Directions

Generously season your steaks with salt and pepper.  Place them on a wire rack set inside a foil-lined baking sheet if you’re using the oven.  No need if you’re grilling.  For the best results, refrigerate uncovered for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. If you don’t have time, leave them out and get your cooking element of choice hot!

Cooking Inside

Preheat the oven anywhere between 200 and 250 degrees F.  The lower the temperature, the more evenly the meat cooks, but it also takes longer.

Place the steaks, still on the rack, in the oven and roast until they’re 10 to 15 degrees F lower than the temperature you’d like to serve them.  (For medium-rare, or 130 degrees F, remove at 115.)  A good, accurate meat thermometer is essential!

Just before removing the steaks from the oven, heat a cast iron or heavy stainless steel pan over high heat with 1-tablespoon oil.  As soon as the oil starts smoking, add the steaks to the pan with 1 tablespoon of butter and cook, while shaking the pan slightly, until one side is nicely browned, about 45 seconds.  Turn the steaks over, sear the second side, and then sear the edges.

Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest 1 to 2 minutes, or serve immediately.

Cooking Outside

Heat the grill. For gas, light the burners on one side and heat on low with the cover closed. For wood or charcoal, prepare a two-zone fire and rake the coals to one side when the fire is hot.  How hot? You shouldn’t be able to hold your hand 3-inches from the grate for more than 3 seconds.

Place the steaks on the cooler side of the grill; cover and cook until they’re 10 to 15 degrees F lower than the temperature you’d like to serve them.  (For medium-rare, or 130 degrees F, remove at 115.)  A good, accurate meat thermometer is essential!

To finish on the grill, remove the steaks and tent them with foil while you raise the heat on the hot side with more charcoal, or by adjusting the burners. When the grill is hot (use the 3 second rule), sear the steaks until evenly browned, flipping occasionally, about 1-1/2 minutes total.

Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest 1 to 2 minutes, or serve immediately.

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