Cooking a steak can seem to be a tricky and daunting task but nothing beats a perfectly seared, buttery, medium-rare piece of deliciousness. Cooking a perfect steak is considered art itself. The best part of cooking a steak is, you can cook it within a couple of minutes and you end up with a masterpiece that could be served in a well-known restaurant.
Let’s take a look at two main ways of cooking the perfect steak from the easiest and the least time-consuming to the moderately hard and the most time-consuming.
Cooking steak on a stove
One of the greatest things about steak is its short and easy ingredient list. This is all you need for a perfectly seared steak:
- The beef cut of your choice (it’s better to choose quick-cooking cuts such as New York strip or ribeye, or even fillet mignon, just make sure that the thickness of a cut isn’t more than 1 – 1.5 inches)
- A splash of cooking oil
- 1 tbsp of butter
- Freshly ground black pepper
Begin with drying the meat with paper towels, then preheat your pan on medium-high heat.
Now, season your steak generously with salt and pepper. This will develop that golden-brown crust that we all love and want. Add oil to your pan and wait until you hear the sizzling noise.
Carefully lay the steak in the pan, releasing it away from you so you won’t splatter yourself with hot oil. Another important part of cooking the best steak is to leave it alone while cooking. Don’t mess with it and let it cook on one side until it develops golden-brown crust for about 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes turn the steak over and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side. Wait until the crust develops and then add a tablespoon of butter and a few fresh leaves of thyme. Baste the steak thoroughly with melted butter for 1 minute and transfer your steak to cool down for 2-5 minutes.
Cooking steak in the oven
The second really popular way of cooking a steak is searing it on the pan for a short amount of time and finishing cooking in the oven. This method starts just like the first method we talked about above. Start with preheating your pan on medium-high heat.
Then dry your steak with paper towels, season with salt and pepper generously. Add oil to your pan and wait until you hear the sizzling noise. Put the steak in the pan and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes. You could also baste it with butter and thyme. You just need to add your butter and thyme the minute you turn your steak on the other side.
After a golden crust develops on the other side, transfer your stake to the cooking pan, or if you’re using an oven-safe pan, put the pan straight into the oven (preheated to 400F or 200C). Cook your meat for 5-7 minutes in the oven, transfer it on the plate and let it cool down for 3-5 minutes.
These are the two most common methods of cooking the best steak. If you really want to make a good impression on somebody these methods will guarantee that you will end up with delicious medium-well steaks that will haunt anybody’s minds for the rest of their lives. People will come begging for more.