Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

I don't know about you, but I LOVE steak. It wasn't always like this though. I actually hated steak until about 3 years ago. My mom always cooked it well-done and this makes the meat dry without much flavor. Then one day a friend of mine made steak for me. It was cooked somewhere between medium and medium-rare. I couldn't believe how good it was! It was really tender and had so much flavor! I could eat it plain. My friend once said, "a good steak doesn't need steak sauce". I agree.

How to cook the perfect steak, medium rare
The Perfect Steak
How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Remove steak from fridge until room temperature. Add seasoning to both sides of steak. Place some oil in pan and wait until it's hot (medium high heat). I season my steaks with garlic powder, seasoned salt, rosemary, peppercorn medley grinder, and steak seasoning. 

Thick steak instructions:
About 30 minutes before grilling, remove steak from refrigerators to bring to room temperature to allow steak to cook more evenly and faster. 

Sear steak for 2 minutes on medium high then reduce heate to medium low and cook according to thickness and level of doneness preferred. 

1.5 inch steak:
     Rare: 5-6 minutes (125-130 degrees)
     Medium rare: 6-7 minutes (130-140)
     Medium: 8-9 minutes (140-150)
     Medium well: 10-11 minutes(150-160)

1 inch steak:
     Rare: 3-4 minutes
     Medium rare: 4-5 minutes
     Medium: 6-7 minutes
     Medium we'll: 7-8 minutes

Thin steak instructions:
Cook on medium high heat. Cook for indicated time for preferred doneness. Remove from heat and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Steak will continue to cook and juices with sink in for a great flavor. 

3/4 inch: 
     Rare: 2-3 minutes
     Medium rare: 3-4 minutes
     Medium: 4-5 minutes
     Medium well: 5-6 minutes

1/2 inch:
     Rare: 2 minutes
     Medium rare: 2-3 minutes
     Medium: 3-4 minutes
     Medium well: 4-5 minutes

1/4 inch:
     Medium rare: 1 minute (30 seconds on each side)
     Medium: 1 min 30 seconds 

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