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Updated on Mar 20, 2019. Posted on Apr 28, 2017

Can You Cook This Steak To Perfection?

Time to put your chef skills to the test.

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There are countless ways to cook a thick steak. We're going to see if you can prepare one using the classic and quick pan searing method. Ready?

  1. WHICH CUT OF
    BEEF SHOULD
    YOU USE?

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    Wrong! 

    Top sirloin

    Using the wrong cut of meat for this method will result in a tough disappointment. Use tougher cuts of meat for braising and stewing, and leaner, tender cuts for quicker cooking methods.

  2. How long should you
    let your steak come
    to room temperature?

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    20 minutes

    Bringing steak to room temperature will help your product cook more evenly. If not, your steak won't cook as well. A good rule of thumb is to let your steak sit out for 20 minutes for every inch of thickness before cooking

  3. How much salt
    should you season
    your steak with?

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    1 teaspoon per pound

    Steak needs A LOT of seasoning and this is the time to do it! Make sure to pat it dry with a paper towel before you add the salt. Drying it off will give it a better sear.

  4. What other seasoning
    should you add
    in the beginning?

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    Pepper

    Fresh aromatics like garlic will burn during the high heat stages of searing, resulting in an unpleasant flavor. Stick to salt and peppercorns during this step of cooking. If you want to add fresh aromatics in the end, infuse their flavors with a basting of butter.

  5. How hot should
    your pan be
    for searing?

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    Screaming hot

    If your pan isn't hot enough during searing, your steak won't develop a flavorful, caramelized crust.

  6. What should you
    heat in the pan
    before your steak?

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    Wrong! 

    Canola oil

    The other fats have a low smoke point and can burn when cooked to high temperatures.

  7. How long should
    you sear
    each side?

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    Until it detaches itself

    If the steak doesn't move easily, it's not done. Don't be afraid to cook it to a dark sear.

  8. How do
    you finish
    cooking it?

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    In a hot oven

    Cooking in an oven ensures it is evenly cooked and not overly browned. Although steaming your steak would cook it through, it would ruin your beautiful crust.

  9. What temperature
    should should the center
    reach if you want a
    beautiful medium-rare?

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    125°F

    125°F is the perfect medium rare. Anything above risks being overcooked. You can also do a touch test to see if it's cooked to your liking.

  10. When can
    you cut it?

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    Give it 5 minutes per inch

    If you cut it too soon the juices will run, resulting in a dry steak. Make sure to cut against the grain to keep your steak nice and tender.