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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?

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    Brisket
    Brisket
    Beef shank
    Beef shank
    Top sirloin
    Top sirloin
    Round steak
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    Round steak
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    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.

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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

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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.

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    Garlic
    Garlic
    Shallots
    Shallots
    Pepper
    Pepper
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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.

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    Screaming hot

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

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    Coconut oil
    Coconut oil
    Butter
    Butter
    Canola oil
    Canola oil
    Margarine
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    Margarine
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    Canola oil

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Can You Cook This Steak To Perfection?

You, um, cooked something

We aren't quite sure if it's a steak, though. Or if it's quite edible. But congratulations for trying!

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You cooked a decent steak

Yum. You might have to chew it a bit...okay, a lot... but it's still a mostly-recognizable steak! Practice makes perfect, and we're sure you'll do better on your next go.

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You cooked a nearly perfect steak

Delicious work, friend. Your beautiful steak is almost perfect. However, we know you can go 10/10 and produce an impeccable steak if you put your culinary mind to it. Nice job, regardless!

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You cooked the perfect steak

Delectable. Heavenly. Exquisite. You have, indeed, prepared the perfect steak. Now revel in the glory of your flawless cuisine.

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