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Method for cooking a great steak
Member Name: edinburgher
Advantages: Beautiful steak every time
Method for cooking a great steak:
Being a massive meat fan, I've spent a long time perfecting what I feel to be a great, idiot-proof way to cook a steak and thought I'd share.
Steak (the larger, the better!) - I prefer rump steaks and popeseye, as they typically cook well for me
Groundnut oil - far higher smoking point than olive oil/butter, essential for a good steak
Sea salt and pepper - use good sized crystals, table salt is a poor substitute
Large frying pan with a heavy base
1. Take the steak out of the plastic packaging an hour before you need it and leave it at room temperature. It won't cook at its best if it's still cold when you start.
2. Dry the steak thoroughly with strong kitchen roll. Having a dry steak is essential to browning it correctly and excess water in the pan is a big no-no.
3. 50 minutes into the hour, sprinkle each side liberally with crushed pepper and sea salt, patting it in with your hands/a spoon. Be generous, this will help to form a delicious crust when you cook it. Don't put the salt on any earlier than this as it draws blood from the meat which will toughen up the steak.
4. As soon as you've seasoned the steak, heat the pan to a ridiculously high temperature and allow 5 minutes for the oil to get very hot.
5. Put the steak carefully in the pan and allow sufficient time to cook (as a rule of thumb, I use 2/3/3.5 minutes a side depending on the thickness). You can move it about to spread oil etc., but try and avoid it and *it should only be turned once*!
6. Take the steak out of the pan and allow it to rest on a warm plate before serving (I allow 5/7/10 minutes depending on the thickness). A cold plate will dry the meat out, so bung your plate in the microwave/oven before cooking.
You should end up with a delightful steak, blackened slightly on the outside but with a lovely pink centre and a tasty salt/pepper crust in places.
Give the method a shot - it's seen me through many a dinner!
Summary: Reliable method for well-cooked steaks and happy diners.