Steak is one of the meals that most people look forward to. Whether cooked on the grill or on the stove, there are certain things that you can do to help ensure that your steak is cooked perfectly. This can make the difference between an “ok” steak and one that can be cut with a fork and almost melts in your mouth. What are some tips and tricks that you can follow to cook the perfect steak for your next steak night?
Picking out your steaks in an important step. While you may be on a budget, you want to buy the highest quality steaks possible. This can make a big difference in how well it cooks and tastes. Choose steaks that are at least 1-inch thick to ensure your steak is juicy. Anything thinner will dry out and anything thicker will be difficult for you to gauge when it is cooked.
Bring steaks to room temperature. You want to allow your steaks to come to room temperature before you begin cooking. Remove them from the refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to cooking, whether you are grilling or pan cooking, to give them time to come to room temperature. A cold steak will contract when it hits the heat, which will cause the meat to toughen. Another tip that you want to follow is to gently dry off the steaks prior to cooking. If your steak is wet, it will be steamed, rather than cooked.
To salt or not to salt. Some people say to salt the steaks prior to cooking, some during the cooking, and some after they are cooked. Applying salt before you cook tends to bring moisture up from the steak, which will cause the steaks to be steamed, rather than grilled or cooked the way you want them. Choose to salt your steak after it has been turned once to ensure that the extra moisture is not leeched from the meat.
Turning the steak properly. Most people assume that they just use a fork to turn the steaks, but this causes the liquids to run out from the steak, causing it to dry out prematurely. You want to use tongs to turn the steak and refrain from mashing the steak with your tongs. This can keep the juices inside the steak, leaving it tasting great.
Let it rest. Resting a steak is something that most people forget to do, but it can be one of the most important parts of cooking a perfect steak. Most people begin cutting it before they let it rest and this can cause the juices to run out leaving your steak drier than you may like. Just a few minutes sitting on a plate should do it.
The perfect steak can be had whether you are baking, grilling, or pan frying. They key is to treat it in the right way before, during and after cooking to ensure that it is as juicy and tender as possible. By getting high quality steaks, letting them come to room temperature, not salting them too early, turning them with tongs, and letting it rest when cooked, you will be able to cook the perfect steak that will taste great. Treat your entire family to a melt in your mouth steak that you cook yourself.