If there’s one thing all gents should know, and know well, it’s how to cook the perfect steak. There’s no shame in admitting your steak skills are a little lacklustre, that’s why we’re here after all. Whether it’s to impress on a first date or whet your own appetite, there’s no greater tool of persuasion than a perfectly cooked steak. What’s even better is it’s only 4 steps away.
- Give your pan time to heat up by placing it over a medium to high heat. This means that the surface of the pan will effectively seal over and keep your steak juicy. No one likes a dry steaks.
- Rather than oiling the pan up, oil the steak instead. Make sure your steak is at room temperature before you introduce it to the pan. Also – make sure you’re starting off with a good cut of steak otherwise your efforts will be in vain. Is there anything worse than grisly steak?
- Once you get the steak on the heat flip it only once. If you flip the steak more than once it will dry out you won’t even impress your dog with the scraps. Harsh? Maybe, but we just want you to get the perfect flippin’ steak, OK? Knowing when to flip the steak is also of the highest importance: for rare you want 2-3 minutes each side. For medium 4 minutes and 5-6 minutes for well done steaks.
- Last but not least, take it out of the pan. How will you know when it’s ready? Easy! Using your tongs (or preferred cooking implement of choice, such as your fingers…no judgement here) gently press down on the steak in the centre; a rare steak will be soft to touch while a medium will spring back with some firmness to it. A well done steak will be very firm and won’t spring back to the touch. Once you’re happy with how it’s cooked, leave it to rest for around 15 minutes. Then, dig in.
Wasn’t that easy? Pair with your favourite sides and an icey cold beer. Guess what? You can actually match your beer to your steak. It’s true! We wrote about it here. Now go enjoy your steak! You earnt it.