Steak cooking tips

paganum steak

paganum steak

A few short sharp steak cooking tips :-

  • Make sure you start with good quality steak, preferably with a nice bit of fat and well hung for a minimum of 21 to 28 days.
  • The Pan. Make sure you use a heavy pan and get it really hot so that you can brown and caramelize the steak when sealing it.
  • Don’t mess with the steak, just leave it and let it brown and sizzle don’t keep prodding or turning it, the less messing the better.
  • Brush with oil before dropping into the pan.
  • Marco Pierre White suggests mixing a Knorr beef stock cube with a little olive oil into a paste and coat the steak with that before frying.  He swears by it.
  • Season steak with good quality sea salt like Maldon Sea Salt before frying.
  • For a medium cut steak, that is, not cut very thick, 2 to 3 minutes per side should give you a medium rare steak, increase timings for medium and medium to well, if you want it well done reconsider !!  go on try it medium or medium to well.
  • The steak touch or poke test, people use various systems but here are the main two I am aware of! Compare the softness in the fleshy muscle part of your thumb when you poke it with your finger to the feel when you prod the steak with the same finger!!  so for rare steak it should feel like your thumb touching your index finger, for medium rare – thumb touching your middle finger, medium – thumb to ring finger and medium to well done your little finger.  After you’ve tried this method you’ll get the idea, how it should feel follows.
  • Very Rare Steak – feels soft and squishy
    Rare Steak – soft to the touch
    Medium-Rare Steak – yields gently to the touch
    Medium Steak – yields only slightly to the touch, beginning to firm up
    Medium-Well Steak – firm to the touch
    Well-Done Steak – hard to the touch
  • Link to a video of Jonny Gilmore cooking the Perfect Steak at the Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey
  • Let me know your own top steak tips….

About cwildman

Local Food Evangelist, 5th Generation Butcher based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. Town End Farm Shop, Artisan Butchery & Charcuterie, Home of The Yorkshire Chorizo.
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