Undeniably, the king of the dinner table. Every guy should know how to cook up a decent steak, but in case you don’t (or just need a helpful reminder) this is how to cook up the perfect steak to impress that girl…
Step 1 – buy steak
I know, pretty obvious right? Thing is, cooking a great steak starts with buying a great piece of beef. If the budget allows, fork out for a fillet steak – this is the best cut, and ideally you’re looking for one about 4cm thick. You can usually save a bit of cash by going to the meat counter rather than getting a pre-packed, and this normally means a fresher bit of meat as well.
Step 2 – the build-up
A couple of hours before you start cooking, bring the steak out of the fridge and let it come up to room temperature. This gives you a more even cook when it comes to frying time.
Step 3 – seasoning
Grab a paper towel and gently pat down the surface of the meat (don’t try toilet roll, it’ll just fall apart on the meat and then cook up a charred, papery taste – not ideal.) Whack a bit of black pepper on the steak, then push it gently into the surface of the meat so that it sticks.
Step 4 – the options
Your well-seasoned, room-temperature steak is ready for the pan. You now have a few options
- RARE – the connoisseur’s choice, a rare steak should be soft and juicy. Some blood should still be visible when you press down on the surface. Cooking time: 2 minutes each side.
- MEDIUM – the cautious option, a medium steak should be evenly cooked all the way through, with no blood visible when cut. Cooking time: 4 minutes each side.
- WELL DONE – a waste of good meat, if you ask us, but it takes all kinds… A steak that’s cooked to this level is firm and brown all the way through, you’re looking at a cooking time of around 6+ minutes each side.
Step 5 – cook that steak
Make sure you’ve got a decent frying pan on a high heat, the steak should sizzle as soon as it hits the pan. Cook for 90 seconds on each side, pressing down on the meat with a spatula (or whatever you can find that’s close. For most of us that’s a fork) until both sides are browned. Then turn the heat down to medium, add a bit of butter and keep turning the steak over about every minute until you hit the desired RARE / MEDIUM / WELL DONE level
Step 6 – rest
The steak, not you. Take the meat out of the pan and leave it for 3-5 minutes to let the juices settle. Get some fresh salad or something on the plate, give it a nice backdrop (you won’t eat it, let’s face it, but it’ll look nice) and arrange the steak like you’re Marco Whatsisname, tea towel over the arm and everything.
Congratulations, you’ve just cooked the perfect steak.