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How To Cook Steak - Why You Should Not Pierce The Steak

Updated on February 20, 2012
How to Cook Steak
How to Cook Steak

Step 1 - Set the steak out for room temperature

First, you're going to want to set the steak out to thaw for at least 20 to 30 minutes before you intend to eat it.  Longer is recommended, if possible, but at least set it out for 20 or 30 minutes.

Failing to do this will cause the steak to cook weird, so it is fully cooked on the outside but raw and cold in the center.

Step 2 - Remove moisture

Take a couple of dry paper towels, fold them in half and thoroughly pat the steak dry on all sides.  Any extra moisture will only get in the way of the cooking surface and cause the steak to cook less well than it otherwise could have.

Step 3 - Season well

Be sure to thoroughly season the steak well with as much rich flavor as possible.  Use a liberal amount of salt and fresh cracked pepper to make sure it's saturated in flavor.  One of my favorite seasonings is Tellicherry which develops a much more flavorful, explosive taste, because it is left on the vine longer. 

Step 4 - Pre-heat the grill

Pre-heat the grill to medium-high before you apply your steak to it.  It is recommended by the experts that you use a heavy frying pan as to allow a crust to develop while cooking.

Step 5 - Apply oil to pan

Use a good quality canola oil.  Just put a little bit in the bottom of the pan to coat it and ensure the cook steaks at the best quality possible.

A good quality canola oil that seems to do the job right every time is Pure Wessen.

How to Cook Steak
How to Cook Steak

Step 6 - Sizzle the steak

Once the pan is heated well enough, you can toss your steak in it.  You'll know it's hot enough if you hear it sizzle.

Turn the steak over only ONCE during the entire cooking process.  Let it cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side.  When you turn it over, use tongs as to not pierce the steak, allowing juices to escape.

Bona Petit!

After cooking, let the steak sit for 10 to 12 minutes in the pan to let it reabsorb some of it's juices and collect flavor. 

Then you're finished!  Cooking steak like this will lead to some of the best home cooked steak you'll ever taste in your life.  Enjoy.


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      Kingsthorpedavid 6 years ago from Toowoomba Queensland Australia

      I have a BBQ choice of Big Steel Keg (Bubba Keg); Weber Q 300 (gas); Weber Performer Kettle (charcoal); Volcano II Grill (charcoal). But not this weather! (mid-Winter).

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      jaredbangerter 6 years ago from New York City

      Any time, david. :] Yeah, Tellicherry makes a world of difference in the quality of taste of the steak. Be sure to try it out and let me know how you like it.

      Barbecue is another great choice for preparing steaks.

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      Kingsthorpedavid 6 years ago from Toowoomba Queensland Australia

      Nice article. Thanks for the tip about the Tellicherry, I see I can buy it from which is good as a live in Australia and Amazon will ship to Down Under.

      I prefer to use a Barbeque for my steaks, either a Weber Q gas BBQ or Weber Kettle with charcoal or my Big Steel Keg Kamado style grill with lump charcoal.

      David - Queensland Australia.