What is the best way to check a steak for the level of doneness?

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  1. Gordon Hamilton profile image96
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 6 years ago

    What is the best way to check a steak for the level of doneness?

    Whether in the pan or on the grill, how can you tell when a steak is rare, medium or well done?


  2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image99
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years ago

    When you see it browning nicely on all sides, cut into the center of it and take a peek.  This will tell you if you need to cook it further.

  3. catgypsy profile image75
    catgypsyposted 6 years ago

    The instant read thermometers are great for this. That's the only way I can tell for sure, except for peeking (cutting into it and looking, but sometimes you don't want to do that if you're serving it to company...haha).

  4. Mercia Collins profile image71
    Mercia Collinsposted 6 years ago

    It is mainly experience telling how long to cook a steak to preference. You can cut into it as others have said, which is fine, when cooking the steak for yourself. Practice makes perfect, cook lots of steaks.

  5. profile image48
    ThePhoomposted 6 years ago

    Cook a few steaks to each level of doneness, press on them with your finger and note the different. Start from there and you will master this in no time.

  6. grillrepair profile image65
    grillrepairposted 6 years ago

    No! No! Nooo!  You Cannot Puncture The Outer Layer of A Steak While It Is Grilling.

    If you care enough to cook, barbecue, smoke or grill good red meats you have to put in the time to appreciate the flavor a varied textures.  After cooking 2 or 3 steaks you should be able to press firmly with a finger to determine the "squishy-ness" of the meat.
    Obviously the food will toughen up as it cooks but the texture and firmness will be different depending on pan-frying, grilling, smoking, barbecue, etc.

    Cutting into the meat or puncturing the surface with a temperature gauge, fork, knife or anything else will cause the inner meat to change its ability to have moisture and a different texture than the outer layer affected by the type of cooking.
    Never break the surface of red meat while it is cooking!


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