How do you cook a steak properly?
I've been trying to perfect my steak skills, but my steaks keep coming out really tough to chew. Can anybody give me a good way to cook a steak to perfection. I also would like to know how to cook a thicker steak without it being raw in the middle.
I salt my steaks really well with kosher salt and leave them on my countertop for 30-60 minutes before cooking. It draws moisture from the meat and helps tenderize. Heat a cast iron skillet until very hot (in a 400F oven about 20 minutes) Then put it on a burner on high heat.
Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper. Sear the steaks on both sides, 2 minutes per side. Now place a pat of butter on top of each steak and slide the skillet into the oven to finish them, just a few minutes.
You'll need an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness. For a medium steak you'll need to read an internal temperature of 145 F. It will rise a further 5 degrees after being removed from the oven. Transfer them to a cutting board, cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes. You'll have one of the best steaks you've ever tasted!
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