Cooking the perfect steak
Cooking the perfect steak can be a challenge, even for top chefs. That's because smaller cuts of meat can dry out easily or cook too quickly so they become dry, tough or leathery. We recommend using a heavy frying pan or griddle (ridged pan) rather than an electric grill as you can control the temperature more easily.
CHEF'S TIP: Rump comprises of several muscles, all of which are frequently used, giving it a firmer texture, and more of a juicy "bite" than a soft-textured steak such as fillet. It also has fine marbling, which ensures it is full of flavour.
These Pavé Rump Steaks are cut across the grain to approximately 50-60 mm (2-2¼ inches) thick. The term pavé refers to the shape, which is rectangular or square.
Due to the thickness of these steaks, they require a slightly longer cooking time than that given in our ‘Steak Cooking Guide', which is why we've included this separate guide.
Step 1 - Prepare the steaks
- Allow to come to room temperature (for about 20 minutes).
- If bought from mail order, defrost overnight in a refrigerator, in original packaging and pat dry.
Step 2 - Preheat your pan
- Heat a griddle or frying pan over a high heat until hot, but not smoking. (If the pan is too hot, the outside will burn before the inside is done, too cold, and your steaks will be tough).
- Brush the steaks with oil (to avoid using too much), or pour a little oil into the pan, and season if desired. (Canola or groundnut oil is best, but olive oil is fine too.)
- When you place the steaks in the pan, a "sizzle" will tell you if it's hot enough.
Step 3 - Cook to your liking
- For a medium steak: Cook on one side without touching for 3-4 minutes, then reduce to a medium heat and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- Gently turn the steak over with a pair of tongs (don't pierce it, or the juices will escape), and cook for a further 6 minutes. (You can vary the times here if you prefer a rare or well-done steak.)
- To test for doneness, press the steak gently with the tip of your finger. Rare should be soft and supple, well done firm, and medium in between.
Step 4 - Rest your steaks
- Resting is just as important as cooking, as it allows the meat to become warm, moist and tender all the way through.
- Remove from the pan, place on a rack and cover with foil and leave in a warm place for up to 10 minutes. Remember it is always better to over-rest your steaks than to under-rest them. Resting helps the meat to achieve the full flavour and tenderness.
Step 5 - Serve your steaks
- Lay your table with razor-sharp, un-serrated steak knives designed to cut cleanly through the meat.
- Serve your steaks on hot dinner plates, and enjoy.
Guide to steak cooking times
The times given here are a guide only and refer to a steak that is approximately 2.5cm or 1" thick. Thicker steaks may require a longer cooking time, and vice versa for thinner steaks.
Rare: 1-2 minutes per side - rest for 6-8 minutes
Medium rare: 2-2.5 minutes per side - rest for 5 minutes
Medium: 3 minutes per side - rest for 4 minutes
Well done: 4.5 minutes per side - rest for 1 minute