How to Cook the Perfect Steak

magic

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Right I’ve had enough of the Covid and political nonsense, I’ve got my boy home from uni and I happen to be the worst chef in the universe. Anyone got any tips on how to cook the perfect medium sirloin steak??🤤
 

Chris_Boro

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Pan sear the outsides on a high heat with some butter, then move to a medium heat until cooked to your liking (about 2 and bit minutes on each side for medium).

Leave to rest for a few minutes before serving.
 

Millbrook

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Obviously it depends on thickness but for the typical sized supermarket steak I would go as follows;

Very hot pan, no oil
1 min each side to sear it
pan off the heat and 30 seconds each side, may need to pop the pan on the heat a little but you want gentle heat.
leave to rest for 5 min in 50 degree plate warming section of oven.

No doubt our resident chef from Great Ayton will correct or improve.

Enjoy the time with your boy.

Had not seen other posts when I wrote this so you have some choice.
 

Alexander Supertramp

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Yeah you want the pan screaming hot really… whack it on full for about 5 mins before cooking

Oil and season the steak - LOTS of s&p, rub with a garlic clove sliced in half.

cook for a minute or so either side depending on thickness. If possible turn over to different part of pan for maximum heat.

rest on a warm plate for the same amount of time you cooked it (under some loose foil is good too)

Oh and stop eating them medium 😂
 

Randy

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Lots of different ways to cook steak. Its a free hand skill and there are more right ways than wrong ways. Seal, rest for the same amount of time you've sealed the steak for then flash in the pan again until desired style is reached.

Medium rare is my go to. Once you see the blood coming out of the steak on the second cook, take it off the heat and serve immediately. As I said though others will have different ways.

Oh and there is no such thing as 'medium well'.
 

Pak_Doo_Ik

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Lots of different ways to cook steak. Its a free hand skill and there are more right ways than wrong ways. Seal, rest for the same amount of time you've sealed the steak for then flash in the pan again until desired style is reached.

Medium rare is my go to. Once you see the blood coming out of the steak on the second cook, take it off the heat and serve immediately. As I said though others will have different ways.

Oh and there is no such thing as 'medium well'.
Cmon Randy you know it’s not blood, one of my favourite QI facts

The red liquid in a ‘bloody steak’ is actually a mix of water and a muscle protein called myoglobin
 

Tom_Boro

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Salt pepper and oil the steak, heat the skillet on full whack for 4 minutes and throw the steak on, seal every side for 60 seconds and then throw in a knob of butter some rosemary, chilli powder, garlic and Cajun seasoning. Cook 2 minutes each side and serve 😋
 

Randy

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Cmon Randy you know it’s not blood, one of my favourite QI facts

The red liquid in a ‘bloody steak’ is actually a mix of water and a muscle protein called myoglobin
Imagine a front of house member of staff putting that on a ticket. "No myoglobin please". 🤣

Oh and don't put pepper on your steaks until ready to serve. Pepper, especially black cracked pepper, burns easy in a hot pan unless you prefer that burnt taste.
 

Andy_W

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Right I’ve had enough of the Covid and political nonsense, I’ve got my boy home from uni and I happen to be the worst chef in the universe. Anyone got any tips on how to cook the perfect medium sirloin steak??🤤
My mate does a sous vide for his steaks (water bath, with steak wrapped in cling film or some sealed pouch) which I think raises the internal temp, and then he blasts the outside at high temp on a griddle, after he's got the inside to the temp he want's. He swears by it and they do look class, but I've never tried it, and it does look like a faff on.
 

Andy_W

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My lass likes fillet, but a big thick chunk, and cannot seem to grasp that an amateur like me has zero chance of cooking her stake so it's cooked through, without burning the outside, without putting it in the oven to warm the inside up. She won't eat it pink or bloody, and if any pink or blood is detected she won't eat it, even if cooked further or cooked in half, she's crackers. I've told her not to get fillet, as she's wrecking it, and it pains me to cook it like that.

She says stuff like "well they can do it at Tomohawk", not realising our kitchen isn't a steakhouse, and I'm not Heston Blumethal.
 

Randy

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My lass likes fillet, but a big thick chunk, and cannot seem to grasp that an amateur like me has zero chance of cooking her stake so it's cooked through, without burning the outside, without putting it in the oven to warm the inside up. She won't eat it pink or bloody, and if any pink or blood is detected she won't eat it, even if cooked further or cooked in half, she's crackers. I've told her not to get fillet, as she's wrecking it, and it pains me to cook it like that.

She says stuff like "well they can do it at Tomohawk", not realising our kitchen isn't a steakhouse, and I'm not Heston Blumethal.
A few years back in my old place of work I once got a takeout order for a 8oz fillet steak cooked well done. A tear crossed my eye as no piece of meat nevermind a steak, should be well done, especially one that is been collected and taken home. But money is money so I dutifully cooked said steak, it took what seemed an age to cook and it was ready bang on the time the customer was due to collect. 10 minutes passed, no sign of the customer, then 15, then 20. At 20 minutes I had this well done fillet of beef wrapped up in cling film and held in the 'shan' cupboard to keep it warm but not to cook it. Waitress rang said customer, no answer. b***r I thought, there's £25 down the drain. After 30 minutes the customer arrived, paid for his order and left.

Rang up the next day demanding a refund as his steak was "too well done". Safe to say he didn't get any joy. 🤣
 
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