Food Tips: How to Cook the Perfect Steak

No matter the cut of meat you prefer, you must always pay close attention when cooking your beef. Timing is key when cooking steak and a few minutes is what makes the difference between rare and well done. This is one of the reasons I have put together this summary of tips to help you from beginning to end when cooking steak.
There are a lot of different ways to cook steak so you do not have to limit yourself.1 And while you can enjoy your steak in a variety of delicious ways, these tips are going to be guiding you through properly frying your steak.

Marinate The Steak

When it comes to marinating steaks, you should keep in mind the most basic rule to follow, which is that you should always include an acidic liquid (such as vinegar or wine, so it can break down the muscle fibers in the meat cut), oil, and flavorings of your choice (herbs, spices, or sweeteners). You can buy pre-made marinade mixes in the store, but it’s better and healthier to make your own.
Here are tips on how to properly marinate your steak:

Choosing the Oil

You should use groundnut oil to cook the steak. Groundnut oil has a mild flavor, which would make your steak more enjoyable. Some people like to use butter and you can use that if you prefer.
When the pan heats up, add a splash of oil directly to the pan. Once the oil starts separating on the pan, it’s hot enough to add the steak. Make sure to add the steak when the oil is hot – if the oil is too cool when the steak is added, your steak could turn out under-browned and greasy.

Dressing the Steak

Moments before placing the steak into the pan, sprinkle some sea salt and black pepper onto a plate, then press the steak into the seasoning. However, if you are satisfied with just marinating, you can skip this step and go on to fry the steak.
  • Blue-rare
  • Rare
  • Medium-rare
  • Medium
  • Medium-well
  • Well-done
For a well-done steak, depending on the thickness of the steak, you should cook it for about 4-5 minutes on each side.

Leave it to rest

This is an important step. After cooking the steak, it should be left to rest at room temperature for at least five minutes.

Serve

Now you can serve up the steak. It can be accompanied with anything, including salads.
Bon appétit!

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As published by me on Lifehack.org