How to Cook the perfect steak
Cooking steak can be a challenge but head Chef Donald Russell will show you how you can cook your steak perfectly every time. It is important to start with a nice piece of fresh meat and with a few helpful tips you will be sure to have succulent steak.
Watch this video to perfect your grilled steak. For yummy, juicy steaks, watch this video. 1. Prepare the steaks. Allow them to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes. 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 a little oil, 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. 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. 4. Very important! 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 flavor and tenderness.