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RE: What's the secret to cooking steak?
I agree with cooking steak outside...smoke damage is hard to get rid of.

Good marbled thick ribeyes (not marinated). Rub some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on them. Let sit at room temp. for about 20 min while you heat the grill or cast iron on gas burner. My gas grill has a thermometer on it and I let it get as hot as it will go (says 600 deg., but I'm not sure it's accurate. Throw some kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on the steaks. Be generous with the kosher salt - a lot will fall off anyway. Stand back and throw the steaks on - the first side should sear in about 20 secs if it's hot enough, it should sound kind of like a jet taking off when you throw them on (notice I said "throw" this is highly recommended if you intend to keep your eyebrows. Flip steaks, then turn gas as low as it will go and close lid or cover skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes for rare, 7-8 for well.

-Never poke holes in the steak - turn with tongs.
-After you take off grill let them sit at room temp for a couple minutes so the juices re-distribute back through the meat.
-Don't put the salt on too early, just before cooking.
-Always cook on cast iron grates (never covered with aluminum foil) or in a nice seasoned cast iron skillet.
-Use the "Palm of Hand" technique to determine doneness - never cut into the steak to see how done it is.

The only real secret to cooking steak is the extremely high heat at the very beginning so it seals in the juice...the juice keeps it tender. It also creates a BUNCH of smoke at first - this is why I consider it an outside only job.
02-28-2014 10:58 AM
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RE: What's the secret to cooking steak?
Make sure the steak is absolutely dry. Any moisture will prevent that good sear.

And the other thing is that you have to let the steak rest tented for 5 minutes after it's done cooking. But then you have to eat it right away. No waiting around for the side dishes, they have to be ready when the steak's ready.

But I think you should invest in a grill. A much better way to go.

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RE: What's the secret to cooking steak?
Don,t cook the steak straight out of the fridge, let it rest, season with salt/pepper, rub with olive oil, pan on high heat so meat cooked instantly not braised on its own juices, cook as you like it, I like my meat rare, couple of minutes on each side and let rest for 5
Scotch fillet is good cut for quick frying, eye fillet is leaner but more expensive

Okay now .. speaking of secrets ... whats the secret of a good hamburger
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RE: What's the secret to cooking steak?
For cooking indoors cast iron is all you need! Smile And for those coming up with excuses, yes, I can cook a perfectly wonderful cake in cast iron! I'm with the cast iron crowd on steak cooking! I lightly coat the steak with olive oil if using my new skillet (It's only about a year old) but if I am using my old skillet, no need to oil. Season it up, sear over high flame on stovetop to seal in juices quickly, move to hot oven and cook no longer than 10 minutes for a well done steak (ew!).

As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.

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