Steak can be one of the best meals of your life, but only when it’s cooked to perfection.
While most people can cook a steak at home quite well, there are various ways you can up your steak-cooking game and incorporate the techniques that professional chefs at the Meat & Wine Co use to ensure your steak is as juicy, flavourful, and perfectly cooked as possible.
Here’s our guide on how to cook the perfect steak at home!
Begin by resting the meat
The first step is to let the steak sit on a chopping board out of the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour before you begin preparing it.
This allows the beef to come to room temperature and cook more evenly.
Slice between the meat and the bone
Next, use a sharp knife or a cleaver to slice between the meat and the bone.
Do not cut the meat off the bone entirely – the goal is to simply create an incision so that the heat goes through between the meat and the bone.
Time to cook
Now it’s time to start grilling. Bring your grill to a high heat (but do not add cooking oil), then add your steak.
At this point, our Meat & Wine Co chefs add our secret recipe basting to the steak, but you can use any basting or rub you prefer.
Cooking should not take long, and you are looking for that beautiful golden brown colour and a slightly charred look for added flavour and crunch.
This typically only takes three to five minutes on each side for a medium rare finish, but it will depend on the thickness of your steak and your grill.
Test and rest
One of the best ways to test whether your meat is cooked is by using a meat thermometer. Stick it in the thickest part of the cut, and read the screen – the steak should be around 57 degrees Celsius for medium rare, or 60 degrees Celsius for medium.
Once the steak is cooked to your liking, take it off the grill and let it sit for five minutes. This allows the juices to settle, as if you cut it too soon, those juices will run all over your plate, and you won’t get quite the same juicy tenderness within the meat.
A final flame
One final – and perhaps surprising! – step is to give the steak one final moment on the grill. Just a few seconds on each side should be plenty.
This ensures the steak is piping hot when you take that first bite.
At the Meat & Wine Co, we believe that a beautiful steak should be enjoyed with a beautiful wine, so look for a rich red to sip with your wonderful home-cooked steak.
Or, simply visit us at the Meat & Wine Co to enjoy all of the fantastic flavours and textures of premium beef, without any of the cooking or the clean up.
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