Some people are under the impression that you can’t make a delicious pan-fried steak. But if people knew how easy it is to do and how good the steaks can taste, they might abandon the notion that grilling is the only way to prepare a steak.
Pick a good steak. Going with grass-fed beef is a good idea. It’s healthier, has less saturated fat, and has more of the good omega-3 fatty acids when compared to grain-fed beef. Pick a steak that has good marbling. Good marbling will give your steak a better taste.
After you have selected your steak and taken it home, apply virgin olive oil to it, wrap it with thick paper towels and place it in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Choosing a steak marinade instead of the virgin olive oil is also an option. If you go with a liquid marinade, place the steak in a bowl with the marinade and cover the bowl with foil or plastic wrap.
Remove the steak from the refrigerator about three hours before you cook it so it will be room temperature. If you did not marinate your steak and instead just used olive oil, use a dry rub on your steak to give it more flavor. You can find dry rubs at your grocer, or you can make your own. Do not salt the steak prior to cooking it.
After the steak has reached room temperature, rub it with butter or olive oil. Why rub the steak and not place the oil or butter in the pan? It’s simple. You’ll be able to sear the steak without it sticking to the hot pan.
To cook a perfect steak, use a gas range. Gas ranges allow you to precisely control the temperature at which you cook.
Preheat a cast iron skillet, which will allow you to sear the steak. Searing a steak is what keeps all the flavorful juices inside it.
Never pierce your steak while you are cooking it. Use tongs to flip your steak. Each side of the steak should be seared for one minute on high heat. Lower the heat and cook the steak for a few more minutes on each side. If your steak is extremely thick, you will have to cook it longer.
Remove the steak from the heat, but don’t eat it just yet! Even though you have removed the steak from the heat, it’s still cooking. For the best results, let it rest about 10 minutes before serving.
Simple Mushroom Gravy
For a nice mushroom gravy to put over your steak, combine half a stick of butter and eight ounces of chopped mushrooms in a pan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in a can of beef or chicken broth. Slowly add 1/3 cup of flour to thicken the gravy. Let mixture simmer on low heat for 30 minutes, then spread over your steak and enjoy.
Maire blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and cooking, and spending time with her family in Chicago, and spending time with Pete, her Scottish Terrier.