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There’s nothing quite like a steak cooked to your perfection. Whether you enjoy your steak rare or well done, it takes some skills to sear it and slice it perfectly. It also takes the proper boning knife and steak knife set. That’s why the team from Messermeister has collected everything you need to know to cook a proper steak in this detailed guide.
To wow your dinner guests or make the perfect steak in your restaurant every time, here are some must-do tips.
What Exactly is a Steak?
Before diving in, it’s important to understand what qualifies as a steak. It’s more than just a piece of beef. Traditionally, a steak is a thin piece of beef sliced across the grain. For example, for most cuts of steak you’ll buy at the store, you’ll notice that it will have very short muscle fibers running up and down the cut of meat. The grain refers to these lines running up and down the side of meat.
Some of the most popular cuts of steak include:
What Temperature Should a Steak Be?
Getting the right temperature is key to perfectly cooking a steak. However, with all the different cuts, the temperature and cooking time will likely vary. But a good rule of thumb is to follow the temperature guide we’ve included below; you can check the temperature of your steak using a meat thermometer
What Are the Different Methods of Cooking Steak
Like most foods, there’s more than one way to cook a steak. After you’ve prepped it and seasoned it to your liking, some of the ways to cook it include:
FAQs About Cooking Steak
When it comes to cooking steak, many chefs are asked some common questions, such as:
Should I buy bone-in or boneless?This comes down to personal preference. Many people favor boneless cuts because they’re easier to prepare and take less time to cook. However, cuts like T-bones can have a unique, intense flavor that many love. The addition of a bone will change the heat distribution while cooking, so, it’s also something to be aware of.
What pan should I use for cooking steak?When cooking and searing steak in a pan, it’s important to use one that distributes heat well and evenly, such as a cast-iron, stainless-steel, or aluminum pan.
How do I check the temperature without a meat thermometer?Checking the temperature of your steak without a meat thermometer requires some finesse and experience. Poking the steak throughout the cooking process will provide you with a good sense of how it feels and whether the inside is cooked properly; however, doing so successfully might require some trial and error.
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