This article will teach you all the steps you need to know about how to cook steak: choosing the right steak, preparing it, and what utensils to use including skillets, pans, and which meat thermometer to use.
Choosing Your Cut and Preparation
There is one question that we hear ten times more than any other, “how do I cook the perfect steak?”
Let’s get something perfectly clear…THERE IS NO PERFECT STEAK!
By this, it means that the act of choosing, preparing, cooking, and eating a steak is an inherently personal experience. Basically, you could go to a barbecue, restaurant, or dinner party in which 10 people are sitting there dribbling and drooling, waiting for their lovely steaks to arrive. It’s not inconceivable that EVERY ONE OF THEM likes their steaks done in a different way and from a different cut of the beast, and so the concept of the perfect steak is a legendary myth up there with unicorns, Atlantis, the philosopher’s stone, and the generous Scotsman.
I’ll give you an example. When I was younger, I used to go to get a steak with my grandfather, sometimes on a Sunday. In those days I liked a well-done steak, like lots of younger people do, whereas grandfather preferred his steak to be extremely rare. My grandfather could often be heard advising the chef to “rip its horns off, wipe its bum and show it to the flame’ indicating that what he actually wanted was a ‘blue’ steak, the least cooked of them all. The cut matters as well. If you are a fan of well-done steaks there’s no way that you would want rump steak. If you have rump, well-done, then I suggest you order it on a Friday because you will still be chewing it on Monday! Well-done rump steak is as tough as a cowboy’s bunions.
Anyway, enough of this merriment, on with the good stuff.