Different Ways to Cook Steak
There are many different ways to cook steak. What is the one key point that you should look at when you are looking at different ways? The key point is this: the different ways to cook steak all result in steak that has equal or nearly equal amounts of good (quality) taste, texture and juiciness. In other words, there are no secret tricks or secret techniques that are employed in any of them that will produce a better tasting steak.
Let’s start with some basics: how do you cook steak?
If you want to cook steak using the best techniques and the fastest results, then you need to start by cooking it at room temperature. Steaks that are not cooked evenly or at room temperature have a tendency to lose their natural juices and flavor. This is why steakhouses tend to have a variety of different temperature settings: to give people the opportunity to sample their steaks to discover which one their palates love best.
The best way to cook steak is to use a beefhead or a steak thermometer.
A beefhead is an electronic device that has two metal plates that pass over the outside of the steak while simultaneously heating the inside. The raised plate gives a red appearance to the steaks when they are done, because the juices have reached the interior of the meat. This method produces a clear indication of when the steak is done, giving the diner a clear indication as to whether the beef is cooked well, or not. When you cook your steaks at this temperature, they will be almost tasteless; a rare steak is rarer than most others and will usually require some kind of rare steak sauce to bring out its flavor.
Another common and very popular technique for cooking steak is the indirect heat method.
This technique involves slowly heating the steak on a hotplate until it is almost burning. Once the steak is cooked to a desired degree on the indirect heat, it is then moved to the direct heat and cooked more quickly. This allows the steak to be cooked in nearly the same amount of time as if it had been cooked directly on the stove. A good steak cook can usually get this done in five to ten minutes.
Grilling and pan searing are also common techniques for cooking steak.
Grill pan searing is the more direct method, using charcoal or gas grills. You will build up a ring of char around the steak, and as it cooks, these char lines become the outline of the steak. You can then turn the steak and all of the grills surrounding it, allowing the grill to finish cooking the steak at the same time.
Other common methods for cooking steak include barbecuing and baking.
Barbecuing uses skewers to cook the steak directly, without getting it to the temperature needed for deep frying. This technique works well for rare steaks, but not so well for medium-rare or well done steaks. Barbecuing also requires oil, so you must use a good quality cooking oil to be sure that your grill pan and the finished steak will go well together. Some people use bottled barbecue sauce as a basting agent, but you should make sure that the barbecue sauce is still good, or have already used it before you begin cooking steak. Barbecuing can produce very good results, but it is also a lot of work.
Baking provides another set of different ways to cook steak.
You can bake the steak directly in the oven or cook it briefly on the grill before turning it and finishing it in the oven or even on the stovetop. The cooking time varies depending on the thickness of your steak and the size of your oven or grill. For thick steaks, you can bake it for about two hours, or until it is almost completely done. If your steak is well done, it can take anywhere from five to eight hours to bake in the oven.
Grill marks are fine to look at, but they don’t provide you with much information about the actual cooking process. There are different ways to cook steak on the grill, but if you want to know how to cook steak on the grill, you should use a good quality meat thermometer and pay attention to everything you are doing. Don’t open the meat up to check for doneness until the side of the meat begins to darken. Once it reaches this point, it’s safe to turn the steak over and continue cooking it in the same manner that you finished cooking it. Once your steak is cooked to perfection, remove it from the grill and allow it to rest to room temperature.