Growing up, I was never a huge fan of steak. I found it chewy, tasteless, and hard to swallow. Now on the other hand, I LOVE the tenderness, juiciness, and full on flavor steak has to offer. Looking back on it (no offense, Mom and Dad!) I know my previous feelings towards red meat was because it was often overcooked to hockey puck status and not tenderized or marinated quite correctly.
I know a lot of people share the same experience. This post will help you to appreciate steak way more than you do now! And if you are already a steak lover then this post will give you some tips on bringing your steak to a whole new level of deliciousness!
Now, I understand not everyone will want to cook to medium rare like I do. That is fine. It's certainly my preference but by no means necessary. But I am here to tell you that medium well and well done does not need to equal chewy, dry, and flavorless. No matter the degree you cook your steak to there are a few things you can do to prevent dry, gross meat from hitting your plate.
Look at the above picture on the right. That is my boyfriend's plate after we were done eating. Now look at the main picture of this post at the top of the page. See all that juice on the plate? Big difference in plates! There's no better compliment on your cooking than someone licking their plate clean and there is no better way to end your meal than licking your own plate clean! To achieve this you need to tenderize, marinate or dry rub, sear on a very high heat, and finally on a slightly lower heat cook it until it reaches your desired temperature.
The great news is that cooking steak is pretty flexible. You can flavor it with whatever you like and this will be evident as you read on. So simple. So good. Details below!
Prep Time: ranges from 25 minutes to 2 hours
Cook Time: ranges from 7 minutes to 15 minutes
Servings: 1-2 people per steak, depending on size
You Will Need:
What is your favorite marinade or dry rub to put on steak?
Ali is a Brooklyn based blogger and Certified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, providing you with recipes to inspire you to cook more at home! She is a firm believer in knowing that eating healthy can be made easy and inexpensive if you simply know how to cook and understands that for the average person there needs to be balance between "healthy" and "unhealthy". Whether you are looking for easy weeknight recipes, delicious snacks, or want to try something new, Ali's recipes are easy to follow at all skill levels! For more info about Ali and her offerings, check out the About page.