Thursday, February 14, 2013

How To: Cook the Perfect Steak

You ever wonder how your steak gets that perfectly caramelized exterior and perfectly juicy center when you order it from a steakhouse? Well, I have a little secret, its not as hard as it may seem. Follow these simple steps and you will be cooking the best steak of your life just in time for Valentine's Day.

Recipe yields 6 servings

6 steaks (I used NY Strip, but all shell type steaks will work the same)
Salt, to season
Freshly ground black pepper, to season
1-2 tbsp olive oil

Season both sides of each steak with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Be sure to season from high above so to evenly distribute the seasonings.

Heat oil in a large skillet until it is very hot.

Place steak into the oil and cook 4-5 minutes. Do not flip until the bottom side is brown and caramelized.

Once flipped, let it be until the 'new' bottom side has a thick brown caramelized coating.

While steak is browning, turn oven to maximum broil. Place steaks on a broiler pan and place in the oven on the second lowest rack. Broil for 6 minutes, flip and broil for an additional 6 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let steak rest on the pan for at least 10 minutes. This lets the steak soak up all those delicious juices.

Serve steaks alongside your favorite side dishes (see: Crispy Cheesy Bacon Potatoes). Enjoy!

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