Steak is one of the most basic dishes you can make. All you do is lightly oil, season and apply some heat. A good steak has a nice crust to it, that is not charred and should be tender and just done in the center. You would think it would be hard to mess up, but I always ended up with steaks that either charred and overcooked or undercooked with an undeveloped crust. This recipe however makes great steaks foolproof!
The crust on a good steak is a result of caramelizing the fat, protein and sugars on the surface of the steak. It should be a nice dark carmel brown and not a thick impenetrable layer of charred meat. If the pan is not hot enough or there is too much moisture on it, you end up steaming the meat and missing out on all of this extra flavor. As you can see it takes a bit of balance
In order to get a perfect crust you need to sear the steak over high heat, but if you cook the steak for too long over high heat the nice crust will turn into char. This recipe gets are this by searing both sides of the steak over high heat on top of the stove and then finishing it in a hot oven to allow the steak to cook through. I have tried this a couple of times, and it has come out perfect every time.
- I would try this recipe with a rib-eye or NY Strip steak that is at least 1â€³ thick. There are some other cuts that would work well too, but these cuts offer a great balance of beefiness and tenderness.
- An instant read thermometer is very helpful when cooking steak, it allows you to check the steaks doneness without slicing into it.
- You want to use a stainless steel or cast iron pan for this. You donâ€™t want to heat a nonstick pan to these high heats. If you plan on making a pan-sauce, go for the stainless-steel. It is easier to see how fond (the steak crusties that stick to the pan) is developing. Cast iron pans also do not like acidic things that might be going into the pan sauce
- It is going to smoke a lot! Make sure you have your vent fan on high. Also make sure you have a window or outside door cracked. The vent fan needs a source of fresh air, or else it has nothing to pull in.
PAN SEARED STEAK
From: Alton Brown, Good Eats – Steak Your Claim
- 1 boneless rib eye or NY strip steak, 1 1/2-inch thick
- Canola oil to coat
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper
- Place 10 to 12-inch cast iron skillet in oven and heat oven to 500 degrees. Bring steak(s) to room temperature.
- When oven reaches temperature, remove pan and place on range over high heat. Coat steak lightly with oil and season both sides with a generous pinch of salt. Grind on black pepper to taste.
- Immediately place steak in the middle of hot, dry pan. Cook 30 seconds without moving. Turn with tongs and cook another 30 seconds, then put the pan straight into the oven for 2 minutes. Flip steak and cook for another 2 minutes. (This time is for medium rare steaks. If you prefer medium, add a minute to both of the oven turns.)
- Remove steak from pan, cover loosely with foil, and rest for 2 minutes. Serve whole or slice thin and fan onto plate.