We both know that a steak dinner at home is not an everyday occasion. As a matter of fact, we probably prepare steak during a special, once-in-a-while occasion and you don’t want to make mistakes and screw it up. While the cooking procedure might look easy and simpler, preparing steak at home often ends up tough and bland. There are mistakes you can avoid and prepare a delicious steak for your guests or family. Here are common mishaps to avoid.
Choosing the wrong meat
If steak is the “starring character” in your meal, it’s worth getting it right when buying. Note that there are mediocre steaks online or at your local butcher. You can find a good steak in supermarkets but be careful not to buy a mediocre steak since they’re all mixed up together. Choosing the right meat means a moist and flavorful steak. Choosing the wrong mean means a tough and dry steak. If you choose to buy from a local store, select beef that’s described as either matured or aged.
Not Seasoning your Steak in Advance
Don’t just toss your steak immediately on the pan. First of all, consider leaving and allowing it to sit for about thirty minutes before cooking. When you’re ready to add the steak to the pan, season it with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper first. If possible, avoid table salt since it contains anti-caking agents. Seasoning allows the steak to absorb the salt and pepper which makes it more flavorful and juicier.
Not Blotting the Raw Steak
It’s a good idea to get rid of the wetness or residual moisture on the surface of the steak before tossing it on the pan. A paper towel can help. The purpose of blotting the raw steak is to allow the outside surface of the steak to get crisp and caramelized when you turn the heat on.
Using the Wrong Pan
Cooking steak requires a heavy-duty pan. This is not the time to use your usual lightweight, nonstick skillet out. Note that the pan you use to cook your steak should easily retain plenty of heat. That’s only possible when you’re using a heavy-duty pan. It’s also important that you use a pan that will allow the steak to form a deliciously crisp on its outer surface.
Not allowing the Pan to get hot enough
As mentioned, a steak dinner is not an everyday occasion. You could be in a hurry to get the meal ready because you cannot remember the last time you had one. Hold your peace. Make sure the pan gets hot enough before tossing your steak. Exercise patience. A hot cooking pan will help you retain much heat while producing a crisp, caramelized crust. Wait until the pan starts to smoke.
Shuttling it out right away
As much as you can’t wait to serve your grass-fed steak when it’s very hot, it’s important that you leave it in a warm place where it can “rest.” Keep it away from direct heat. What does this help, you may ask? Well, you wait until it gets to the table. Allowing your steak to “rest” ensures optimal flavor. Note that it should “rest” off the pan. Sounds like a test of patience, right? All you need to do is, place it in a warm place and loosely cover it with a foil paper.