Extra Helpings: How to Cook The Perfect Pan-Seared Steak

December7

How To Cook the Perfect SteakAngela asks: Can’t grill outside anymore, so how do I cook a perfect pan-seared steak indoors?

A perfectly cooked pan-seared steak is beautiful to behold, and even better to eat! But you’ll need patience to get it right.

Chef John Reed shared some great tips for cooking the perfect steak indoors on Chicago’s Buedel Fine Meats’ blog, “Meat Up.”

Perfect Pan Seared Steaks Begin with Good Meat

NY Strips Steaks from Buedel Fine Meats

His first tip: start with a good cut of meat, like a true strip steak. The bone-in Kansas City strip or the boneless New York strip are good choices. Make sure of the following:
• At least 1-inch thick.
• Weigh about 12 ounces for boneless, 16 ounces for bone-in.
• Look for good marbling (the amount of intramuscular fat).
• Let the meat rest at room temperature for 30 minutes BEFORE cooking. This is where patience comes in!

To bring out the deliciously deep flavors in a good cut of meat, you’ll need to rub the steak with salt and fresh cracked black pepper. You’ll also need oil (not olive oil) and butter. Yes, butter. Remember: fat is flavor.

You can also add fresh herbs, like rosemary and thyme, and aromatics, like shallots and garlic, while the steak cooks.

And one more thing: you’re essentially grilling indoors, so don’t forget to turn on the fan or open a window!

Perfect Pan-Seared Steaks

prep: 10 minutes
cook: 15 minutes

you’ll need…
2 12-ounce boneless strip steaks
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons oil (not olive oil)
½ stick butter (or more to taste)
fresh thyme, shallots or garlic to taste

let’s get to it…
Rub
the steaks with salt and fresh ground pepper; rub with oil.
Heat a cast iron pan or heavy skiller on medium high heat for 3 minutes (or until really hot). Place the steaks in the pan; reduce heat to medium.
Cook the steaks for 2 to 3 minutes or until you see tiny dots of blood coming through (visual cooking is often better than timed). Turn steaks and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the butter and herbs and aromatics, if using. Baste the steaks with the melted butter (this will add flavor AND color to the steaks). Turn the steaks again and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Remove steaks from the pan and place on a platter to rest for 7 to 10 minutes. (Patience again!). Pour sauce in the pan over the steaks before serving. Serve the Perfect Pan-Seared Steaks whole or slice against the grain.

How do you know when the steaks are ready? Chef Reed says the ideal temperature to remove the meat from the pan is 123°F, because the meat will continue cooking while it rests… but cook the meat to the temperature you like!

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  2. Connie

    I’m a big fan of the blog “Cooking With Mr. C.” and someone told me about you. I now have two favorites. Happy Holidays. Connie

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  3. Angel

    Hi Christina
    This steak looks delicious, I can almost taste it. I came by to thank you for being my co-host for my birthday celebration giveaway. I’m so glad to have you with me.
    Angel

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Hi…
I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mama@mamashighstrung.com.