How to Sear the Perfect Steak

Welcome to the world of steak perfection! In this guide, we will unveil the secrets to cooking a steak that is so divine, it will make you feel like you’re dining at the best steakhouse in town. Prepare to amaze your taste buds and impress your guests with your culinary expertise.

Medium rare steak in a black skillet with garlic thyme butter, fresh off the stove

The Cheffy Way to Cook Steak

Today, we will share with you a technique that will revolutionize the way you cook steak. It’s simple yet effective, perfect for high-quality cuts as well as more affordable steaks. Here’s how it works:

As your steak sizzles in the pan, introduce a mixture of butter, garlic, and thyme. Continuously baste the steak with this garlic-thyme infused butter as it cooks. This magical concoction seeps into every nook and cranny, enhancing the flavor and creating a delectable crust on the steak.

Prepare yourself for an outrageous culinary experience, because this method takes pan-seared steak to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Close up showing the inside of sliced pan seared steak

What You’ll Need

To embark on this culinary adventure, gather the following ingredients:

  • Thick-cut steak: Opt for boneless ribeye, scotch fillet, porterhouse, or T-bone. We recommend steaks that are no more than 2.5cm/1″ thick for stovetop cooking, as thicker cuts need to be finished in the oven. This technique works wonders on both high-quality and economical steaks.

  • Butter, garlic, and fresh thyme

What you need to cook steak like the best steakhouses!

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Steak

To ensure your steak reaches its full potential, follow these expert tips:

  1. Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking. This ensures even cooking throughout the meat.

  2. Pat the steak dry and generously season it with salt and pepper. This step creates the coveted crust that makes great steaks so irresistible.

  3. Heat your skillet until it’s smoking hot before adding the steak. This high heat is crucial for achieving that beautiful sear.

  4. Be cautious when adding the thyme to the butter, as it may cause sputtering. Step back and stay safe!

  5. Remove the steak from the stove just before it reaches your desired internal temperature (see chart below). The residual heat will continue to cook the steak as it rests.

  6. Let the steak rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute and the meat to relax, resulting in a tender and flavorful steak.

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How to cook pan-seared steak
Internal temperature cooked steak medium rare

Remember, these guidelines are your key to steak heaven. Master them, and you’ll be able to replicate the perfection of a restaurant-quality steak in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Perfect Pairings for Steak

To complete your steakhouse experience, consider these mouthwatering accompaniments:

  • Béarnaise sauce and Paris Mash for a luxurious touch
  • Creamy Mashed Cauliflower for a low-carb option
  • Crispy Smashed Potatoes for a delightful texture contrast
  • Roasted Broccoli for a healthy and flavorful side
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots or Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic for a touch of sweetness or freshness
  • Cauliflower Cheese for a British comfort food classic
  • Fresh garden salad or steamed greens with French Vinaigrette or Italian Dressing for a light and refreshing option

For a simple yet divine alternative, steam a variety of veggies and baby potatoes and drizzle them with the flavorful garlic butter left in the skillet. Your taste buds will rejoice!

And there you have it – a guide to cooking the perfect steak. With these techniques and tips in your culinary arsenal, you’re well on your way to becoming a steak maestro. So, gather your ingredients, fire up the stove, and let the magic happen!

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