A good steak is difficult to find, and having a well-made one delivered to your home can be expensive. So, if you are craving a delicious steak but don’t want to leave the house, the only real option is to make one yourself.
Cooking a steak on your brand-new wood stove can make for a delicious treat. It is not as hard to prepare as it sounds. Additionally, with the correct seasoning, you can rival any fancy restaurant. You’ll just need patience, high-quality ingredients, and knowledge about steak doneness levels.
Here, you’ll learn how to cook steak on a stove. We’ll also give you the best tips for seasoning so that you can enjoy your delicious treat at home.
5 Steps for Cooking Steak on a Stove
There isn’t one right way to cook a steak, especially because every person has different tastes and preferences. However, some steps and tools are necessary if you want your steak to be as tasty as possible.
1. Select the Right Cut
If there’s one thing you need to know before cooking a steak at home, it is how to select the ideal cut for you. Each cut has a unique taste, thickness, and feel.
Here are the most popular steak cuts available:
York Strip Steak
The overall thickness is usually 1 to 1.5 inches thick (2.5 to 3.8 cm). However, filet mignon tends to be thicker at around 2 to 2.5 inches (5 to 6.3 cm). That’s why it requires more time to cook.
Note: The Tri-Tip cut is another option you have. It is a popular choice but not considered a desirable steak. This cut requires a long cooking time to become tender. So, most people prefer to smoke it rather than cook it with traditional methods.
2. Do Not Forget to Season
Now it is time to add your steak seasoning. We’ll use salt and pepper for this specific steak recipe, but you can use any ingredients you want. What matters is that the result is delicious for you.
These are the ingredients and tools you need:
Kosher salt (to your liking)
A high-quality oil or butter
A cutting board
A cast iron skillet
Marinate the steak with a combination of melted butter, pepper, and salt for at least ten minutes before cooking. We recommend using a cast iron pan, as it will help you prevent sticking when cooking a steak.
3. Choose Your Ideal Doneness
Now that you have the right cut, you need to think about the degree of doneness you want for your steak.
The degree of doneness you prefer will also determine your cooking time and steak resting time. You’ll also need a meat thermometer so that you can check the doneness during the cooking process.
These are the different types of doneness you can choose from:
The blue-rare doneness is entirely cooked outside but completely red on the inside. Its internal temperature is 115-120℉.
The rare doneness has a cooked exterior, a pink interior, and a red center. It is also 120-130℉.
The medium-rare steak has more pink on the inside than red. Its internal temperature is 130-135℉.
A medium doneness level is completely pink on the inside with a cooked exterior. You need to cook it at a medium temperature. It should then be 135-140℉.
The medium-well level is pink in the core, but it is primarily brown everywhere else. Its internal temperature is 140-145℉.
The well-cooked option is completely brown on the inside with no trace of redness or pink. It is the most difficult to achieve, as it requires more cooking time and can be easily burned. It is up to 160℉.
4. Use a Hot Pan to Sear It
Now it is time to begin cooking. Remember that the temperature and time will vary, depending on the doneness level you prefer.
Heat your skillet over a medium high heat.
Place some butter inside the pan.
Add the steak carefully.
Let it cook for three to five minutes.
Flip the steak to let the other side cook.
Continue to cook to your desired doneness until you are satisfied with the internal temperature.
Note: The ideal cooking time for a steak depends entirely on your preference. You decide when your steak is ready or not. Still, we strongly encourage you to avoid overcooking or burning its surface.
5. Let It Rest
Once you’ve finished cooking your steak, you need to let it rest so that it absorbs the flavor. In the meantime, you can begin setting the mood for your delicious steak meal. Add a glass of red wine to help you with digestion, and you’ll be ready to enjoy.
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