7 Steps to cooking that perfect restaurant steak at home. Once you get used to it, it's very easy!

 

1. Room Temperature: Always let your steaks come to room temperature (70 degree F). A cold steak will contract when it hits the heat and this wall cause it to toughen. This is possibly the first biggest mistake people make. Remove your steaks from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you plan to cook them - sometimes as long as 60 minutes (depending on size).

 

2. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. You want to have a completely dry steak before cooking. If you steak is wet, you will essentially be steaming it! Then rub a a small amount of butter on each side. You can't go wrong with some butter.

 

3. Heat your griddle or frying pan over a high heat, until smoking hot. A really hot pan is very important.

 

4. Put on it a little olive oil and freshly ground black pepper and salt just before cooking. Salting the steak to early actually dries out the steak.

 

5. Don't griddle more than two steaks at a time, and keep them spaced well apart. If you add more than two steaks to the pan at once, the temperature will drop and the steak will stew, rather than fry.

Don't turn the steaks until good seared markings are achieved, then turn them over and cook on the other side (see timings, below).

 

6. Resting: The cooked steak needs to rest for around 4 mins and will retain its heat in a warm place for about 10 mins. Make sure it rests in a warm place. Otherwise your steak will lose its heat very quickly. The resting period allows the juices that have been drawn to the surface to relax back into the meat. 


7. Plating: You would'nt want to fall at the last small hurdle, make sure to heat your plates before serving. Eating a steak could take ten minutes and to enjoy a steak it needs to be hot. Maximise this by heating your plates in advance.


How long to cook a steak for:

 

These timings are based on cooking a striploin steak that's about 2cm (3/4 of an inch) thick. (Cooking times will vary depending on the type and thickness of the steak, and how hot your pan is.)

  • Blue: 1 minute each side
  • Rare: 1½ minutes each side
  • Medium rare: 2 minutes each side
  • Medium: 2¼ minutes each side
  • Medium-well done: 2½ - 3 minutes each side
  • Well done: 4 minutes each side

 

Also, check out this trick to test the doneness using your fingers.