I love steak. Thats is why for my second dish, I decided to learn how to cook steaks. I know they are expensive, but I feel like making my favorite dish is worth the money. The first thing I did was to look for steak recipes and tips online. I went through many articles and videos and was able to synthesize them into the following instructions:
- Grab your steak and pound it. (This will tenderize and loosen the meat.)
- Season your steak with salt and pepper.
- Oil your pan.
- Turn the stove to high heat.
- Place your steak on the pan, and wait until your preferred doneness has been achieved. (For Wisely’s Guide to Doneness, see below)
This was my very first time cooking a steak and I thought I did a pretty good job. I was nervous at first because of the cost of steaks, but once I remembered all of the steps, I was able to cook it with ease.
I am grateful that I was able to learn how to make my favorite dish, and will definitely make this again. Cooking steak really made me feel like I was able to improve at cooking, and encouraged me to make more challenging dishes in the future.
WISELY’S GUIDE TO DONENESS
|Extra-rare or Blue (bleu)||very red||46–49 °C||115–125 °F|
|Rare (saignant)||red center; soft||52–55 °C||125–130 °F|
|Medium rare (à point)||warm red center; firmer||55–60 °C||130–140 °F|
|Medium (demi-anglais)||pink and firm||60–65 °C||140–150 °F||145 °F and rest for at least 3 minutes|
|Medium well (cuit)||small amount of pink in the center||65–69 °C||150–155 °F|
|Well done (bien cuit)||gray-brown throughout; firm||71 °C+||160 °F+||160 °F for ground beef|
|Overcooked (trop cuit)||blacken throughout; hard|