HGM’s Guide to the Perfect Steak
Everyone has an opinion on how to cook steak and if it should be rare, medium or well done. From how to prepare it before hand to the type of surface to cook on, the list is endless.
But if you’re after a sure fire way to cook a perfect steak, every time, then we have it for you.
First, come in to Hope Island Gourmet Meats and select a cut from our range.
- Only buy steaks of even thickness, not ‘wedge shaped’
- Beef steaks should be at least 21mm thick
- Lamb cuts should be at least 15mm thick
- Always defrost in the fridge, if frozen
- Pat dry with kitchen paper before cooking
- Take the steaks out of the fridge 10 minutes before cooking
- If using a pan, it should be heavy-based
- Season the steaks lightly with salt and pepper
- Oil the steak not the barbecue.
- Heat the pan, barbecue or grill to moderately hot before you add the steaks. This ensures maximum flavour and tenderness. The steak should sizzle as it makes contact with the heat. Don’t crowd the barbecue as this reduces the heat and the meat will then release juices and begin to stew.
- Turn the steaks once only. The more you flip the steak, the tougher it gets. Let the steak cook on one side until moisture appears on top, then turn it.
- Learn to test when your steaks are done. Knowing when your steak is ready to be removed from the heat is the key to a perfectly cooked steak. Use either the back of your tongs or fingertip (clean hands please) and press the centre of the steak. Rare is soft when pressed, medium is springy and well done is very firm.
Always rest the steaks after they come off the heat. This keeps the steaks juicy and tender. Just loosely cover with foil for 2 to 4 minutes before serving.