Sunday, February 21, 2016

Perfectly Cooked Steak

This year, Valentine's Day was on a Sunday, so we didn't go out.  Dustin offered to make dinner, and I wasn't going to argue with that!  He chose steak (big surprise) and baked sweet potatoes.  He found a recipe for a "perfectly cooked steak" and got sucked in.  And, I must say, it was a well cooked steak.  And pretty easy to accomplish.

Perfectly Broiled Steak

kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
olive oil (or canola)

Move the rack in your oven to be 6 inches from the top.  Preheat your oven and your skillet by setting your oven to broil, with the skillet in it, for 15-20 minutes.  Using a paper towel, wipe any excess moisture from your steaks.  Rub your steak with the oil, salt and pepper (and any other seasonings that you want).  Once your skillet is extremely hot, lay the steaks on the skillet and sear them in the oven for three minutes per side.  Make sure that you don't stab them with a fork to turn them.  Use tongs to pick them up.  After you have seared both sides, turn your oven to 500 degrees and cook them according to this chart, turning them once: 

Rare (120-130F)1" 0-1 minute, 1 1/4" 2-3 minutes, 1 3/4" 4-5 minutes
Medium (140-150F) 1" 2-3 minutes, 1 1/4" 4-5 minutes, 1 3/4" 6-7 minutes
Medium Well (150-160F) 1" 4-5 minutes, 1 1/4" 6-7 minutes, 1 3/4" 8-9 minutes

And that should give you a perfectly cooked steak!