Cooking a tender steak is easy. But making a GOOD, delicious tender steak can be very tricky sometimes. If you are about to prepare some steaks and you are looking for the best way to get them tender and juicy, you have come to the right place.
With just a few tricks you can make your steak game impressive. When cooking a tender steak it is important to choose what kind of steak you buy. We recommend you to go for the rib-eye since it will make the juiciest and the most tender steak. The rib-eye is boneless which will make your preparation much easier. Reason being that bones delay the cooking process and the meat around the bones is always less cooked than the rest of your steak. You don’t want that when you’re making a good tender steak. When the bone is attached to the meat it is called a rib steak and those should always be cooked quickly by grilling or boiling.
Now that we got the right kind of steak, it is time for step two. The seasoning. This is a very important part that you need to pay attention to. When seasoning a steak, take into consideration it’s size. If it is a pretty big, one inch thick steak then, of course, more seasoning will be required. The bigger the steak the more seasoning it needs. That’s a rule. Season your steak with salt and pepper and don’t worry if you put a bit too much because half of it will fall off anyway on the pan or the grill ( depends where you are cooking it, we will get to that in a minute ). The KEY is to always season both sides and while doing so press it down into the meat so it sinks in ( it will fall off less that way ).
Next step is the most important step you need to take. Don’t worry, it is also the most simple one. Leave your steak sitting on the counter for about 30 minutes.
You want it to be room temperature because that will allow it to be cooked equally in all parts. That would not have been the case if you cooked a steak that was just taken out the fridge and had room temperature edges but cold center. This will also allow the seasoning to sink in better so you get a nice delicious steak.
Now it is time to cook it. If you are cooking it on the grill, make sure it is hot enough. It needs to be heated to 300 degrees F. If you are cooking it on a pan, here is a quick trick to see if your temperature is high enough. Spill a few drops of water on your heated pan and if the drops start dancing around the pan like crazy that means the pan is ready for your steak.
Put some oil on it, enough to cover the surface of the pan and put the steak on. We are looking for that sizzling sound once the meat touches the pan. So if you don’t hear that, it means your pan needs to be heated more.
Cook each side for 4 to 5 minutes. Now it all depends on personal preferences, whether you like your steak well done or rare, or maybe somewhere in the middle. You can use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of your steak and get it to your liking. Don’t poke the meat a hundred times with the thermometer to check every second. That will cause the juices to leak and it wont be as good when done. Put the thermometer in and don’t take it out until you are happy with the temperature.
Enjoy the best steak of your life!