7 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Steak
Updated: Jun 30, 2021
Probably one of the most talked-about topics during grilling season, especially at a beef company, is how to cook the perfect steak. So, we asked for advice from the people who know beef best and put together the 7 tips below for cooking the best Certified Piedmontese steak.
Thaw in the fridge the night before
Pat your steak dry before seasoning
Season the entire steak with salt and pepper, and try to do so at every step
Heat pan to high, add oil, and then cook
Use a thermometer to get your desired temperature
Make sure to let the steak rest
Slice against the grain and enjoy!
1. Thaw in the fridge the night before
If your beef is frozen, thawing in the fridge overnight using a slower thawing process allows your meat to thaw more evenly, ensuring its quality and a better steak in the long run! If you can't wait to have your steak on the same day, your Certified Piedmontese beef can also be thawed in its sealed package under cold running water.
2. Pat your steak dry before seasoning
Patting your steak dry with paper towels before seasoning or cooking ensures that the seasoning adheres to the steak for a more flavorful cook. Moisture also creates steam, which you want to avoid. Dry meat helps improve the sear, and you'll get a nice crust on your steak.
3. Season the entire steak with salt and pepper, and try to do so at every step
Steak should be generously seasoned. Simple seasonings will enhance the natural flavor of the meat, which is why we encourage using just salt and pepper! Sprinkling the seasoning at every step gets you the best beefy flavor profile.
4. Heat pan to high, add oil, and then cook
Make sure your pan is hot when you start cooking to get an even cook to your steak. It also allows you to have more control over the temperature. If you're cooking in a pan and your steak already has your desired crust on the outside but hasn't reached your desired temperature on the inside, stick the pan in a warm oven to finish it off.
5. Use a thermometer to get your desired temperature
Using a thermometer is crucial to getting the exact desired temperature mentioned in the previous point. If you have your heart set on going all-in for the perfect steak, we recommend a digital instant-read thermometer to get the most accurate read.
6. Make sure to let the steak rest
Resting the steak seals all the yummy steak flavor and juices that make it delicious inside the meat. Cutting in too soon can cause you to lose all that juice over your plate or cutting board. You can cover your steak loosely with foil while it rests for a minimum of 5-10 minutes.
7. Slice against the grain and enjoy!
When you finally cut your steak, make sure to slice against the grain with a sharpened knife. This keeps in the juices, and now every bite of your steak is tender and stays together.
We hope that you'll find these seven tips helpful. Who knows? It might just be what you need to make the best Certified Piedmontese steaks you have ever made!