How to Cook the Perfect Steak

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If you’re like me, you don’t have much time to do anything, yet alone cook a lengthy meal. So lately, I’ve been doing some reading on quick and easy ways to prepare tasty meals and found a great, manly recipe!

This one is for all of you carnivores, who strive for the perfect steak. Cooking the perfect steak in the oven is actually very easy to prepare and takes only a very short amount of time. Plus, it’s a great way to impress guests or your significant other. Here is what you will need  to cook your epic meal:

  • Your choice of steak.
  • Vegetable oil.
  • Kosher salt, pepper or dry rub.
  • Butter.
  • Cast iron skillet or heavy bottom pan.

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Pat down your steak with a paper towel. This removes excess liquid from the meat, which allows the dry rub to stick to each side. Thick cuts of steak (1 or more) can develop a beautiful outer crust without drying out the insides unnecessarily. This task is a lot more difficult with thin cuts: You risk overcooking the inside right when the outside has finished browning. If you like your steak to have a perfectly-brown outside and a juicy, pink center, opt for thicker cuts of meat over thinner ones.

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Season your steaks (salt, freshly cracked pepper, or dry rub) at least 40 minutes in advance and let them come down to room temperature, as you want the meat to cook evenly. Make sure you season every the short sides of your steaks.

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Oil the pan with 1 to 2 teaspoons of neutral oil (canola or brown nut works fine) over high heat. Make sure it’s enough to coat the bottom of the pan completely.  Wait until the oil just starts to smoke. This means that the pan is ready to take the steak. Sear one side of the steak, in the preheated pan, for 90 seconds. Using tongs, flip the steak over and sear the other side for 90 seconds. Make sure to sear each of the short sides of the steak for 15 seconds each before placing the pan in the oven.

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After searing each side, drop 1 tablespoon of butter onto the steak and 1 tablespoon of butter onto the pan next to the steak. Place the steak in the oven for 5-9 minutes, depending on how well you want it cooked. Be sure to have a meat thermometer handy to ensure that your meat is cooked all the way through and to the appropriate temperature you desire.

To make things much easier for you, here is when you should stop cooking your steak: Rare (115-120°), Medium-Rate (120-125°), Medium (130-135°), Medium-Well (140-145°), Well-Done (150-155°).

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