A great seared steak is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s the perfect balance of flavors, textures, and colors. But it must be cooked to perfection for this experience to take place. There are different methods on how to sear. The two most important factors to remember when searing a steak are heat and time. The perfect sear will have a caramelized exterior with a juicy interior. This can only happen if you use the right tools and cook at the correct temperature for the proper amount of time.
Why You Should Sear Properly For The Perfect Steak
Cooked poorly, a steak can be dry and tough. Cooked well, however, and you’ll have a juicy and flavorful meal that everyone will enjoy. Here are some tips on how to sear properly for the perfect steak:
- Seal The Surface – We want to maximize the flavor of our meat by sealing in as much moisture as we can before we cook it. To do this we need to seal the surface by creating a crust with salt and pepper before searing it in butter or oil over medium-high heat. Once done, set it aside so it can rest while you prepare the other steaks.
- Pat Dry – Patting the meat dry helps ensure an even sear without any part of the meat sticking to it.
- Sear Over High Heat – When you sear meat, we want to do it over high heat so the meat browns and caramelizes. This gives the steak a richer flavor and seals in more of the juices.
- Cook Slow And Low – Once you’ve finished searing it, you want to cook your steak slowly over low heat. This ensures that it cooks from all sides evenly and that all of the flavors are sealed in.
- Rest It – Allow your steak to rest for about 10 minutes before serving it. This is to make sure that all of the juices redistribute throughout the steak and don’t come out when someone cuts into it.
- Check The Temperature – You can tell a properly cooked steak because it will have a pink or reddish color inside which indicates that all of the blood has been cooked off. A good way to check this is by inserting a thermometer into one of its thickest parts without hitting any bone or fat. If it has reached 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit, then your steak is done cooking!
10 Tips for Perfect Searing
To cook a steak to juicy, tender perfection, it is important that you know how to sear properly. Whether you’re in the kitchen or in the grill, here’s how to sear a steak perfectly in ten simple steps.
1. Preheat your pan to medium-high heat and add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
2. Place your seasoned steak in the hot skillet and allow it to sear for 2 minutes without touching it at all (you can use tongs to turn it if need be).
3. Turn the steak over and let it, seer, for another 2 minutes without touching it at all (you can use tongs again if need be).
4. After 4 minutes, flip the steak over and place a lid on top of the skillet (or cover with foil), and let it simmer for 3 minutes or until the desired degree of doneness is reached.
5. Remove from heat and transfer onto a cutting board covered with paper towels.
6. Once the steak has been removed from the skillet, add butter or olive oil and stir until melted into the pan juices (or whatever you’re cooking with).
7. Place your cooked steak on a cutting board placed on top of paper towels.
8. Let the steak rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain (the grain is what makes up a muscle) and serving with your favorite sauce or vegetables.
9. If you plan on searing multiple steaks at once, make sure they are all about equal thickness so that they cook evenly and quickly.
10. And lastly, remember that all steaks will not sear evenly; some may require more time than others!
Know How To Tell When Your Steak Is Cooked Perfectly
Knowing how to tell when your steak is done cooking is a must before searing it. A good way to test the doneness of your steak is by sticking a knife into it and feeling the meat’s resistance. The meat should be slightly springy when poked with a knife. If the knife goes in too easily, then you will need to let it cook longer.
What you should do with leftover seared steak (roast, sauté, or BBQ)
Leftover seared steak can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be roasted, sautéed, or BBQed into a dish.
A few things that can go wrong when searing a steak.
1. Don’t use a nonstick pan – it won’t give off the right amount of heat to sear properly.
2. Don’t overcrowd the skillet – you need room to move and flip the meat around. If it’s too close together, it’ll steam instead of sear.
3. Steak doesn’t need to be seared for very long but makes sure you use tongs and don’t touch the steak with your hands.
4. Use high-quality meat that has been trimmed of fat and marbled (marbling is what gives steak its flavor).
5. Make sure your pan is hot enough before adding the steak, otherwise, it won’t seat correctly or at all.
6. Keep an eye on your steak while it cooks so you know when you’re getting close to done – doing this prevents dry steaks that burn instead of searing right in the middle because they are over-cooked on one side or another.
How to avoid burning your food.
6. Slice against the grain and serve immediately.
7. Remember that searing does not mean cooking your steak on high heat for a long time, so don’t worry if you hear a popping noise as the meat cooks – that’s just the natural process of searing which will cook your steak evenly throughout.
8. For best results, keep the lid on while cooking to avoid burning food, but be sure not to block all the vents of the lid with foil or parchment paper.
9. Seared steaks can be served straight from their skillet or transferred onto an oven-safe plate or baking sheet using a spatula; this will make it easier to serve your guests accordingly without having to transfer them into individual plates.
10. Serve promptly before your meat cools down too much and loses its sear!
When it comes to cooking steak, know the right time to stop the cooking process and how to prevent burning your food. You can also use leftover seared steak for a different meal.
Searing is a technique that creates a crispy crust on the outside of a steak. It’s important to remember that searing is a cooking technique, not a way to cook a steak. There are some foods that should not be seared and with this in mind, you will be able to create delicious dishes with your seared steak.