Searching for that Caramelized Crust and Juicy Steak Interior?
Have you watched your favorite celebrity chef grill the best steak? Impressive results can easily be achieved at home too. Getting that perfect sear isn’t hard to do – it’s just science. And, the caramelization that occurs makes your steak taste great. Getting the perfect sear, caramelizing the exterior of your steak requires something called the “Maillard Reaction.” The Maillard Reaction caramelizes the proteins and sugars on the outside of your steak. Searing meat using this method isn’t just about looks, it’s about maximizing great flavor.
Here a 5 easy steps for the perfect steak:
Step 1: Remove your steak from the refrigerator and let rest for 30 minutes before cooking. This allows the steak to come to room temperature before cooking. Then use a paper towel to pat the steak dry.
Step 2: Season the steak with salt and pepper. Himalayan salt gives the purest salt flavor. If you don’t have Himalayan salt, use kosher salt. Don’t use table salt as it may impart a metallic flavor.
Step 3: Using a cast iron skillet, get it really hot. Drops of water should quickly sizzle and evaporate. Add 2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil since they have a higher smoke point.
Step 4: Place the steak in your skillet and cook it for 5 minutes on each side for medium rate, 8 minutes for medium and 12 minutes for well-done.
Step 5: Remove the steak from the skillet and let rest for 5 minutes.