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The Ultimate Guide To Steak Cooking Times

on May 27, 2016
“To see the butcher slap the steak before he laid it on the block, and give his knife a sharpening, was to forget breakfast instantly." Charles Dickens (1812-1870) ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’   With a little practice, you could be cooking a steak like the pros in no time at all. The key is knowing how long to cook it, and with a meat thermometer, you'll have it covered. Without one, you'll be dealing with either an overcooked piece of meat or one that it nearly raw!   Nevertheless, you'd be surprised at how many people don't have a meat thermometer in their home. Not only can it save you time, but the meat thermometer can save you money (no more ruining an expensive cut of beef). While you mull over the reasons you still don't have a meat thermometer, you can have a look at the table for steak cooking times that's listed below.

How Long Should I Cook A Steak?

  “Grilling, broiling, barbecuing – whatever you want to call it – is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach.” James Beard, ‘Beard on Food’ (1974)   The graphs shown below are an estimation of correct steak cooking times. Whether you're grilling, broiling, roasting, or pan-searing (frying) your favorite cut of steak, the tables here will give you a better idea of how long you should cook the meat. The thickness of the meat has been taken into consideration for these tables.    

Grilling Steak

  “But doth not the appetite alter? A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.” William Shakespeare (1564-1616)   The summer season is not going to be the same without grilling your favorite cut of meat, and grilling a tasty steak is no exception to this rule. The flavor of a delicious steak is much better whenever it's prepared on a barbecue grill, but this is only true if the chef cooks the meat properly. Any time a grill master hosts a big barbecue for their family or friends, they will want to cook the steak to the perfect temperatures, and that's where the meat thermometer comes in!   When it comes to grilling a steak, high heat and fast cooking times are suggested in order to get the best flavor; keeping the juices in the meat for a mouth-watering first-bite.  

Broiling Steak

  “If we aren’t supposed to eat animals, then why are they made out of meat?” Jo Brand, British comedian.   If you're planning to broil your favorite cut of steak, you'll want to consider the fact that a conventional oven's broiler may not be as powerful of a heat source; taking too much time to sear your meat, which means you'll end up undercooking the meat, or worse, overcooking it--leaving you with a tough cut of beef that's hard to chew and flavorless.   Broiling steak is a time-tested way to cook this preferred cut of meat, and it's essentially just grilling without a flame. You will discover the table provided gives you cooking times based on how thick your cut of beef is; broiling your favorite meat to perfection. Nonetheless, it's crucial you have your handy meat thermometer on-hand to ensure that the steak is cooked through properly depending on your specific tastes.    

Roasting Steak

  “Your butcher breathes an atmosphere of good living. The beef mingles kindly with his animal nature." Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), ‘The Seer’   This method requires you to "finish" the steak off after you have pan-fried or -seared your steak. You'll want to set you oven at 400F Degrees. You'll notice that the baking times listed are very short, and this is because you'll only use this method after you've seared-in the flavor.    

Pan-Searing (Frying) Steak

  "My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night, I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak" Marilyn Monroe   Whether you're searing a ribeye, sirloin, or filet mignon, you'll want to make sure the meat is cooked properly, and this is where your technique and meat thermometer will come in handy.     It's also important to use the correct cooking fat. Using butter is the most preferred choice of fat when searing a steak. Butter has a high smoke point and makes the steak taste even better. Note: the smoke point is the temperature at which the oil breaks down and burns.   The tables we've provided so far are based on cooking a steak that is completely defrosted. Pan-searing cook times for your steak have been provided based on this assumption, and you'll love how juicy and flavorful your favorite cut of meat will be using the pan-fry method.   Considered one of the best thing to cook for dinner, especially on a summer's night, is considered to be the most difficult meat to perfect. A good steak demands to understand different cuts and grades. Steak cooking times can be perfected with the right tools, and the meat thermometer will go a long way in helping you cook a delicious steak.   Even if you can't afford the top-of-the-line cut of steak, you can master the art of cooking this cut of beef if you follow a few simple rules and learn how long to cook the meat for a better flavor. Getting a steak cooked to perfection may take some practice, but once you get the method down, you'll be cooking steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Enjoy!   if you would like to try steak cooked to the perfection, come visit Atlas Steakhouse!