Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Cooking the Perfect Steak...in a Pan?

Today's Wall Street Journal has this little bit of culinary arts.

The Perfectly Cooked Steak

4 to 5 pounds porterhouse or bone-in ribeye steak, 1½ to 2 inches thick
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

• Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

• On the stove top, heat a large, dry skillet until it is very hot. Season the steak well with salt and pepper and sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until it has a dark crust.

• Place skillet in preheated oven for about 14 minutes for a 1 1/2-inch steak. Cook to between rare and medium rare, because residual heat will continue cooking the meat while it is resting. To test for doneness, press your finger to the meat; it should yield to the touch but not be too soft. The chef says a thermometer will pierce the meat and allow the juices to run out.

• Rest steak for at least 5 minutes before slicing or serving.
I'm a skeptic about this one. I prefer my steaks on the grill, where the grill is blistering hot and the steaks are done about 7 minutes on a side. I just can't imagine eating a steak without the grill marks.


Kelly the little black dog said...

Yum yum! I know there aren't gril marks, but it actually tastes pretty good this way. Not unlike how southern blackened dishes are done.

Unknown said...

Pan frying a good steak is like putting a 4 cylinder engine in a '57 Chevy. Sure you can do it, but why would you want to??

Some things are just better cooked on a grill. Steak is one of them.

Unknown said...

you all are clearly stupid the best way to make a steak is in the engine of your car, i do it on my way to work, and than i make a second one on my way back omg they are absolutely delicious