Cooking The Perfect Steak


Cooking the perfect steak is easier than you might think. Pick a nice steak and cook it just the way you like it with these steps!

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Cooking the perfect steak
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-10-05, this recipe is for 2 people and takes 20 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 05-06-2022

20 minutes 2 people Main course
Cooking the perfect steak


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  • 2 steaks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • splash of olive oil
  • knob of butter
  • optional: sprig of rosemary
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  • kitchen paper
  • kitchen tongs
  • frying pan or griddle pan
  • optional: oven
  • aluminium foil

Cooking The Perfect Steak

20 minutes 2 people Main course

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The most important thing in cooking steak perfectly is letting the meat come to room temperature. The pan cools down far too quickly if the meat goes into the pan too cold, resulting in a steak which isn’t as enjoyable.

You can cook the steak in a frying pan or griddle pan. Always use tongs, not a fork. Use a combination of olive oil and butter, because oil can be heated at a higher temperature than butter alone.

Remove the steak from the refrigerator at least half an hour beforehand.

First, pat the steak dry with kitchen paper.

Season the steak on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat the pan over high heat and when it is hot add a dash of olive oil and a knob of butter.

Cooking the perfect steak - step 1
Cooking the perfect steak - step 1

Once the butter’s foam has almost completely disappeared, sear the steak by frying it for one minute on each side.

Cooking the perfect steak - step 2
Cooking the perfect steak - step 2

The most important thing is to be able to sear the steak immediately, because then the juices will stay in the meat, so that it will remain wonderfully tender. For this reason, don’t move the steak once you’ve put it in the pan!

Reduce the heat slightly, but not too low, and cook the steak to desired doneness by frying for a few more minutes on both sides. You can now add a sprig of rosemary to the pan if you wish.

Stand the steaks upright to sear the sides, if necessary.

Cooking the perfect steak - step 3
Cooking the perfect steak - step 3

After searing, you could transfer the steak to an oven preheated to 100 degrees celsius. Bake it in the oven for a few minutes until the desired doneness.

Cooking the perfect steak - step 4
Cooking the perfect steak - step 4

Once the steak has reached the desired doneness, in the pan or the oven, wrap it with aluminium foil. Let the steak rest for about 10 minutes. The juices will then remain in the meat, so that the steak will be perfectly tender.

Cooking the perfect steak
Cooking the perfect steak

Serve the steak with fries and a green salad, or perhaps a chicory salad. You could also top it with a tasty pepper sauce or mushroom cream sauce. Enjoy your meal!

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Cooking The Perfect Steak: frequently asked questions

How long should I cook steak?

The exact time depends on several factors. How thick is your steak, what temperature is the meat and how hot is the pan. But in general the following times apply:

  • Rare (saignant), red inside: sear only, 1 minute per side.
  • Medium (à point), pink inside: 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Well done (bien cuit), cooked through: 5 minutes per side.

What is the best meat for steak?

You can use many types of meat for steak, not just beef. There is venison, kangaroo and many others.

What types of steak are there?

Tenderloin, ribeye, t-bone, rump steak, sirloin steak, bavette, wagyu and many more.