Are you planning an at-home date night coming up sometime soon? There are few things better than a steak that has been cooked to perfection. Of course, not everyone knows exactly how to get their steak done just as they like it at home.
There are various methods of cooking steak in Williamsport, PA. Today we’re going to cover a method just about everyone should be able to pull off on their own: searing the steak in a skillet and then finishing it off by putting it into the oven.
You can expect this process to take a total of about 45 minutes, but that includes 30 minutes of prep time for just 15 minutes of cooking time. Gather up some olive oil, salt, black pepper, softened butter and a couple cloves of minced garlic, and you’re ready to go!
- Take the steaks out of the refrigerator and remove them from any packaging that they came in. Let the steaks sit at room temperature for at least a half hour before you begin the cooking process. This makes it easier to cook the steak more evenly.
- Rub each side of the steak with olive oil. In a small bowl off to the side, combine the salt, pepper and a bit of onion powder, and then rub that mixture on to each side of the steak.
- At this point, you can set your oven to preheat at 375 degrees. Begin preheating an oven-safe skillet (cast iron works great here) over high heat on the stove until it begins to smoke. You can then sear your steaks in the pan for two to three minutes at the most on each side. If one side is fatty, you can turn the steak onto that side and render the fat by searing it.
- Once you’ve completed the searing process, pull the skillet off the stove and put it into the oven to finish cooking. It’s helpful to have a meat thermometer here. If you want to achieve a medium rare steak, you should remove the steaks about five degrees before they would be done, which means taking the steaks out when their internal temperature is 130 degrees.
- During this cooking process, combine the garlic and butter together in a small bowl.
- After you remove the steaks from the oven, you can top them immediately with the butter mixture and then let them rest for about 10 minutes before you cut into them. The steak’s temperature will still rise as it rests, which is why you want to remove the steak from the heat a little bit before it reaches the ideal temperature.
- If, for some reason, you have to let your steaks sit any longer than described above (perhaps due to a side taking longer than expected to be complete), you should tent the steaks under foil to keep them warm and keep their juices in. But in general, you should make sure you plan out cooking any side dishes so that they’re done at the same time as the steaks. The last thing you want is to go through all the trouble of cooking a perfect steak and then having it be cold when it’s time to eat!
This method will work with just about any kind of steak, though you should adjust your searing and cooking times based on the thickness of the cut you use. This is where having meat thermometers on hand comes in handy.
For more information about cooking the perfect steaks for your next date night, contact Tony’s Delicatessen & Fresh Meats or visit our meat market in Williamsport, PA today!
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