How to Cook a Steak on the Stove
Steaks are favorites for meat lovers around the world and are popular menu items in most restaurants. However, if your budget does not allow you to dine out quite often, you can easily prepare a steak at home for half of what you would have spent otherwise for the same taste.
Cooking a steak on the stove at home is not difficult at all and the procedure of making each kind of steak is almost the same; however, the cooking time may change due to the thickness and cut of the meat.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 50 min
Yield: 2 servings
Utensils: Pan, large bowl, spoons, serving plates and spoons.
A piece of steak
Seasoning mixture or salt and pepper
If you are looking to cook a steak at home, you must remember that the meat should be at room temperature before being cooked. Therefore, having taken the steak out of the refrigerator, you should allow it to rest for about 45 to 60 minutes.
Grab a pan
Arrange a pan according to the size of the steak and put two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in it. Place the pan on the boiler and allow the oil to get hot. Most experts recommend medium heat at this stage. Add your seasonings in the pan just before adding the steak. If you do not want to use pre-packed seasonings, you may just go ahead and use sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
If you do not want to add the mixture to the oil, you may just apply the salt and pepper or the seasoning packet mixture on the steak directly.
Place the steak on the pan
Having placed the steak in the pan, do not constantly turn it on the pan. Let one side of the steak cook for about half of the cooking time before turning it over for the rest of the time.
In order to check the centre, some people are tempted to cut open the steak. However, this is going to hurt the overall presentation of the steak. As you get experienced, you will get to know if it is properly cooked or not by simply pressing on the top.
Once you have taken the steak out of the pan, place it on a plate for about 10 minutes before you cut it. You may now add two more tablespoons of olive oil on the steak for extra flavour.