Butcher's Guide to Cooking the Perfect Steak

Steak is a popular choice for many meat lovers, but cooking it to perfection can be a daunting task for some. In this guide, we will explore the best techniques to cook a delicious steak every time.

Choosing your steak

When it comes to cooking steak, the cut of meat you choose is crucial. Some popular cuts in Ireland include ribeye, sirloin, and striploin. Each cut has its own unique texture, tenderness, fat content and flavour profile, so it's essential to select the one that suits your preferences. Click here to view our guide on all things beef cuts.

Preparing your steak

Before cooking the steak, make sure to bring it to room temperature. Season the steak with salt and pepper, and any additional herbs or spices you prefer. For an extra flavour boost, you can marinate the steak in olive oil and minced garlic for a few hours in the fridge before cooking.

Cooking your steak

For a perfectly cooked steak, it's essential to choose the right cooking method. Grilling, pan-searing, and barbecuing are popular options. The key is to cook the steak to your desired level of doneness. Use a small amount of neutral oil to start if frying or grilling but avoid using too much as the fat will render from the steak. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the steak reaches the correct internal temperature. 

Finishing your steak

The internal temperature of the steak is the best indicator of doneness. For a rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of 50°C. For a medium-rare steak, cook it until it reaches 57°C. Medium steaks should have an internal temperature of 63°C, while well-done steaks should reach 71°C.

Letting the steak rest

Once the steak is cooked, it's crucial to let it rest before slicing into it. Allowing the steak to rest for a few minutes will help the juices redistribute, resulting in a more flavourful and tender steak. Cut along the grain or lines on the steak with a sharp knife.

By following these tips and techniques, you can cook a delicious steak that will impress your friends and family. Experiment with different cuts, seasonings, and cooking methods to find your perfect steak recipe.

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