How to cook the perfect steak

Two sirloin steaks in frying pan with rosemary sprigs

Whether you prefer a luscious, melt-in-the mouth fillet steak, or are more partial to the fuller-flavoured sirloin or ribeye, you need to know how to cook the perfect steak.

The method is simple, but with only a few minutes leeway between rare and well-done, perfect timing and constant attention are critical. Follow our advice to ensure that your steaks have all the hallmarks of a top-quality restaurant.

 

Step 1
You want your steak to be at room temperature. So, if it has been in the fridge, remove it about twenty minutes before you’re ready to start cooking.

Step 2
Season the steak with salt up to two hours before cooking, then with pepper just before putting it on the heat.

Step 3
Heat a heavy-based frying pan until very hot but not smoking. To test the heat, sprinkle cold water with your fingers into the heated pan. If the droplets dance about, the temperature is about right.

Step 4
Drizzle some oil into the pan and leave for a moment.

Step 5
Add the steak, a knob of butter, some garlic and robust herbs, if you want.

Step 6
Sear evenly on each side for our recommended cooking time, turning every minute for the best caramelised crust.

Step 7
Leave to rest on a board or warm plate for about 5 mins. This will make the meat juicier.

Step 8
Serve the steak whole or carved into slices with the resting juices poured over.

Step 9
Enjoy!

Recommended cooking times

Blue
Rare
Medium rare
Medium
Well-done
Fillet steak (3.5 cm thick)

 

1 ½ mins each side2 ¼ mins each side3 ¼ mins each side4 ½ mins each side6 mins each side
Sirloin steak and ribeye steak (2 cm thick)
1 min each side1 ½ mins each side2 mins each side2 ¼ mins each side4 mins each side

 

Steak is more than just a delicious meal. It offers several health benefits too. Now that you know how to cook the perfect steak, take a look at all the other fresh meat we have available for home-delivery.

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