Cooking Steak Tips and Tricks

June 3, 2009

rump steak with yellow plum sauceTo remove the fat, freeze your steak first. Then simply grate the fat off with a standard grater. You can get closer to the meat than with a knife if you are the normal cook. If it is a big piece of meat run the grater over the meat instead of using the grater the normal way. I stub my toes enough not to have them smashed with a heavy object.


By Tim Lawson from Science Hill, KY

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June 7, 2021

I want to buy a book to help me improve my knowledge about how to cook steak. I do some research online and there is so many books out there.

So I just want to ask can you guys give me some recommend that what book should I buy? Thanks a lot.


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June 7, 20212 found this helpful
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I have a few meat cookbooks, and the best one I have for Steak is:
"The perfect Steak Cookbook" by Will Budiaman. It came out Oct 2020 and is about the most complete cookbook about only steak. The author is a French Culinary School grad and a personal chef to some high profile people in NYC and the Hamptons, His book covers everything from where each type of steak comes from on a cow, to what spices, seasonings, marinades to use, cooking styles and times. It is very complete. It is listed on Amazon for $13.99.


Good luck and Happy cooking !!!

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I'm not sure that one person can recommend a cookbook for someone else unless they know more about the person's tastes and their level of cooking expertise.
There are some very good steak cookbooks for 'beginners' as well as more advanced books for 'gourmet' cooks and lots in between.
Do you need more pictures?
Very simple directions?
Cooking interests are more for inside or outdoor cooking?
I'm only showing that you may need to spend some time in a large book store - one that has seating/tables and maybe even a coffee shop. This way you can take several cookbooks and look at each one to find things that suit you and your cooking skills.


Believe me this is a great way to find what you're looking for.
If you find one or two that you like you can take a picture of the cover or title page and then check out online prices as sometimes a slightly used book can be purchased for 1/10 of the cost of a new book.

Of course, the library is an excellent source to review books like this as you can even check them out and review them at your leisure - and - it's free.

My son loves to cook steak and this is one of his favorite books but not sure if it would suit your tastes. (Affiliate Link)

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January 2, 2021

I'm still new to cooking steak, especially beef. My co-worker in the kitchen said you have to cook it more often to get better at this, I know that but, is there any way someone can help me with this?

I would like how to know when it is rare/medium/welldone ? I appreciate all the help and advice I can get, thanks you guys.


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I like my steak medium. I preheat the broiler and cook 10 minutes each side. Remember the steak will continue to cook a bit after you remove it from the heat, so allow for that.

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A good meat Thermometer is the best key to provide your steak to cooking perfection. Rare(very pink) 125 - 130 degrees F. cook time 8 minutes. Medium Rare(pink) 130- 135 degrees F. cook time 9 min. Medium(light pink) 135- 140 degrees F. cook time 10 min.


Medium well -140- 150 degrees F. cook time 11 min. Well Done- 155 degrees F or above, cook time 12 min. or more. Also here are some great cooking tips, that will help even on the grill -

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Gordon Ramsey can explain it better than I can:

The first tip about taking it out of the refrigerator before cooking was a game changer!

Also look for consistent thickness when buying the meat (first step) and invest in cuts that have a little fat to start with as that seems to help them stay juicy.


Happy grilling/broiling/pan frying!!


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January 4, 20211 found this helpful

First I would get a thermometer. Let steaks come to room temperature. I season liberally with salt & pepper and a little garlic powder. If cooking in a pan, make sure its very hot so steaks sear and not steam. You want them to brown nicely and not turn gray colored from steaming. While cooking, only flip them one time- same with burgers. Always stop cooking steaks a little under your desired temp to allow for carry over cooking. When you take them out of the pan, put a little pat of butter on each steak. ALWAYS ALWAYS let meat rest after cooking to allow juices to redistribute. Good luck!

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September 6, 2009

What's the best way to cook a steak?

By Robert Murphy from Manchester, UK


September 9, 20090 found this helpful

I'm not in favour of this modern way of cooking meat which ends up practically raw. Apart from anything else, I don't think it is safe. When I cook sirloin steaks, I oil a piece of tinfoil and place the steak on it.


I then add sliced onion, mushrooms and sprinkle half an Oxo beef cube over it. Wrap it up and cook in oven at around 160 degrees C. for about an hour. You end up with a nice moist steak with tasty juices!

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September 9, 20090 found this helpful

Medium rare steaks are perfectly fine and they are tasty. Have eaten them that way my entire life with no problems and I am 55. The trick is to make sure they are fresh.

Whether skillet cooked or on the BBQ just cook on medium high. Place on skillet or grill, and cook until juices flow up on to the top of the steak and 'do not' pierce with a fork or knife during that time or the steak will not remain moist. Once a good amount of juices flow up then turn the steak over and cook for only 30 to 60 seconds longer.

You can cook with or without spicing and eat plain or dip in horseradish or season to taste after cooking or you can cook with pre-seasoning of any sort. Hope this is of help :-)

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September 10, 20090 found this helpful

I call this feathering the steak. I take a knife and slice down across steak about 1/4 of steaks thickness and 1/2" apart across steak and opposite direction on other side then apply olive oil and steak rub and rub in real good. Then cook on grill.I flip the steak a lot and right before it is done, I start to bast it with this steak sauce and beer mixed. It cooks the steak in the inside like it does around the edges.That's it. I can't stand it any more I am going to fire up the grill.Every time our friends hear that we are cooking steaks her they come. I love it.

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April 29, 2007

I am looking for a recipe for steak that is grilled on both sides at a high heat, then put in the oven for a few minutes to roast. It then produces a medium rare steak. I had the recipe then lost it. Hope someone can help.

Sandy from Metairie, LA


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April 30, 20070 found this helpful

This method gives the result that you want, but it is the opposite of what you wrote -- the steak is first baked, and then it is broiled or grilled. The meat should be 2 inches thick. Place it on edge in a V-shaped rack in a roasting pan and bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours, then place it flat on a rack and broil (or grill) for 3 to 5 minutes a side, until it's brown. If the meat isn't a cut that naturally tender, use meat tenderizer according to the package directions and bake the steak for 45 minutes per pound of meat, then broil or grill for 3 to 5 minutes a side.

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By Judi (Guest Post)
May 1, 20071 found this helpful

This is the info I got one time for steak house searing. Have used it with excellent results.

First you sear the steaks. Heat a heavy, ovenproof skillet on stove for about five minutes. After heating the pan, add oil and sear steaks well on one side. Do not move steaks, as constant contact with pan is what gives the nice crust. Turn steaks over, then finish them in oven set at 425 degrees.

Medium Rare: Sear for five minutes, roast in oven for seven minutes, then rest for five minutes. The resting helps redistribute the juices through the meat.

Hope this is what you were looking for.

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May 1, 20070 found this helpful

Judi, This sounds like what I was looking for. Can't wait to try it!
Thanks, Sandy

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November 5, 2009

I am looking for a recipe for fuss free steak using a cooking bag.

By bonnie from N.F.


November 5, 20090 found this helpful

Why not? First I would sear the meat then place it in the bag maybe with some sauteed onions and mushrooms! Carla

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October 13, 2006

When cooking a steak, use tongs or a spatula to turn the meat rather than a fork. It you puncture the meat it will let the juices out.

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