Three Different Ways to Cook Steak

[ 4 ] March 20, 2015 |

When most of us prepare a steak, we fry it. It’s the easiest and quickest way to cook this meat and, let’s face it; it’s super tasty! However, I challenge you to try something different next time you cook your steak. There are so many other interesting and delicious ways to prepare this red meat, some of which are much healthier options than frying. Do you accept my challenge? Here are my favorite and most interesting ways to cook with steak.

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1.  Grilled steak

Don’t let people tell you that grilled steak is tricky or time-consuming! With the right technique, you can get the perfect piece of meat every time. I love grilling steak because it creates that charred, smoky exterior which adds another level of flavor to this naturally delicious ingredient. A cut of meat that does well on the grill is rump steak. For the perfect grilled meat, remove the steak from the fridge around 30 minutes before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature. When you are ready to grill, brush the meat with olive oil and season well. Place on a high grill and cook on each side for 4 to 5 minutes for medium rare. Add on 2 to 3 minutes for medium and 5 minutes for medium well. Take off the grill, cover and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with a fresh green salad. Yummy!

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2.  Slow cooked steak

Slow cooked steak is so delicious! It has a rich, meaty taste and a wonderful melt in the mouth texture. The other plus side to slow cooked steak is that with a slow cooker, you just have to throw in all the ingredients and let it do its magic. The longer and lower the temperature, the more tender and yummy the meat will be. So if you can, put all the ingredients into your slow cooker in the morning, and it will be perfect come dinner time. There are loads of recipes for slow-cooked steak, but my favorite is a beef curry that uses braising steak, plenty of spices, yoghurt, tomatoes and cilantro. Slow cooked beef is the perfect comfort food.


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3.  Roast steak

Roasting is another great way to cook steak. It’s a method often used in restaurants because it’s one of the easiest ways to achieve that crispy exterior and the perfectly cooked interior. To perfect this way of cooking steak you will need an oven-proof skillet. The meat (New York strip or rib-eye are the best) should be brought to room temperature, oiled and seasoned. In the hot skillet sear the meat on each side, so it has a nice dark brown crust. Then, pop the skillet containing the steak into a pre-heated oven (about 400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5 to 15 minutes (depending on how you like it). Serve your perfectly roasted meat with your favorite steak sauce and sides.

I hope this post has shown you that there are other just as interesting and effective ways to cook your steak than frying. Give them a go!

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Anna says:

    So great! Love to see fellow L’Academie alums blogging 🙂

  2. Johnna says:

    Thanks Anna!! Loved L’Academie!!!

  3. Great tips Johnna, thanks

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