25 August 2010

Home Cooking: 8 Steps to the Perfect Steak (21 Aug 2010)


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Cooking a perfect steak has always been a challenge for me but perhaps it's somewhat due to the quality of meat I've bought and not having a BBQ — as well as never been taught. I was given a quality piece of Delmonico steak with instructions on how to cook the perfect steak from Chophouse so I thought to honor the dish I'd serve with organic vegetables from Eveleigh Farmers' Market. The steps were very simple to follow and for a novice cook like myself a blessing. I've got a very simple stove and oven but in the end the steak was very nice, well seasoned and tender to cut with minimal grizzle factor. The meat stayed quite red in colour but it was actually cooked — although perhaps I could have cooked it a little longer. I'll certainly be trying these steps on my next meat and three veg night.

Chophouse: 8 Steps to the Perfect Steak
1. Take the steak out 20 min before to temper.
2. Set the oven to 200c.
3. Heat a thick bottom frying pan to hot (no oil).
4. Undo the steak, season with olive oil, salt flakes (a nice coat of oil).
5. Place the steak in the hot pan (don not add anymore oil) and cook for 1 1/2 min on one side, turn and repeat.
6. Place in oven for 4 min and take out, rest for 8 min on a rack in a warm place.
7. Place in the oven for 1 min to reheat.
8. Slice, serve and enjoy!

1. Take the steak out 20 min before to temper.

2. Set the oven to 200c.
3. Heat a thick bottom frying pan to hot (no oil).

4. Undo the steak, season with olive oil, salt flakes (a nice coat of oil).

5. Place the steak in the hot pan (don not add anymore oil) and cook for 1 1/2 min on one side, turn and repeat.


6. Place in oven for 4 min and take out, rest for 8 min on a rack in a warm place.

7. Place in the oven for 1 min to reheat.

8. Slice, serve and enjoy!

Steamed eggplant, organic carrots and broccoli

Meat and 3 veg, Chef Leong :-)

10 comments:

YaYa said...

OMG look at the marbling on that steak!

Portuguese Kitchen said...

Looks like a wonderful steak, nice piece of meat.Glad you learnt to cook a steak, it is easy as you found out.

john@heneedsfood said...

Nice meat, Simon. Love the steak as well!

Zina @ tastedbytwo said...

Holy moly, mine looked well done compared to yours! Love your sides, wish I lived closer to Eveleigh markets.

Maria @ ScandiFoodie said...

That does look like a nice steak! I love the oven shot, so informative! ;-)

MsCritique.com said...

That looks incredible. Not sure about the steamed eggplant though...

Brenda said...

Mmmmm love me a good piece of steak!!
Don't they say that the camera makes the steak look a lot rarer than it really is?

Steve Marshall said...

thaks simon, steak & three veg tonight. mmm

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

Whoa - rare! Mine went a bit to medium away from the bone, but med-rare near the bone... Delish!

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi yaya, i guess that's why it was so tender to cut. yum yum!

hi portuguese kitchen, i certainly hope all my future steaks turn out just as tender. i always thought it was supposed to be half the time to rest as it was to cook which I think so many tv cooking shows have said but perhaps i got this wrong?

hi john, cheeky monkey, that's what we love about you ;-)

hi zina, gee your oven and fry pan must have been super hot. i think my oven may say it's 200 degrees but it's so old i wouldn't be surprised if it was only 150 degrees :-) wish i lived closer to Eveleigh Markets as well.

hi maria, hehe was actually trying to show off how old my oven is. i think it's like a 1960s original :-) you don't get knobs like that anymore — no LED exact temperatures on this baby.

hi MsCritique, you gotta try the steamed eggplant but it does need a bit of seasoning or some sort of tasty sauce to make it even better.

hi brenda, i haven't heard about that but you could be right. although i shot mine under fluorescent lighting which could have also changed the colour quite dramatically too.

hi steve, hope it's a good steak and 3 veg night for you. i wanna see photos ;-)

hi tina, sounds like you cooked yours perfectly. i think i'm still getting used to my oven temperature because it's the first time i've cooked something like this in this way.

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