The succulent, savory taste of steak is one that’s hard to beat. No matter where you’re from or how you like it, a piece of steak is always a surefire filling meal, whether you’re having it for lunch or dinner. Looking up “how to cook steak” on the Internet will result in a myriad of dishes; the amount of choices can be overwhelming! Whether you like your steak saucy or dry, or with a particular marinade, there are just so many ways to dig into this meaty goodness. Today, we’ll be showing you how to cook steak in one of the most classic ways possible! You may already have a favorite steak dish, but trust us when we say this will definitely give your top spot a run for its money.
By following this recipe, you’ll learn how to cook steak like a pro! Even better is that this recipe doesn’t only teach you how to cook steak—it shows you how to make yummy sides, too! For this dish, we’ll be making some good old, classic mashed potatoes. Rich, buttery, and creamy, these potatoes go hand in hand all too perfectly with the savory flavors of your steak. You couldn’t possibly go wrong with the combo of tender meat and such an indulgent side dish. Mashed potatoes make your juicy steak that much better; we guarantee it!
And we wouldn’t be teaching you how to cook steak in the best way if we didn’t show you what sauce would pair extraordinarily well with it! Enter the delicious beef gravy: equally savory and sweet, this really ties your whole meal together. Pour this gravy over your mashed potatoes to cut through that thick and buttery flavor. When you combine it with your gorgeous steak, then you for sure have yourself a winner!
How to cook steak: Tips and tricks
Learning how to properly prepare steak is an essential for even the most novice of home cooks. Making your own steak at home not only saves you the money you would spend if you had to go out to a fancy restaurant to eat it. It makes your dish all the more fulfilling, knowing you put in the time and effort to make it just the way you and your loved ones enjoy it.
When learning how to cook steak on a stovetop, here are some handy tips to keep in mind! Whether you’re a first time chef or a seasoned pro, knowing these tricks will make your cooking experience all the more convenient.
Prep your steak beforehand.
Like in any other recipe that teaches you how to cook steak, one of the most important lessons to learn is to prep it before cooking. At least an hour before cooking, take your steak out of the fridge. Cooking your steak while still cold makes it a lot harder to ensure you’ve cooked it all the way through. It’s also important that you blot your steak with a paper towel in order to gather up any excess moisture. If you sear your steak on the pan while it’s too moist, then the browning and caramelization becomes even more difficult.
Don’t forget to season your T-bone steak with salt and pepper, too!
Know what doneness you’re after.
If you’re an avid steak lover like many around the world, you know there are varying degrees of doneness you can enjoy this meat at. These range from rare, with its ultra red interior, to well done, where there’s barely any pink left. The doneness of your steak depends on its internal temperature and how much you cook it all the way through. Having a thermometer on hand is a great way of knowing you’ve achieved the temperature you want on your piece of meat!
It’s important to note also that once you remove your steaks from the pan, the residual heat allows them to cook for up to 5 degrees more. Keep that in mind when you want to strike that balance between, for instance, medium rare and medium!
Let your steak rest.
Part of knowing how to cook steak is knowing when to let it rest. It’s not a good idea to cut into a steak right after you’ve finished cooking, as all of those tasty juices will escape and gather on your plate. Instead, for about 5 minutes, keep your steak rested so as to allow it to cook longer, and let all those delicious juices ruminate inside.
Now that you’ve got these in mind, let’s learn how to cook steak and its perfect sides together!
How to Cook Steak on a Stovetop
Let’s start with this recipe by making the mashed potatoes. Boil your potato halves in a quart of water for 15 minutes. Do note that you have to add a teaspoon of salt into the water beforehand! Drain the water using a colander once finished, then, meanwhile, add some butter into the still hot cooking pot. Put the potato back in the pot and mash, using a potato masher or a fork. Half a cup of creamy evaporated milk goes in next; continue mashing your potatoes until they smoothen. After seasoning with salt and pepper, you can now set it aside.
The next step would be to make the gravy. Melt butter in a saucepan and add Knorr Beef Cube for that extra flavor. Stir, then add all-purpose flour, and for about 5 to 7 minutes, stir some more. Add between ¾ to 1 cup of water into the saucepan, and continue to stir until you’ve blended all your ingredients together well. Feel free, however, to add as much water as necessary to make the consistency as thin or thick as you like! Season with salt and ground black pepper before setting it aside.
Now, it’s time to cook the actual steak! Heat a cast iron pan, then add cooking oil and butter. Once you’ve melted your butter, put the steak you prepared prior into the pan, and sear for about 2 minutes. Add the mix of rosemary and thyme to the oil so that the herbs’ flavor and aroma automatically seep in. That fragrant combination will make your steak even more appealing to all your other senses!
Continue cooking your steak for two minutes, then remove your herbs and discard. Turn the steak over and continue cooking on high heat for 4 minutes. Be sure to check the internal temperature of your steak with a thermometer every so often to see if you’re getting close to the doneness you want.
Once you’re happy, take the steak off the pan and place it on a clean plate. For about 5 minutes, let it rest on the plate alone. Then, arrange your mashed potatoes on the side and pour the gravy over your dish. Serve with some steamed vegetables on the side—and there you have it! You’ve just learned how to cook steak on a stovetop. Wasn’t that easy?
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How to Cook Steak
- 10 ounces T-bone steak
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 2 sprigs thyme
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
Mashed potato ingredients:
- 1 lb. potato peeled and halved
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Beef Gravy ingredients:
- 1 Knorr Beef Cube
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ¾ cups water
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Prepare the steak. Season both sides with salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Make the mashed potato by boiling it in 1 quart of water for 15 minutes. Note: add 1 teaspoon salt in boiling water before putting the potato in. Drain the water using a colander. Add butter on the hot cooking pot. Put the potato back into the pot. Mash using a potato masher or a fork. Add evaporated milk. Continue mashing until the texture of the potato becomes smooth. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
- Make the gravy by melting the butter in a saucepan. Add Knorr Beef Cube. Stir. Add all-purpose flour. Continue stirring for 5 to 7 minutes. Add Half the amount of the water as indicated in the ingredient list. Continue stirring until all ingredients are well blended. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Note: add more water as needed to make the consistency thinner per your preference.
- Start cooking the steak by heating a cast iron pan. Add cooking oil and butter. Once the butter melts, put the steak into the pan. Sear it for 2 minutes. Add the rosemary and thyme directly to the oil so that it will be infused with the aroma and flavor of the herbs. Continue cooking for 2 minutes. Remove the herbs and discard. Turn the steak over and continue cooking in high heat for 4 minutes.
- Take the steak off the pan and place it on a clean plate. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes.
- Arrange mashed potato on the side and pour the gravy on it. Serve with steamed vegetables.
- Share and enjoy!