Welcome to steak-recipe.net where you will find lots of information about beef and steaks of all kinds. We’ll even give you tips on how to find the best chef’s knives for your kitchen. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of tips from some of America’s top chef’s.
Season your steak as soon as you can. Shake salt on the cut of meat even before you light up the coals. Season your steaks at least fifteen minutes before you put them on the grill. That gives the salt a chance to dissolve and evenly flavor your meat. Sea salt is very popular now and many head chefs like to dress up a plate by using specialty salts. For your next steak meal try Hawaiian Pink Salt or Fleur de Sel. Sometimes, a little salt is all a steak needs.
If you r steaks have been in the fridge marinating bring them to room temperature before you put them on the grill. They will take much longer to cook if you take them right out of the fridge and put them on the heat. Steaks at room temperature will absorb seasoning better, as well as, cook faster. Take your time and enjoy cooking your steak. This will make the actual eating of the steak even more enjoyable.
Use charcoal briquettes whenever you grill. Gas grills work great for cooking food, however, they sometimes impart a gas flavor to your meat. Hardwood charcoal is a great medium to light a fire with. You do not need to use lighter fluid on it and it allows the full aroma of the charcoal to be absorbed into the steak when it’s roasting over the coals. Some say mesquite wood is best to grill any steak over. However, most types of wood chips can add flavor if you are smoking your meat.
Have different temperatures on your grill. Start your steak cooking on the hottest spot first. This will give your steak good color and sear on the outside from the high heat. When you turn the steak over, don’t put it down on the same spot as it will be cooler. Find another hot spot for the other side so it gets great color and sear as well.
Now… just leave it alone. This is one of the biggest mistakes many beginners make. It’s tempting to keep checking the steak to see if it is done. If you really have no idea how long it will take to cook, find a meat cooking guide online or in your favorite cookbook to help you. Then check it only if it’s absolutely necessary. Know the thickness of your steaks as that will help you determine how long it takes to cook.
Flip your steak just once and sear it on the sides as well. So, a quarter turn once on each side. If you are going to consult a steak grilling chart make sure your steaks are thawed and at room temperature. The charts always assume the steak will be at this starting point.
One final tip… make your own condiments and make them before hand. It’s very easy to make your own garlic and herb butter or a wine marinade. There are lots of books and internet sources to help you. Just remember to make them well ahead of the time you plan on cooking your steaks. Then all you have to worry about is grilling a great piece of meat.