After having tried various methods of cooking steaks I have realised that the simple method is the best.
First of all you need a good piece of steak. Sirloin, rib eye or fillet is the best and make sure that it has been hung for at least 21 days. If the steak has streaks of fat running through it like a marble effect then that’ s a good sign. Personally, I prefer fillet but it is more expensive.
The secret to cooking a good steak is to keep it simple. First of all, take the steak out of the fridge and leave it at room temperature for about 30 minutes or so. Then put some olive oil onto the steak and then add ground black pepper in fairly generous amounts. Next, add a good sprinkling of sea salt. Do this to both sides and leave for a few minutes.
Use a good quality frying pan or skillet and add a very small amount of olive oil and put the pan on a medium heat until the pan is very hot but not so hot that blue smoke is coming off. When the pan is hot enough add the steak. Depending on how you like your steak done leave the steak to cook for about 3 minutes and then turn it over. Each side should be well done but it’s the inside of the steak that needs to be cooked to your liking.
A good way of testing the steak to see how well done it is is to use your finger to press down on the meat and you can tell how well done it is by how soft the meat feels. The softer the meat the less well cooked it is.
Finally, once the steak is cooked take it out of the pan and leave it on a warm plate for 2 or 3 minutes as this lets the juices settle back into the meat. Transfer the cooked steak onto your plate, add salad and, of course some home made chips and you will have the perfect steak meal.
One final thing I would recommend is to but some proper steak knives. It’s a nice feeling when your knife effortlessly cuts through the perfectly cooked steak !