How to cook the perfect steak

How to cook the perfect steak

Who doesn’t love a good steak? Okay yes, our vegan and vegetarian friends might not – but for the rest of us – it’s a go to meal that satisfies and tastes delicious. The problem is, we all have different tastes – some people prefer a steak well cooked, while others enjoy it juicy and rare. We know our preferences, do you? We’ve compiled some handy tips on how to cook a piece of steak just to your liking.

Our tried and tested five step guide to cooking the perfect steak in the comfort of your  home:

1. Heat your griddle or frying pan over a high heat, until smoking hot.

2. Lightly brush the steak with a little olive oil and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Don’t griddle more than two steaks at a time, and keep them spaced well apart. If you add more than two steaks to the pan at once, the temperature will drop and the steak will stew, rather than fry.

4. Don’t turn the steaks until good seared markings are achieved, then turn them over and cook on the other side (see timings, below).

5. You must let the steak rest for about 3 minutes before serving, to allow the juices that have been drawn to the surface to relax back into the meat.

These timings are based on cooking a sirloin steak that’s about 2cm thick (cooking times will vary depending on the type and thickness of the steak, and how hot your pan is.)

Blue: 1 minute each side

Rare: 1½ minutes each side

Medium rare: 2 minutes each side

Medium: 2¼ minutes each side

Medium-well done: 2½ – 3 minutes each side

So what’s it going to be?!