How To Pan Sear Steak Successfully

Prepared Steak Feel like beef tonight? Good choice since beef is a source of high-quality protein. Besides being naturally tasty, it provides a number of important nutrients such as  iron, zinc and B vitamins. If you’re thinking steak for...

Prepared Steak
Prepared Steak

Feel like beef tonight? Good choice since beef is a source of high-quality protein. Besides being naturally tasty, it provides a number of important nutrients such as  iron, zinc and B vitamins. If you’re thinking steak for dinner, why not pan sear it? Pan searing the steak helps to seal in the juice  without overcooking it. Here's how to pan sear steak by following a few simple steps:

Choosing the Steak

To ensure best results, use steaks that are at least 1 ½ inch thick. Pat dry with paper towels just before seasoning as a watery steak will take longer to cook, resulting in a tough steak.

Seasonings

Salt and pepper are true and tried seasoning and you can’t go wrong with that. The choice of seasonings can vary for different cuts of beef, but these seasonings will work for steak in general:

Basil, fresh ginger, lemongrass, flat-leaf parsley, rosemary, tarragon, green onion, bay leaf and herbes de Provence.

Method

  • 30 minutes before cooking the steak, remove from refrigerator and bring it to room temperature. Season well with your favorite seasoning and set aside.
  • It’s best to use a basic uncoated pan, ideally one with good heat retention such as heavy bottomed, copper core or cast iron. Coat it with some olive oil or canola oil and heat it over medium heat until you can feel heat radiating from the pan.
  • Place steak into the pan. You should hear a sizzle when you do this. Let it cook for about 2 to 4 minutes depending on the thickness of the steak. Once the outside is seared to a beautiful brown, flip the steak over and allow pan to sear the other side. For those who rely on exact science to cook, the thermometer should register 110 F  for rare and 130 F for medium rare.
  • Remove steak from pan and allow it to sit undisturbed for 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute  throughout and make for an evenly moist steak.

Pan searing steaks is easy as you can see and it also allows you to whip up a wholesome meal in less than 15 minutes. Of course, using the right cookware can make the process easier and more successful. For more information on how to make a juicy steak, contact us.