How to Make the Perfect Steak

A resident of Gray, Tennessee, David Psimer heads administration and construction projects as owner and chief executive officer of DP Builders. In his free time, David Psimer enjoys cooking a variety of foods, including steaks.

Making the perfect steak may seem difficult for many home cooks. It is easy to overcook or dry out a steak if you do not use the correct techniques. Even if you are not a professional chef, you can still make quality steaks in the comfort of your own home by using the following tips:

-Choose a good cut. There are a wide variety of steak cuts that you can purchase for grilling. Make sure to choose a cut that is fresh and full of fat marbling, which prevents the steak from drying out and adds flavor. You can find sirloins, rib eye, and filets at most grocery stores, but you should also consider buying other excellent cuts such as tri-tip and strip steak.

-Season it well. While preparing your steak, it is important to season the meat to add flavor. Use good salt and freshly cracked pepper in large amounts, remembering to season the sides as well. To make sure the seasoning adheres to the meat, wet your hands and rub the steak to create a paste. You can also use herb butter or spice rubs to incorporate more flavor into your steak.

-Watch the temperature. Maintaining the right temperature is crucial to cooking steak. You can invest in steak thermometers to manage the internal heat. Cook a steak to 125 degrees to maintain rareness, or cook it to 140 degrees for a medium sear. You can also see if a steak is done by testing its firmness. A steak will feel soft if it is rare and very firm if it is well done.

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