While the cooking methods are debatable there's no question about what constitutes a perfect steak: it should be juicy, well seasoned and have the perfect sear. It should look as good as it tastes.
So how can you achieve restaurant-style steak at home?
The answer may just be in this video from YouTuber Andrew Rea. In just under two minutes Rea gives a wonderful step-by-step tutorial that is easy to replicate. He brings out all the guns: a “reverse sear,” butter basting and more. Take a look:
The good news is not only is pan-searing the best way to cook a steak, it’s also the easiest. You only need a handful of ingredients: vegetable oil, salt, pepper, butter, thyme, garlic and the steak, of course. Go for a boneless cut such as ribeye or filet mignon.
Pat the steak dry and season. Heat the pan until very hot then add oil. Carefully place the steak in the pan and wait for it to sizzle. Leave it alone until a deep brown crust is formed (about 3 minutes). Flip over and leave for another 3-4 minutes. Add the butter and thyme during the last minute of cooking. Transfer to a board and rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
What is reverse searing?
Reverse searing refers to slow cooking a steak before finishing it off with a hot sear. This process results in more even cooking and better browning, as well as more tender meat inside the crust.
Tips & tricks
Season generously on both sides with salt and pepper before cooking to create an irresistible crust.
Make sure you use a pan that isn’t too tight a fit.
Slice thinly against the grain.
It is worth investing in a good thermometer for reverse searing.
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