How to Season and Pan Fry a Steak

10 Dec

Ok, this is a back to basics kinda thing but something close to my heart. STEAK!!! And though I`m working on cutting down on the amount I eat there`s just something so satisfying about a tender, juicy well seasoned fine cut of beef. Today I have this simple man`s plan to a perfectly seasoned steak. This is really so simple and basic but see beautiful cuts not live up to their potential so often.
All you need are a touch of olive oil, kosher or sea salt (not table salt) some freshly ground black pepper & a very minimum of 40 minutes before you cook. Overnight`s better but I get it, who wants to start a day before & have to make room in the fridge. When you season the meat the salt will draw a bit of moisture out (you can see it bead on top after 10-15 minutes) and the salt will dissolve. At this point the brine will start to work it`s way back into the meat & start breaking down the muscle fibers resulting in a more tender outcome but again please, let it go at least 40 minutes.
Brush with a bit of olive oil.
Season generously with kosher or sea salt.
Add a couple of turns of fresh pepper.
Allow to come to room temp & wait. Prep the rest of dinner, pour a glass of wine, fold a load of laundry, whatever but again, don`t cook for a minimum of 40 minutes.
As you can see I`m pan frying this bad  boy but the seasoning & wait time is the same no matter how you are cooking.  Heat a heavy bottomed pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. Add a tablespoon butter & a touch of oil to the pan. When the butter stops sizzling add the steak. This was about 1 1/2 inches thick, Cooked about 4 minutes on each side. Perfect medium rare. Remove to a plate, tent with foil and allow to rest 5-10 minutes. This is REALLY important. The juices will redistribute throughout the steak. If you don`t rest it as soon as you slice the juices will flow like a river out to the plate or cutting board. You don`t want this.

Perfectly seasoned, seared & rested!! So simple & so good!!

How to Season and Pan Fry a Steak

How to Season and Pan Fry a Steak

Ingredients

  • Steak- New York, Rib Eye etc
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea or Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper- Freshly Ground
  • Butter

Instructions

  1. Lightly brush with olive oil.
  2. Salt both sides generously.
  3. Pepper both sides.
  4. Let stand at least 40 minutes.
  5. Heat a heavy bottomed pan or cast iron skillet over high heat.
  6. Add a tablespoon butter & a touch of oil to the pan.
  7. When the butter stops foaming add the steak.
  8. Cook about 4 minutes per side. (medium rare)
  9. Remove to a plate, tent with foil and allow to rest 5-10 minutes.
  10. Serve & enjoy!!
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4 thoughts on “How to Season and Pan Fry a Steak

  1. Just the way I like my steak, too, in a cast iron skillet. Served the Mushroom and Sun-dried Tomato
    Bruscetta to rave reviews so my thanks go to you, Tez.

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