Picking the perfect steak starts with the eye test: high quality meat should have good color like deep red (it should never appear brown). The surface should be moist and, depending on the cut, firm to the touch. Next, check the marbling (those tiny white lines that criss-cross the meat). The more white lines, the more marbling and flavor the steak has.
The most popular cuts are filet mignon, New York strip, ribeye, top sirloin, T-bone, and porterhouse.
Start with a reputable purveyor or butcher shop that specializes in steak and beef. Talk with the owner and ask where they get their beef. Is it grass-fed? Is it grain-finished? Most importantly, do they guarantee their steaks with a 100% money-back satisfaction?
When cooking a great steak, simplicity is usually best. High-end steakhouses like to use lots of salt and pepper for seasoning, and we couldn’t agree more!
The sky is the limit! You could top with a tablespoon of compound butter, dried herbs, blue cheese crumbles, sauteed mushrooms, or even lobster!
With over 100 years of steak experience, we've mastered the art of cooking steak, and you can too! The perfect steak doneness is a matter of opinion and can vary from person to person. Here are the different levels of steak doneness so you can have the perfect steak.
To test for doneness, insert a meat thermometer through the side of the thickest part of the steak to make sure your steak is at your level of preferred doneness. Remember to let your steak rest for 3-5 minutes.
Check out our blog, Steak Doneness Guide & Temperature Charts, to learn more about steak doneness.
Several factors affect steak cooking time, such as thickness, cooking method, and desired steak doneness. To cook steak for the correct length of time, here's some general guidelines:
There are several other ways to cook a mouthwatering steak, each offering unique flavors and textures: