6 secrets for sizzling steaks

March 10, 2010 5:22:09 PM PST
Chef Mark Stark shares six secrets to make your steak sizzle like a pro!6 secrets to make your steak sizzle like a professional chef

1. THE RIGHT CUT
  • "Good Grades" aren't just for students. Seek out choice and prime.
  • "Size Matters" A good steak should be at least 1.5 to 2" thick.
  • One of Mark's favorites is the New York, bone in--of course.
2. PICK THE PROPER PAN Grill or cast iron skillet, the heavier the better.

3. SEASON IT UP A great piece of meat needs nothing more than salt, pepper, and a third ingredient that may surprise you.

4. "THE 3 T'S," Time, Temperature and Touch
  • Chef's trick #1: "The 3-second rule" to tell if your pan is hot enough. Hold your hand 6" above heat source. If you can hold it there longer than 3 seconds, it needs to be hotter. If you're cowardly, instead of using your hand, you can place a drop of water in the pan. It should evaporate within 3 seconds.

  • Chef's trick #2: Baste with butter (the surprise ingredient)

  • Chef's trick #3: Finish in hot oven preheated to 500 degrees until steak reaches desired degree of doneness by touch test. Start checking after 5 minutes.

  • Chef's trick #4: The touch test.
A great explanation (with photos!) of the touch test from Simply Recipes

5. GIVE IT A REST Meat must be allowed to rest before slicing, 5 to 10 minutes depending upon the size of the steak.

6. SLICING SAVVY Use a sharp, non-serrated knife and always cut across the grain.

Bonus: Everything tastes better when you enjoy it with people you like.

For more information on Stark restaurants, visit www.starkrestaurants.com


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