Getting the Perfect Sear on Your Steak

A perfectly cooked steak is a treat for all the senses. The crisp caramelization of the crust will draw you in as the alluring aroma of the lightly seasoned meat fills the air. When you cut into the steak and take that first bite, you might notice your mouth begin to water as you experience the contrast between the warm, juicy, still-pink center—with just a touch of red—and the crisp, brown crust. By now, you may have worked up an appetite just thinking about it, so let’s talk about how you can achieve this beauty right in your own kitchen.

Preheat Your Cooking Surface

Searing requires heat—and lots of it. When you sear meat, you need to start with a blazing hot grill or pan; otherwise, you will not see the reaction you want on the surface of the meat. For a perfect all-around sear, opt for a cast iron pan on the stove. Of course, you can’t go wrong with an outdoor grill if you want those distinctive grill lines and that extra smoky flavor.

Let Your Meat Come to Room Temperature Before Cooking

Because you are exposing the meat to extremely high temperatures as soon as it gets in the pan, you should let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. This will prevent curling when the meat hits the pan, which would otherwise cause you to get an uneven sear.

Don’t Salt Your Meat Until It’s Ready to Hit the Pan

Of course, you’ll want to season your steak, but the timing can make a huge difference. Salt should be reserved until the last second, since salt draws moisture out of the meat.

Don’t Shy Away from Fat

If you are cooking in a cast iron pan, do not hesitate to use fat to grease the pan. Butter lends a delicious flavor, but it has a low smoke point, so it’s best mixed with some coconut oil or another type of oil with a higher smoke point.

Another critical component of searing a perfect steak is selecting the right cut of meat. Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co carries the finest locally sourced beef as well as a wide range of meats, sausages, and seafood to cater to your inner carnivore. To learn more about their wholesale and retail meat selections in Steamboat Springs, CO, call (970) 879-3504.