Have I ever tried to cook a steak? To be honest – No, but I’m (almost positive) I’d never be able to make them as good as my husband.
Since we live in an apartment, we have to make our steaks with our stovetop. (Before you chime in and say ‘you could use a small grill in your parking lot’ – we have; however, that grill broke and we haven’t gotten a new one yet).
Let me tell you – cooking a steak (or steaks) on your stovetop is no easy task, but over the years Jon has been doing some research to find the perfect way to cook them. We think we finally have it!
Hint: Your steak has to be 1 1/2 inches to 1 3/4 inches to do the following – otherwise it might turn out dry (and you don’t want that!)
When we cook our steaks we use a beautiful cast iron pan that we bought a couple of years back. To start off, we set our oven to broil (high) and let it heat up. Once it’s all nice and toasty in the oven, we place our cast iron pan in there (after rubbing the inside of the pan with olive oil) for 20 minutes.
While your pan is in the oven, season your steak! We like to use olive oil, onion salt, and garlic salt to season our steaks, but sometimes we mix it up!
After 20 minutes, take your pan out of the oven and put it on your stovetop over high heat. Next, sear your steak (30 seconds on each side). Once seared, place your pan in the oven and let your steak cook 3 minutes on each side. Remember: Time is of the essence! You want to try to get your steak in the oven as soon as your done searing!
Then you’re done! (and in my eyes will have the perfect steak!) Of course, depending on your cut and your preferences you may want to add more or less time. Jon and I like our steaks medium. With this method they’re slightly underdone, but so juicy and good!
How do you cook your steaks when you’re not using a grill? Any tips or tricks?