Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekend Cooking: Heston Blumenthal's Perfect Steak

Tai started a Facebook discussion with me a few weeks ago about cooking steak. I had a method and I turned out some pretty tasty steaks. Tai's been watching a lot of Gordon Ramsey lately and he posted Gordon Ramsey's steak recipe for me. He wasn't suggesting that I change my steak method but giving me another way. A friend of ours butted into our conversation with Heston Blumenthal's steak recipe. Always open to trying new things, I tried Mr Blumenthal's way:

I started with some steaks:
I didn't let these rest in the fridge for 2 days like Mr Blumenthal suggests. I took them out of the package and let them rest on the counter (covered with a paper towel for half an hour or so). I have a New York steak, a filet mignon, and a sirloin in the picture. He doesn't mention what fat to use but I used coconut oil (about 2 tbs). Our steaks had no coconut flavoring to them. I would use a fat with a high smoke point like peanut, grapeseed, or coconut.
Now here's a picture of them resting:
Turning them every 15 seconds is time consuming. Forget doing anything else. I bought a digital timer recently so after 8 or so minutes I started checking the temp. The New York was done first. The sirloin took the longest for me.
Perfectly cooked steak (for me)! The outside had some crunch to it and the inside was delicious and juicy.
If you don't follow Mr Blumenthal's method, at least let your steak rest properly. In the video he shows why you should let your steak rest for at least 5 minutes prior to cutting. Letting the steak rest is one way to improve your home cooked steak.

How do you like your steak?

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  1. I will be better about resting it having read this. Cheers

  2. I'm making ribeyes tonight. And resting is very important!

  3. My husband does something similar on the grill and the steaks are always perfect. Starting with room temperature steaks is a key.

  4. Those look great. But did it make a mess? I am always reluctant to cook a steak on the stove top. We always grill ours.

    Rose City Reader

  5. He turns the steak every 15 seconds??? Sounds crazy but the end results looks like they're worth it!


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