Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Baked Steak

I'm saying one steak here, although you can cook two at once if your pan is big enough, your steaks small enough, or if you have two pans you can get into the oven at once.

I took a leaf from my sweetie's way of cooking lamb chops, as I used to always over-cook my steaks; finally, perfectly done steak every time. It is also much less messy than cooking them under the broiler; a steak dinner was not nearly so much of a treat when I knew it would inevitably be followed by a 20 minute session of putting my head in the oven and scrubbing like hell at an awkward angle. There is also a lot less smoke. So enjoy your steak, then put your feet up and smile. The dishes can wait.

One other note; we get these as part of our beef order, so they are of course frozen. In order to get frozen steaks at their best quality, they should be slowly thawed out in the refrigerator overnight, ie for about 24 hours or even a little longer.

1 or 2 servings
20 to 25 minutes - 5 minutes prep time

Baked Steak
sea salt & black or green peppercorns
1 T-bone or porterhouse steak, about 1" thick
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Crush the salt and pepper together coarsely, and sprinkle it on both sides of the steak. Press them gently into the meat so they stick. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet (that can go into the oven, because it will) and when it is hot add the steak. Cook it for a minute or two on each side, until browned.

Cover the pan loosely with foil. Place the pan with the steak in the oven, and bake it from 8 to 15 minutes, depending on how you like your steak. Eight minutes will be fairly rare; 10 minutes medium-rare; 12 minutes medium-well; and 15 minutes well-done.

Remove the steak from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving, which allows the juices to redistribute themselves throughout the meat.

3 comments:

Peter M said...

Good, good, good...steak is back....that's a fine piece of carcass Ferdzy!

Kevin said...

Now I am craving a nice and juicy steak!

michelle @ thursday night smackdown said...

mmm, beef. that really is the best way to prepare steak indoors. drool!