How to cook steaks to perfection.
Very Rare Steak
For a very rare steak, cook the meat for 2-3 minutes, until just seared on both sides. The steak should feel very soft when pressed and the interior should be reddish purple when the meat is sliced.
To cook a rare steak, look for the point where drop of blood come to the surface, then turn the steak over and cook for a total of 6-9 minute. It should feel soft and spongy and the interior should be red.
Medium Rare Steak
For a medium-rare steak, cook for a total of 8-10 minutes, but turn the meat when drops of juice are first visible. The steak should offer resistance when pressed and be pink in the middle.
Well Done Steak
A well done steak needs to be cooked for 12-14 minutes in total. Turn the meat when drops of juice are clearly visible. The steak should feel firm and be uniformly brown throughout.
This ‘How To’ is from The MasterChef Kitchen Bible courtesy of DK Publishing.