Steak is a sweet, fulfilling piece of meat that has been enjoyed worldwide. Non-vegetarians can attest that few meals can beat a nice cut steak. Do you ever wonder why your home-made steaks don’t taste as good as those that are served at fancy steakhouses and grill restaurants? Well, if you’ve been thinking that good steaks require just a flash in the pan, you’ve been making a huge ‘mis-steak’. Here are some restaurant steak secrets that will reveal how the best restaurants get their steaks to taste so good:
Apparently, wine isn’t the only thing that gets better with time. While wine can take years to age, beef only requires several days to intensify its flavor and improve tenderness. Most fancy restaurants let their beef sit in well controlled conditions for sometime in order to ultimately get that sumptuous steak that everyone loves. Aging the beef is a complicated process for an average person to execute as the risk of poisoning and spoilage are high. If you can’t age your beef, be sure to check with your local beef market if you can get some.
Bringing Beef to Room Temperature
One of the things that’ll give steak an inferior taste is grilling it from cold. After removing beef from the fridge, restaurant chefs leave it for one hour before cooking so that it can come up to room temperature. Grilling the beef while still cold prevents heat from penetrating to the middle. If you don’t want to end up with uncooked steak, it’s best that you emulate the good chefs.
Another secret to great steaks lies in seasoning. Before cooking your steak, it is recommended that you rub or brush your steak on both sides with olive oil and season with kosher or sea salt, parsley, and coarse ground black pepper. If you like spices, you can add garlic powder, paprika, or chili powder to the rub.
Use of Overhead, Infrared Broilers
This is probably the main reason why restaurant steaks taste way better than home-made steaks. While you strive to achieve near perfect results with your cast iron pan, restaurants make use of overhead, infrared broilers that help chefs achieve excellent results with little effort. These broilers provide incredible temperatures that cook steaks hot and fast enough to make them perfect. If you do not have such sophisticated equipment, you can still have excellent results with your pan, barbeque or griddle. The secret is to let your apparatus to get super hot before cooking. This will help to caramelize the beef, crucial for a delicious crust.
Cooking Steak Medium-rare to Medium
Chefs at steak restaurants also know all too well that perfect steaks are those that are cooked medium-rare to medium. Cooking any more than that will leave you with a tough piece of meat. In order to get an even cook, you need to turn your steak every minute or so. For more flavor, you can rub the steak with garlic clove, and/or a knob of butter. You can also brush the steak with herbs such as thyme and rosemary. Once it’s nicely cooked, rest your steak on a plate for a few minutes and then carve with a sharp knife.
You don’t necessarily have eat perfect steak only when you visit a fancy restaurant. With the above points in mind, you can get to enjoy delicious steaks made right from your own home. Whether you like to eat your steak with homemade horseradish sauce or with good old chips, cooking restaurant-style steak will be something that you’ll always look forward to do.