Questions about beef steaks: New York strip, sirloin, rib-eye, filet, etc.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

79
votes
25answers
17k views

How do you properly cook a steak?

I love steaks so much, that I would like to get a green card and live in the States just to enjoy good steaks whenever I want. When I try to cook a steak at home (I live in Italy), it always turns ...
28
votes
6answers
36k views

How long do you let a steak from the fridge come up to temperature, and when do you salt it?

Before cooking a steak, you're supposed to let it sit out at room temperature. You're also supposed to salt it. What is the proper timing for these steps? How long do you let the steak come up to ...
26
votes
4answers
5k views

Is it safe to eat a cooked steak that (briefly) touched the plate that was holding the raw meat?

So I just finished preparing a perfect-looking steak, and as per usual, my apartment's hypersensitive smoke detector decided to go off. Not wanting to put the steak back into the pan, in one ...
25
votes
10answers
25k views

How do you cook a steak like those found in fine steakhouses?

I went to a 5* restaurant once, the steak was unbelievable. You could cut it with a butter knife, it was fat and juicy, pink in the middle, great stuff. When I cook it at home, I seem to just slice ...
24
votes
8answers
7k views

Is a steak OK to eat if it fell down, but I cooked it afterwards?

If I am cooking steaks at a grill and one of them accidentally falls down on the floor/ground, is it safe for me to wipe it and cook it for a certain amount of time (till it is pretty well done) and ...
20
votes
10answers
9k views

How do you cook grass-fed beef so it is not tough?

I recently went to a farmers market and bought some grass-fed beef. I went with what we normally buy, and got a couple of bone-in thick cut ribeye. I typically prepare this by liberally applying ...
18
votes
5answers
21k views

How safe is steak tartare?

How safe is steak tartare? What can I do when preparing it make sure it is safe to eat?
16
votes
9answers
3k views

Why did my attempt at pan-searing beef filets fail miserably?

Background: I am very much an amateur cook; I would consider myself a novice at best, so pardon my ignorance! I decided to try to cook a nice dinner for my family recently. Part of that dinner ...
16
votes
7answers
15k views

Rinse the salt off a steak before cooking?

I've been trying to perfect my technique for cooking a steak indoors. It was recommended to salt the steak about 30 minutes before cooking. I used kosher salt, and cooked the steak on cast iron. ...
16
votes
9answers
156k views

How long is it safe to marinate meat?

I started marinating some almost-thawed chicken and skirt steak in the refrigerator on Monday. It's Saturday, and I still haven't gotten around to cooking the meat. Is the meat still safe to cook ...
13
votes
15answers
71k views

What oil to use when cooking steak, and what difference does it make?

When cooking steak, I have always been told groundnut oil is the best to use. But what difference does it make? Is it the best? And if it is the best, what's the next best?
13
votes
5answers
12k views

How should I store steaks in the freezer?

What's the best method for storing steaks in the freezer? How should I wrap them? Should they be stored individually?
13
votes
2answers
730 views

Properties of a good steak?

I'm talking about what makes a good piece of meat for a steak. not how to cook it. What type of cut? Thickness? dry aged? to marinate or not? seasoning? I've always been partial to a Ribeye (high ...
12
votes
2answers
5k views

How do you prepare a steak to be rare and very rare (blue)?

I really enjoy steak, and the lowest I've gone is medium rare in terms of how it's prepared. My questions are: How do you prepare a steak to be rare? How do you prepare a steak to be very rare ...
11
votes
3answers
31k views

Food safety concerns regarding cooked steak stored in the fridge

I'm thinking of cooking some steak and storing it for later use in a cold salad. If I cook it to medium rare and cut it into strips and store it in the firdge, will it be safe to eat later? I know any ...
11
votes
1answer
985 views

What is the difference between various cuts of steak?

I'm sure each has their own differences in texture (and cost) but don't really know exactly what they are or what they are best used for. I like bone in ribeyes so I haven't bothered to try ...
10
votes
5answers
1k views

Cooking steak on the grill

First and foremost, I am a member of a few other Stack Exchange sites, and I haven't been this excited about one for a while. I'm basically a nerd that's trying to get into cooking, and I couldn't be ...
10
votes
9answers
31k views

Is there a difference between Kansas City strip and New York strip?

Wikipedia gives the impression that Kansas City strip refers to the same cut as New York strip. Are they really the same cuts? If so, which name is more "authentic"? And if not, what's the difference ...
10
votes
6answers
72k views

How long can I leave an uncooked steak out?

This is similar to This Question, but hopefully different enough. I have 3 porterhouse steaks sitting in my refrigerator that I need to cook up tonight. I've been told leaving them out for an hour ...
8
votes
7answers
3k views

How do I deal with silverskin in a steak without trimming away all the fat?

Below is an image of a steak I cooked the other night. It is a grass-fed New York Strip steak, I used medium-high heat in a cast-iron pan, seasoned with only salt and pepper and cooked for 3 minutes ...
8
votes
5answers
5k views

What does it mean to 'salt' a steak prior to frying?

I see some references on this site to 'salting' a steak before frying it. What does this mean? Should I coat the steak in salt? I can imagine that would result in a very salty steak!
8
votes
1answer
48k views

What kind of steak to use for fajitas?

Following Steven Raichlen's recipe, we used skirt steak to make fajitas on Sunday. I found the meat particularly chewy/tough and rather unpleasant overall. What can we do to improve the experience?
8
votes
2answers
270 views

Does chopping steak negate the benefit of using better meat?

A sub shop I liked to go to in college offered two kinds of cheesesteak: the "'regular' cheese steak sub" and the "Filet Mignon steak sub." The only difference between the two was the cut of meat ...
7
votes
3answers
410 views

A steak story: dry crust

I followed all of the tips. Prime sirloin, taken out an hour before cooking. Salted thoroughly 30 minutes prior. Patted dry with paper towels. Thrown on a high (650) degree grill for two minutes ...
7
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the purpose of dry aging a steak?

I picked up some Porterhouse steaks this weekend and intend to cook them up steakhouse style, dry-aged and broiled(US) under high heat. What does dry-aging do to the steaks, and why is this one of the ...
7
votes
2answers
6k views

How to cut beef tenderloin into Filet Mignon

I bought a chunk of tenderloin and made several Filet Mignon out of it. I had a hard time cutting the filet into parallel shape with relatively smooth surface, like those we found in fine restaurant. ...
6
votes
4answers
5k views

Kosher salt vs. Table salt for rib eye steak

I don't have any Kosher salt on hand and I'm cooking a rib eye steak tonight. Can I just use table salt, or would that drastically effect the taste of the steak? Why is Kosher salt better to use?
6
votes
1answer
624 views

How to remove individual steaks from a lump I mistakenly froze together?

I got a vacuum sealer and stored about 7 pieces of steak in 1 bag. I put it in the freezer and just now I decided to take out a couple of steaks to thaw out so I cut open the bag but all the steaks ...
6
votes
8answers
5k views

What are other techniques are used to tenderize steaks apart from using a meat mallet?

I'm familiar with using a meat mallet to tenderize steaks, but I'm curious what other techniques or methods there may be to achieve the same or similar results.
6
votes
6answers
13k views

Is it possible to steam steak?

Steaming seems like an ideal cooking method; I've seen it used for mostly vegetables, sometimes fish (salmon). Is it possible to steam a steak? Does it cook well? (I assume the target is medium ...
5
votes
9answers
8k views

Sous vide without plastic bags?

I really like the idea of cooking steak using sous vide. However, I am very wary of heating food up together with plastic, and then eating the food, as I believe that at high temperatures, chemicals ...
5
votes
2answers
684 views

How can I evenly grill a thin steak on a skillet?

When I fry a thin (1/4") beef steak on a skillet/pan (iron, but not cast iron), I face the following problem: The steak bends, becoming slightly irregular-dome-shaped Because of that, the parts of ...
5
votes
1answer
590 views

What makes a moist steak (or roast)?

When cooking steak on my grill it seems that even at a steady temp of 350 Degrees F and for 20 minutes the steak seems to change in the way of texture. I get my meat from the same Hanaford and I ...
5
votes
2answers
8k views

My Shrink Wrapped Steaks are Brown when I thaw them!

My parents bought a slab of steaks from my cousin who personally shrink-wrapped them. But when they thawed them out they were brown! Are they still good to eat? What's going on? My dad didn't cook ...
5
votes
3answers
7k views

What sauce / spices can make a tofu steak taste like a beef steak

I had an unbelievably good tofu steak in a restaurant in Tokyo many years ago. I have never been able to reproduce it. It tasted uncannily like a beef steak. What sauce / spices could I use to ...
5
votes
1answer
503 views

What's a good choice of steak to use for a steak pizza?

I'm planning to cut into small cubes and place raw on the pizza before putting it into the oven. I wondering what cut of steak would be good for this purpose.
5
votes
3answers
120 views

Pan reutilization techniques

How to achieve a constant browning and even cooking when you have a bunch of steaks that do not fit on the pan? What happens to me is that usually the first batch gets not brown enough, and the ...
5
votes
1answer
683 views

How does the USDA grading system work?

I understand it has to do with the marbling of the meat. Does the grading system apply to the entire cow, as in any cut from this cow is considered prime/choice/select? Or is it done by the portion ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Pre-Cooking Steak in a bag, Any suggestions?

I tried something on the weekend, and it seemed to work well, so I thought I'd ask for comments. We'd planned to make steak for dinner, and it happened to come in a vacuum-packet plastic. So before ...
5
votes
4answers
279 views

Should you wait certain amount of time after steak reaches 170 degrees internal temperature

I was wondering if the steak reaches internal temperature of 170 degrees (for well done) is it done at that instant or should you still wait a certain amount of time after the thickest part has ...
4
votes
7answers
2k views

Would a cream based sauce go well with steaks?

I've reached a point where I am very comfortable with a nice red wine/shallot reduction as a pan sauce for my strip roasts/steaks. I think I remember have a meal once where they served sliced ...
4
votes
4answers
3k views

Is wagyu beef suitable for amateur cooking

I love steak and I've recently had wagyu beef at a local restaurant and it was delicious and unlike any other steak I've tasted. I noticed that a local supplier sells wagyu beef and it's close to ...
4
votes
5answers
16k views

How to pan sear a thin steak?

I'm doing something really simple right now, sprinkling pepper over one side of a half-inch thick steak and throwing it in a pan of butter. But by the time it's cooked through (I want medium rare), ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Why do you marinade steak with onions?

Most recipes call for onions when marinading steak, but...why?
4
votes
3answers
13k views

I ate undercooked steak, what can happen to me?

What are the risks of eating undercooked steak? I tried to cooked medium rare steak for the first time and I did not know about the palm trick to see it the meat is ready. I ate a bite and it was ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Is lots of red juice normal when making sous-vide steak?

So I made a 1lb hanger steak via sous-vide the other day and cooked it for 45 minutes at 130F. After I seared in a cast iron pan, I took the meat off of the pan and let it sit for a few minutes and ...
4
votes
1answer
300 views

When cooking steak should the fat inside be cooked?

I think that I've undercooked my steak... There are little lumps of fat inside the steak. Should these be melted into the steak? Or is it OK if it's still white? I use cast iron pan on a regular ...
4
votes
2answers
312 views

What are things to look for when choosing a raw cut of Steak?

I'm guessing that when chefs go to the meat market early in the mornings to choose the best cuts of beef, they are doing it for a reason - what do they look for when judging raw beef that they will ...
4
votes
2answers
602 views

Can I use extra virgin olive oil for cooking steak?

According to this: What oil or fat to use for different purposes? For general pan cooking: olive oil (any kind), butter.. I see video from youtube such as How to Cook Steak by Jamie Oliver, he also ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to deal with flare up when broiling a steak?

I was broiling a steak (with the fat on, and I had also lightly coated it with olive oil). After I had turned it over, about the 2nd minute (before it was done) there was a huge pop and a small flame ...