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I just cooked a steak following Gordon ramsey's "perfect steak" method found on youtube, I flipped the steak every minute about 4-5 times on medium-medium high heat, but I couldn't get the internal temperature to go higher than 120 degrees F and I've always had this problem regardless of how I cook the meat.

I'm including a picture of a cut from about the thicker part of the steak, it seems like it's medium-rare to me but again it only went to 120 degrees according to my thermometer which is a metal rod type thermometer.

I should note, I let the steak sit out for about an hour before cooking so it could reach room temperature, after that I put it in a zip-lock bag and let it sit under hot water for a minute or two hoping to further increase the temperature so it would cook quicker, also room temperature in my house is about 70 degrees or so.

I don't know what else to do, I don't want to eat completely brown steak, I did eat this steak despite the thermometer saying the internal temp only hit 120 and it was great, but nobody in my house but me would eat it like that. So any suggestions would be great.


  • I would first ask: is your thermometer correct? Calibrate it in ice water and boiling water.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 17:11
  • I'll go test it in boiling water and report back.
    – Kenny
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 17:13
  • Tested it in boiling water, the temp didn't quite hit the "boiling point" mark on the dial but it was only off by maybe 4 degrees or so.
    – Kenny
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 17:26
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    I'm curious why others in the house wouldn't eat that steak. Did they think it was over- or under-cooked? Commented May 20, 2013 at 17:51
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    Says I need 20 rep.
    – Kenny
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 18:17

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There's a few things that could be going on here:

  • cut: not all steak cooks at the same rate. Really tender cuts cook faster than some of the tougher, more flavorful cuts, increasing cooking time by up to 50%. Cuts like tenderloin, filet, and loin (US) - Sirloin (UK) are more tender and cook faster. Denser cuts like sirloin, top sirloin, and bottom sirloin (US) and rump (UK) cook slower. If you are cooking a denser cut then you simply need to cook it longer.
  • Pan heat: Most chefs have really good stoves that produce load of heat, most mere mortals have average stoves which aren't as powerful. Medium heat on a professional, or very high quality stove is hotter than the medium heat on an average stove, so try cranking it up to full blast. Also, make sure your pan is fully up to temp. I cook my steaks on a cast iron skillet, and I let it heat up for 10 minutes before I start frying steak
  • Heat contact: even though steak is full of fat it takes some time for this to start working, so coating your steak with a bit of vegetable oil (not olive oil, it burns at high temperatures) will make sure it gets good heat contact

So my advice would be to get the pan hotter and cook it longer. Try adding one more minute per side.

EDIT: @kenny says that he is cooking loin, so assuming it's 3/4", or 2cm thick and looking for medium done-ness I would cook the first side for 5 minutes and then the second side 3 minutes. The uneven times are to make sure it cooks evenly. So you need a total of 8 minutes cooking time. I don't do the flip every minute method because the uneven times work for me, and it lets me do other prep.

  • Alright, well I'm cooking the other two steaks this evening, I just did this one this morning for a practice run. I'll try just cooking them on high heat. I was under the impression though that if you want the inside cooked more thoroughly you should cook on lower heat otherwise the outside burns before the inside reaches temperature?
    – Kenny
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 18:31
  • There are many factors, you have how much heat your stove produces, how well the pan conducts it, and how thick your steak is. Your steak doesn't look that thick, if the heat isn't high enough you won't get much browning on the outside. For thick steaks I keep it lower for the reasons you stated.
    – GdD
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 18:33
  • Say @Kenny, what cut are you using, and how thick?
    – GdD
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 18:34
  • I believe it's loin, it was very tender also.
    – Kenny
    Commented May 20, 2013 at 18:35

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