I have been using my cast-iron skillet for some time with good results.

Essentially, I bring out the meat from the fridge with time so it gets at room temperature, then I heat up my pan until it smokes and then I place the meat (with some salt and pepper and a little bit of oil) and cook it so it comes out medium-rare.

My issue is the temperature of the meat. As soon as I let it rest for 5 minutes after cooked, the meat cools down and it's no longer hot. I assume, since it has only been cooked for 3 minutes per side, that explains how fast it gets cold.

Is there any solution for this? How do restaurants do to keep the meat warm when it gets to your table?

  • How long you wait for the meat to come to room temperature? And what is the room temperature? 70 F?
    – Zeynel
    Jan 6, 2014 at 1:35
  • I wait around 5 min for the meat to rest, and yes, room temp is in the 70s
    – samyb8
    Jan 6, 2014 at 2:50
  • You wait 5 min --before cooking--? I wait sometimes 2 hours for a steak that I took out from refrigerator and inside is barely at 70.
    – Zeynel
    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:11
  • @Zeynel I wait around 5 min for the meat TO REST AFTER COOKING
    – samyb8
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:43
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    I bring out the meat from the fridge with time so it gets at room temperature, How long you wait to bring it to room temperature?
    – Zeynel
    Jan 8, 2014 at 1:09

2 Answers 2


If you cook rarer you don't need as long a rest period, for rare and medium-rare you only need a minute or two. Put the steak onto a row of chopsticks or a cooling grate if you aren't using a warmed plate so the plate doesn't cool them, then put a bit curved pot lid over the top. You can use a tent of foil if you need, it's just that there's less waste if you use a lid.

If you are cooking many steaks and can't serve right away then put the cooked steak into an oven just a bit lower than the temperature you want at the center of the steak, this will keep it warm without overcooking it. Don't do it for too long though, you'll dry the steaks out.


There are a couple things you can do which will help:

  1. Tent the steak, while resting, with aluminum foil, to minimize the cooling.
  2. Warm your plates.
  3. If you feel fancy, use a plate cover or cloche to help keep the plate warm until it is presented.

However, the simple fact is that steak is thin and is going to cool off. Rapid service after it is cooked is your best friend.

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