I have some frozen steaks I want to cook rather quickly. I want to follow this method: this question but I am not sure how to season it. How do I apply seasoning to a steak without defrosting it?

  • Is your question about what to season it with (I vote salt and pepper) or WHEN to season it? – moscafj Apr 7 '15 at 23:25
  • Both really. More of what to season it with. – masfenix Apr 7 '15 at 23:26
  • Actually, this question borders on "off topic" for two reasons: It might be seen as a recipe request or is too broad. There are loads of options what you could put on a steak and it depends a lot on personal taste. – Stephie Apr 8 '15 at 6:31
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    Hi masfenix, it is indeed offtopic to ask what to season it with. You can use any herb, spice, condiment or flavor extract you can come up with, and none is more "correct" than the other. But the question of how to get the seasoning to stick to a frozen steak is a reasonable one. So instead of closing, I removed the part which asked for flavor recommendation and edited to ask about the method only. – rumtscho Apr 8 '15 at 10:04

I'm not sure how much it matters, other than the fact that it is difficult for seasoning to stick to a frozen steak. I would season with salt and pepper (or whatever spice blend you prefer) after the sear and before the oven step...but you could also season at the end of the cook. If it is a good steak, keep the seasoning simple.


The technique to get the seasoning to stick if frozen solid is one of the following two:

1) preferred...let it thaw enough for the outer layer to be wet rather than solid ice. This will also improve cooking as well.

2) if you can't do #1, the spread olive oil or other oil of your choice all over the meat. The seasoning will stick to that.

  • Wet steak means poor searing. You want a dry surface or you'll end up steaming the outside of the steak. – Joe Apr 8 '15 at 20:55
  • Dude I meant not frozen solid, I think that was pretty clear. – Escoce Apr 8 '15 at 21:16
  • "let it thaw enough for the outer layer to be wet". Empasis added. – Joe Apr 8 '15 at 21:29
  • Right as in not frozen emphasis on the not – Escoce Apr 8 '15 at 23:42

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