How to Cook the Perfect Steak at Home
There's something truly special about a classic steakhouse dinner. The show-stopping steak, the myriad of crowd-pleasing sides, and a good bottle of red always come together to form a harmonious symphony of a meal.
While this steakhouse experience comes with a pretty high price tag at a restaurant, the whole kit and caboodle can easily be recreated at home for a fraction of the price.
To cook the perfect steak at home that's worthy of the best steakhouses is actually a lot easier than you might think. All you need is a quality steak and Cozymeal’s simple step-by-step method to ensure a perfectly pan seared steak with a gorgeous crust, juicy center, and a tender buttery flavor every single time.
Watch our video below on how to cook the perfect steak and then scroll down for a step-by-step guide and easy pan sauce recipe video to pair with your steak.
Following these easy steps below will ensure a perfectly pan seared steak every time.
How to Cook the Perfect Steak at Home
1. Buy a Great Steak
The first and most important step in cooking a great steak is to buy a great steak. Mosey on down to the local butcher or find a store that sources organic and grass fed meat. Besides being a more ethical choice, this meat is usually of better quality and tastes significantly better. When cooking steak in a pan, the best cuts are boneless and at least an inch thick. Think New York strip or a boneless rib eye. Bottom line: buy the best steak you can. No matter how expensive it is, it will still be cheaper than eating out.
2. It’s All in the Prep
There are three simple steps you must take before cooking steak in a pan. First things first, take it out of the fridge ahead of time to “take the chill off” your steak. Secondly, pat it dry with paper towels. This helps the seasonings stick and also creates a nice dry surface (the secret to that beautiful crust). Finally, be sure to season your steak generously on every single side. These three steps will take you a mere 30 minutes, which leaves just enough time to gather your other ingredients, pour yourself a glass of wine, and preheat your pan.
3. Cook in a Smoking Hot Pan
The key to a successful sear is to start with a fiery hot pan. So now that it’s time to get cooking, heave out your heaviest pan (preferably cast iron) and place over high heat. Let it get hot enough that it smokes a little before adding the steak to the pan. The science of searing isn't about keeping moisture in—it's about creating a crisp crust on the outside that adds a ton of flavor to the finished pan seared steak. Cook three minutes per side to create a thin and even crust. And don’t forget the edges!
4. Make a Pan Sauce
You did it! Now your perfectly cooked steak is waiting to be carved. But as you glance at the empty pan speckled with luxe, browned bits of steak, it seems like a true tragedy to waste any of that wonderful mess. Fear not, because you can turn those tasty tidbits into a sultry pan sauce to drizzle over the top of your steak with a little broth, red wine, a splash of balsamic vinegar, and a pat of butter.
Watch our video on how easy it is to make a pan sauce for steak below, along with the recipe:
Voila! Dinner is served.
Once you've mastered this basic technique for cooking the perfect steak at home and fashioning the perfect pan sauce to pour over your chef-d'oeuvre, you can start to play around with different ingredients and try your hand at some other sauces!
Here are some ideas brought to you by the incredibly talented Cozymeal chefs to get your creative juices flowing:
Homemade Steak Sauce in Manhattan at Chef Greg’s Steakhouse Cooking
Cajun Spiced NY Strip Steak in Washington, D.C. at Chef Chericia’s Modern Steak Dinner
Chimichurri in Chicago at Chef Andy’s Argentinian Steak Night
Steak au Poivre in Las Vegas at Chef Deborah’s Paris: The Classics
Steak and Vegetables in San Francisco at Chef Shelby’s In-house Steakhouse