How to cook steak on a BBQ, grill or pan fry is not as simple as it seems. Don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise. Because any good chef would know that perfecting a BBQ is a fine art. Here are our top tips to Australia’s favourite pastime.
- Fill a small shallow bowl with olive or grapeseed oil and coat the meat both sides, then set aside on a separate plate (see this helpful article on cooking with different oils).
- Heat your BBQ or pan fry. Test the heat by flicking a dash of oil or water onto the pan to see if it sizzles.
- Place the steak one side down and season with salt and pepper. Avoid moving the steak or over-touching/ prodding it while it is being cooked, as you'll loose valuable juices.
- Cook for approximately 4-5mins (depending on thickness) for medium-rare. A good indication of it being cooked rare to medium-rare is when moisture beads appears on the upper side.
- Turn the steak over for a second time and season. Cook for a further 4-5mins and again, avoid over-touching/ prodding.
- Test for tenderness with a set of tongs by comparing the steak's firmness using the hand test:
- Thumb to forefinger: medium-rare
- Thumb to middle finger: medium
- Thumb to little finger: well-done
- Allow steak to rest for a further 4-5mins under loosely covered foil before serving. This allows juices, which are in the centre of the steak immediately after cooking to redistribute/ be reabsorbed before being consumed, making it more tender and juicy.
For a helpful and quick video tutorial, check out our YouTube video here.