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The Perfect Steak

Credit: Photo by Kirsty Redden

A well cooked steak is a beautiful thing, here are a few fool proof tricks and tips to help you achieve a perfect steak at home

Steak of your choice I love bistro, sirloin or rump steak for this recipe we will work with a sirloin steak cooking it to medium – this what you will need

Sea salt

Cracked black pepper

Drizzle of olive oil

Knob of butter

Sprig of thyme or rosemary


Make sure your meat is out of the fridge and getting up to room temperature this will take about an hour, put it on a plate and Pat it with kitchen roll to make sure it is completely dry leave it to acclimatise

when you are ready to cook the steak use a cast iron pan if possible and get it extremely hot as hot as you possibly can

rub your steak with a little olive oil and then sprinkle your steak liberally with sea salt and cracked black pepper don’t skimp on this as this is your one chance to get flavour into the meat

put your steaks in the cast iron pan and firmly press them down

The steak will take around 4 minutes for a medium cook when it is ready to be released you will be able to lift it if you can’t lift it, it is not ready

turn your steak over and put in your knob of butter and your thyme or Rosemary tip the pan to one side gently still allowing the heat to sear the steak and baste the steak with the butter

when you have had 4 minutes on the second side take the steak out of the pan and put on a plate  put the herbs on top and cover with foil leave the steak to rest for at least 5 minutes

The best way to check how your steak is cooked is to use an internal thermometer but as a general rule of thumb.

rare 2 mins per side 54c

medium rare 3 min per side 57c

medium 4 mins per side 63c

medium well done 5 mins 68c

well done 6mins  71c or above

Now enjoy!

This recipe is from Kirsty Redden who is a food blogger and home cook her recipes can be found on Instagram, facebook & twitter as Lovetocook4ppl.