Sometimes a girl needs a steak.  I’m down with the vegan stuff, and actually went years without touching red meat.  But there came a time, due to changing tastes and some health issues, when I was ready to embrace my omnivorous nature and bring some meat back into my life.

Honestly, part of the reason why I didn’t eat much red meat after leaving my parents’ house is that I was super intimidated by the thought of cooking it.  Which is ridiculous, because my dad finally taught me how to cook a steak the other night and it was basically the easiest dinner I’ve ever made.  So if you’re having one of those steak-y days… just go for it.

Buy this stuff!

New York Strip Steaks


Salt and Pepper

You don’t want to cook steaks when they’re super cold, or they’ll end up over cooked on the outside and not done on the inside.  So for best results, let your meat sit out on the counter for awhile until it starts to reach room temp.

Salt and pepper one side of each steak, and kind of press it into the meat so it sticks.  Now wash your hands with soap and water.  Always wash after you touch the raw meat or you’ll spread cooties to everything else you touch and will end up getting sick.

Melt about 1/4 stick of butter (or more… you can’t have too much) in a big frying pan over medium high heat.

Once it starts to turn a little golden, place your steaks, seasoned side down, in the pan.

Now salt and pepper the other side of the steaks.

Cooking steaks is pretty intuitive.  Roughly 5 or 6 minutes on each side should be good.  Some indicators that it’s time to flip them over are that the juice kind of rises to the surface and the lower edges start to darken.  When you feel the time is right, flip those bad boys over.

The internal temperatures (roughly) for steaks are as follows:

Medium Rare: 125 degrees

Medium: 135 degrees

Medium Well: 145 degrees

So if you’re a little paranoid, like I am, just stick your thermometer in one and if it’s between 130 and 150 you’re safe.

But, like I said, cooking meat is pretty intuitive.  A rule I learned from my dad is to make a loose fist with your hand, then poke that soft, meaty spot between your thumb and index finger knuckles.

That’s the same amount of squishiness your steak should feel like when it’s cooked medium rare.  Cool huh? So poke your meat while it cooks until you’re satisfied with its squishiness.

You want to let your steaks sit for a couple minutes before serving them, so take them out of the hot pan and leave them on a plate for a little bit.

And as long as we’re talking about meat today, try serving with bacon mashed potatoes.  Yum.

Published in: on April 3, 2010 at 11:53 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. mMmmMmMmMmmmmm….. glad to see you embracing your carnivorous side!

    • Kenny-san! Let me cook you a steak, you big man! xoxo!

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