If you usually cook juicy, well-marinated steaks on the barbecue grill in the summertime, it can be difficult to switch to the stove during colder weather. Cooking a steak on the stove requires a bit more patience, but it can still produce some delicious results. Here are a few smart tips for preparing steak on the stovetop:
- Choose the right cut. Set yourself up for tasty results by purchasing a slightly more expensive cut to ensure the best outcome.
- Don’t cook the steak cold. Never take the steak straight from the refrigerator to the pan. Instead, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
- Use high heat. To produce a juicy, warm center and caramelized crust, be sure to cook the steak on high heat on a skillet coated with vegetable oil to prevent sticking.
- Coat the steak with oil as well. While high heat helps to cook the steak properly, coating it with a liberal layer of oil will help to conduct the heat from the pan straight to the meat with no down time.
- Baste while cooking. Even if you’ve already marinated your steak, adding a simple baste right before it’s done will bring out even more flavor. Simply add a spoonful of butter or a dash of Worcestershire sauce right before the steak is done, and spread it all over in a basting motion while it cooks.