How to cook the perfect steak

With summer here many of us are dusting off the patio furniture and getting outdoors for some entertaining. And whether it’s a casual lunch or an elegant dinner, a good cut of meat is a common feature.

Often a topic of contention, with many and divided opinions, is how to cook the perfect steak. At the end of the day, only a tender and juicy steak is going to impress. We met with Bryan Jimenez, Head Chef of Mosmans Restaurant to find out what he recommends.

Top tips

  1. Marinate the steak in herb oil overnight.
  2. Before cooking, leave the steak out at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook on a grill or pan on medium heat – either way it’s always best with natural gas.
  5. Rest the steaks for 3-4 minutes before plating.

Cooking times

Blue = 1 min each side
Rare = 2 min each side
Medium Rare = 3 min each side
Medium = 4 min each side
Medium Well = 6-7 min each side
Well Done = 7-8 min each side

What are your favourite accompaniments?
“Chive and truffle mash potato and seasonal greens. Plus a delicious glass of red.”


Chef Bryan’s Texan Dry Rub Marinade

Ingredients
1/4 cup Salt
2 tbsp black pepper
3 tsp onion powder
3 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp mustard powder

Method
Mix together dry ingredients.
Rub the mixture direct onto 4 sirloin steaks.
Marinade over night in the fridge.
Remove from fridge 20 minutes before grilling to your liking.


Chef Bryan’s Peppercorn Sauce

Ingredients
3 tbsp tri peppercorns
60g butter
1 shallot finely diced
100ml brandy
100ml beef stock (homemade is best!)
60ml cream

Method
Crush (not grind) the peppercorns
Melt butter over a medium heat, add peppercorns and shallots. Fry until soft.
Increase heat to high and add brandy. Bring to boil to remove alcohol.
Add the beef stock and reduce for about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat add cream and simmer until desired consistency is reached.

Serve with your favourite steak and a beer.


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