National Beef Association
For everyone with an interest in the British beef industry

How To Cook A Steak!

How To Cook A Steak!


A tall order folks!

You have bought a beef steak from a great local butcher the meat is dark burgundy colour, the fat flecks are running through the steak and the fat has a creamy colour.

Allow your steak to come to room temperature before cooking.

Season your room temperature steak with sea salt flakes and freshly cracked pepper at the last moment before cooking.

Place into a hot pan with the oil of your choice I would use Yorkshire rapeseed oil as a preference.

Seal on one side until golden brown and a caramelised colour is on the steak

Turnover and repeat

Depending how well done you want the steak you will generally need 2 mins each side for medium but this depends on the thickness of the steak but using an average steak this will work - remember when you see droplets of blood forming on the top of the overturned steak you will have your meat Medium rare to medium.

Remove the steak and allow time for it to rest, at least 3-5 mins, keeping it warm before eating - this is important!

If you want the steak piping hot spoon melted foaming butter over the steak - drain on a clean cloth before serving

Here is where you can add another sprinkle of sea salt flakes if you like.

Keep those resting steak juices for your sauce they will add a fantastic flavour!

Serve with your favourite accompaniments - enjoy

Top tips to cook the perfect steak:

  • Always buy your meat from a reputable butcher
  • Look for good marbling of flecks of fat in the meat
  • Take you meat out of the fridge at least an hour before cooking so it can reach room temperature
  • Season your steak out of the pan on a tray so it does not add any excess seasoning
  • Always sear your steaks in a hot pan
  • Always allow your steak to rest before serving