How to Cook the Perfect Steak

How do you like your steak? We recently surveyed 2,000 Brits on what makes the perfect dinner party, and a whopping 43% said that steak is the best main course if you’re aiming to impress!

Keep reading for our handy tips to help you prepare a great steak. We’d love to know any of your favourite cooking hints and tricks! Send them to us on Facebook or on Twitter.

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1. Know which cut of beef you’re looking for. Does your dish require a skirt, flank, or a rump…? Try this guide from ShortList or ask your butcher to help find the perfect cut for you. Sirloin is a great cut for steaks.

2. Let the meat come to room temperature before cooking.

3. Prepare a tasty herb butter to accompany your steak. It looks impressive, but takes no time at all! Mix room temperature, good-quality butter with any ingredients you might like such as spices, herbs, even honey. Dollop the mixture in the middle of a sheet of greaseproof paper and roll the butter until you have an evenly-sized log, then twist the ends of the paper to secure the butter inside. Refrigerate, and then serve just before it’s needed.

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4. Brush your steaks with your oil of choice before serving.

5. Ask your guests how they’d like their steaks cooked. To cook a cut of meat that’s around 2cm thick, follow these guidelines…

Blue: 1 minute each side
Rare: 1.5 minutes each side
Medium-rare: 2 minutes each side
Medium: 2.25 minutes each side
Well done: 4 minutes each side

These times will vary slightly depending on the heat of your pan and the thickness of your steak.

6. Or, you can try this handy tip to judge how well-done your steak is by touch:


7. Let your steak rest after cooking. This is an important step that many people miss, many because they’re worried the steak will cool too much before serving. If you’re working in a warm kitchen, this won’t be the case! Resting allows moisture to re-spread through the meat, making for a juicier cut.