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Thursday, May 26, 2011

No mis-steaks: the apartment dweller's guide to cooking the perfect steak

I wish I had a little outdoor space that I could grow a few fresh herbs, some veggies, sit in the sun, and grill the fuck out of some meat. As it is, I don't even have a patio. But I'm not complaining, I'm happy with my house. And as I truly believe you should do the best with what you have, I have concocted this little guide to help my fellow indoors-bound cooks make the perfect steak in three easy steps:

1. Remove the steak from its package. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. For our purposes I will use a simple marinade of salt and pepper, but you can use anything, either a rub or a soak. Use your imagination. Press salt and pepper into the meat with the back of a spoon, leave to sit at room temperature for 30 mins to 1 hour.

2. Heat your frying pan to medium high heat. Put in a tablespoon of oil, vegetable or olive. Once pan has heated fully, lay steak down to sear. Cook until desired doneness, about 4 mins each side for medium-rare on a 1 inch steak. Increase or decrease cooking time from this general measurement as required. A good brown crust on the cooked side is a good sign to flip. Flip ONLY ONCE, using tongs, not a fork. Try to touch the meat as little as possible. Use a splatter guard to prevent the meat from soaking everything with splatter in your tiny downtown kitchen.

3. When the steak is done, remove from the heat and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. This will allow the juices to settle. Serve.

Simple! And delicious. I had my latest steak with an arugula salad and mustard dressing. I like veggies with my meat. Halfway through gobbling I remembered to take a photo:

MMMMMMMM. A good steak beats all.

In completely unrelated news, guess who got a new scratching post?

Stella scratched her old, traditional, carpeted one to the point that it was unrecognizable as a scratching post; it looked like a tumbleweed. Enter this new one made of cardboard and infused with Cosmic Catnip (homegrown right here in BC). Stella barely let me take off the plastic before she began shredding the shit out of it. It keeps her paws off the furniture so I say hell yes, give 'er, Stella.


  1. Nice Jess. I've been doing it almost exactly this way for the past couple years in a nice heavy cast iron fry pan and I've had incredible results. For something a little extra special, I rub the steak with some softened butter first, then press a bit of salt and a load of cracked pepper into it. (no oil in pan) I've been eating a lot of arugula lately too! Making me hungry!

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