The key to cooking high quality beefsteaks of average thickness (approx 3cm /1 inch thick) such as aged rib eye (scotch fillet), sirloin (New York cut), or tenderloin (fillet) steaks, is to sear the meat quickly and rest it well before serving.
1. Brush both sides of the meat with a little vegetable oil and sear it quickly on a preheated, hot plate (griddle) or grill on medium to high for 2-3 minutes each side. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the meat and the degree of doneness required. Searing caramelises the surface for added flavour. Turn steaks when meat juices start to appear on the surface.
2. For a rare steak, remove after sealing and rest. For medium rare to medium, complete cooking by further resting the meat for a longer time (about 2 to 3 minutes) on a cooler part of the barbecue plate or grill, until it has reached the internal degree of doneness.
3. Avoid turning and handling the steaks too many times when searing and cooking. Brush with limited oil, marinade, or baste during cooking. Sprinkle it with a little salt and freshly ground pepper just after searing (if desired).
4. Rest meat in a warm place, loosely covered with foil. Resting prevents excessive muscle shrinkage (tightness) and moisture loss. It allows the meat fibres to relax, prevents dryness and results in a succulent steak with hot, evenly distributed pink juices for maximum tenderness. 5 For thicker steaks (more than 4 cm/1½ inches), it is sometimes possible to complete the cooking by resting them on a warm barbecue with the hood down.
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