Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance

How to Prepare Steaks Ahead of Cooking

Getting a simple steak just right all comes down to the preparation.

Salting is a clever way to ensure perfectly tender steak. It also brings out incredible flavours in the meat, and only takes 20 minutes – ideal for last-minute weeknight entertaining! Here are Donna Hay's tips to cooking a succulent streak, every time.

  • You can buy rock salt, relatively inexpensively, in large bags from the supermarket.
  • First, brush the steaks all over with extra virgin olive oil. Spread a layer of rock salt evenly onto a tray and top with the steaks.
  • Sprinkle the steaks with more salt so they’re well covered. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • When ready to cook, while you’re preheating the barbecue or char-grill pan to high heat, use paper towel to help you wipe all the salt from the meat.
  • Cook the steaks, turning them every 1 minute, for around 2–3 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking.
  • Turning the steaks frequently like this helps them cook evenly, plus it caramelises the surface for added flavour and tenderness.

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