Oh hello there! I am writing this blog at the airport waiting for the redeye flight to Ontario to visit family for the week! We haven’t been there in ages so this trip is long overdue. Oh! And guess what?! My mom is going to be there as well! She still lives in New Brunswick so it’s been EVEN LONGER since I have seen her….going on about 5 years now. I am BEYOND excited to get some quality time with my family. I don’t get to see them nearly enough.
This week I decided I needed to satisfy my inner carnivore. Are you ready for it? I’m not sure that you are….but here it goes….THE PERFECT STEAK.
I know that’s a pretty bold statement but it’s totally true….I make the BEST steak…ask anyone who has tried it. A steak dinner is probably one of my all time favorite meals.
When I make steak at home, I go with a NY Strip; at a restaurant I go with tenderloin.
I grew up eating WELL WELL done steak…you know the shoe leather type? (blasphemy for many I know) but have slowly made my way down to medium.
Ok so I have outlined what you need to do in order to make the perfect steak. One necessity is a cast iron skillet. There’s no way around it. You need it so go get one if you don’t have one, you can find some relatively inexpensive ones. I bought mine at Canadian Tire.
Approximately 30 minutes before you plan to cook your steak, take it out of the fridge so it can reach room temperature. While you are waiting, put your cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 400 °F. Your pan needs to be REALLY HOT.
You will want to dry off your steak with some paper towels as it will help to brown your steak once it hits the pan.
After you dry your steak, rub a bit of olive oil onto each side of the steak and then liberally season the steak with some salt and pepper.
Take the cast iron skillet out of the oven and place it onto the stove top at a medium-high heat.
Sear steaks 2-3 minutes each side until a nice crust forms.
Add a big pat of butter (NOT margarine) to each steak and place the cast iron skillet in the oven for 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of your steak
Cook to 135°F internal temperature for medium. If you want your steak medium rare, cook it to 130°F. You want to remove your steak a few degrees less than your desired level of doneness as it will continue to cook while it rests.
After you remove the steak from the oven, wrap it in some tinfoil and allow it to rest for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
There you have it! Plate and serve with your favorite sides!