Cooking a delicious chunk of juicy steak isn’t as difficult as many may think, or others might suggest. That’s why we’ve gone on a mission to look into all the common facts and myths, and uncover them. The stigma that cooking steak is challenging, is due to the countless ads and articles which are packed with misinformation.
At Sciacca Grill, if there’s one thing we know well, it’s steak. We’ve come up with a list of the most common facts and myths that have been said about one of the favourite staple meals in our diet, to make your next steak cooking experience a more informed one.
1. You should only flip your steak once
We believe this to be a fact. By flipping your steak once, you’re allowing for each side to develop a “crust” which essentially aids in locking the juices in and keeps your steak juicy and flavoursome.
2. Salt your steak before you cook it
By salting your steak, any surface moisture will be evaporated, allowing you to achieve the perfect level of browning. However, salting your steak too much or too early could result in a dry steak, so sprinkle cautiously.
3. Your grill should be fully preheated
By heating your grill up to the desired cooking temperature, you’re bound to get the perfect steak. To achieve a perfect, evenly cooked steak, preheat your grill and cook the steak on each side for the same amount of time, flipping it only once.
4. Allow your steak to be at room temperature before cooking
The theory states that by cooking your steak when it’s at room temperature, it’ll create a browner steak. The problem with this is that, 20-30 minutes won’t make a vital change in the internal temperature of your steak and secondly, steak browns when the surface layers’ moisture has evaporated.
4. Leave your steak to rest after cooking
Allowing your steak to rest after cooking helps in the absorption of the juices. By giving your steak at least 5 minutes (depending on the thickness) to rest, the meat will be juicier and tastier when you go to eat it. This is because it’ll lose less juice when you first cut it.
5. Beef is unhealthy
Steak offers a large number of vitamins and nutrients, including high iron, protein and B-12 levels. Iron is important for body circulation, whilst vitamin B12, also known as Cobalamin, is essential for overall body functions, and protein is necessary for maintaining healthy muscles. For more information on why steak is good for you, check out our previous blog post.
All the tips and tricks to making the perfect steak can be daunting. That’s where we come in. If you’d rather leave the cooking to the experts, join us at Sciacca Grill in Valletta or St. Julians for a perfectly prepared steak every time. For reservations, visit our website or give us a call today.