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How to Sear a Steak in 5 Simple Steps -Sear Like A Pro

Steak is a classic dish that you can find everywhere, from the best steakhouses to your local diner’s all-day menu. It helps that there are so many different kinds of steak to choose from and so many different ways to cook and serve them. If you follow these easy steps, you’ll soon be able to sear like a pro.

Step 1 – Salt your steak

Use a big pinch of kosher salt to season your steak all over. Make sure to get the steak from all sides. I also like to crack some fresh black pepper on it.

Step 2 –  Rest your steak before cooking.

Put your seasoned steak on a plate or baking sheet and let it sit out at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour. You should never cook cold meat. If you have a thick cut of meat, now is a good time to heat your oven to 375°F so you can finish your steak in the oven.

Step 3 –  Preheat the pan

Start heating your pan on medium heat for about 5 minutes before you want to cook your steak. It would be best if you cook your steak in a cast-iron pan or an All-Clad, which is made of stainless steel. Make sure the pan is nice and hot before you use it.

Step 4 –  Hard sear in oil

Pour a little oil into the hot pan and put the steak down carefully. Let it cook for about 4 to 5 minutes without moving it so that a good sear can form. When the steak is ready to move, it will let go of the pan and let you know. You shouldn’t have to force it. When it’s a dark brown color on one side, flip it over and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes.

Thinner cuts like flat iron, flank, and skirt steak cook quickly and can be cooked on the stovetop. If your steak is thick, you can put it in the oven for a few minutes to finish cooking. Ensure your pan can go in the range.

How can I tell if my steak is done? The best way is to use a thermometer like this one to find out how hot or cold it is. The temperature will rise near the end, so keep a close eye on it. You want to find the following readings:

Medium-Rare: 135°F

Medium: 140°F

Medium-Well: 145°F

Step 5 –  Rest, then cut against the grain.

Before you cut into your steak, give it at least 5 minutes to rest. A thicker cut of meat will need more time. Use a sharp knife to cut against the grain, and sprinkle flake salt on top before serving. Find out more about the right way to cut steak.

Tips and tricks for Searing Steak.

You can follow these few tips to make a perfect steak along with the above five steps.
1. Adding the right amount of salt before and after the cooking process.
2. Rest your steak 30 minutes before cooking and a few minutes after cooking.
3. Don’t add steak to a cold pan. Preheat it before adding the steak.
4. Finish with butter.