Some people feel intimidated when they think of making a steak on anything but the grill. The good news is that if you are looking to make the perfect New York Strip steak you will soon learn that it is easier than you thought. The thing that intimidates people is that a good cut of beef is a little expensive and the thought of ruining such a good one is what gets people into a mindset that they do not even try it. There are some restaurants that will charge over a hundred dollars for the best cooked meats, but you do not have to pay that much. Here are some things to keep in mind to get your beef cooked perfectly.
Pick Your Steak
The first thing that you need to do is to get the right New York Strip steak and while you can get them at most meat departments in a supermarket, it is important to get the right one. Look at the graded steaks with “Prime” being the best one. “Choice” graded meats are also good, but they are second to “prime”. The price will vary within the categories, but if you want a perfect steak then go with the best graded one. The beef that you get needs to look bright red, otherwise it is not as fresh as it could be. You also want good marbling distribution (AKA fat), that will give the meat more flavor when cooking and make it more tender and juicy.
Do Not Cook It Frozen
The most common mistake that people make when cooking beef is to cook it right out of the freezer. It is important to cook it evenly and when you cook a cut of meat frozen you do not get an even distribution of heat. What you need to do to cook the perfect steak is to bring it back to room temperature. It is ok to freeze the meat, but you need to cook it when it is at room temperature.
You do not need much for the perfect New York Strip steak; Keep in mind that this cut is actually very tender so tenderizer is most of the time overkill. The easiest thing to do is to add salt and pepper evenly. Because the cut will be thick you will have to use a generous amount of salt. There are other rubs which you can use depending on your preference for taste. They can taste like anything you like from spicy to traditional; always go with a flavor you like and keep in mind that some are available already prepared at grocery stores everywhere.
Marinades also work great on the cut, but you should use them with care. If the meat is in an acidic marinade for too long it can lose a lot of its texture. Wine and soy sauce based marinades are some of the most commonly used which could make the finished product seem rough. Always leave the fat on the meat before and while cooking; this will add moisture and flavor to a New York Strip. If you are going to remove the fat, then do so after cooking it.
For pan frying make sure to use a good non-stick heavy pan and put some granola oil (or a neutral oil) on it. Let the oil heat up on high heat for at least two minutes. You want the oil really hot before you place your steak on it, that will give it color and flavor. Reduce the heat to medium and place the steak on the pan; it should sizzle right away. Let the steak cook for at least two minutes on one side with a maximum of three minutes for a medium rare steak and flip only once. Use tongs to flip and not a fork or any other puncturing utensil because you want the juices to stay inside.
Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes and add about a tablespoon of butter to the pan. As the butter melts base your steak with it as if you are giving it a bath with it. When the time is up make sure to cook the sides especially the ones with the fat on it. Once done remove from the pan and let the steak rest. While it is resting add some of the oil and butter mix from the pan to the steak for more flavor. Once it has rested it is time to slice your perfect New York Strip, but do not slice too thin as it would get colder faster.
Other Things To Remember
Two to three minutes on the pan will give you a medium rare steak, but you can get it cooked a little more by placing it in the oven at 425 F for 5 minutes. You can tell how well done it is with either a meat thermometer or simply by feeling it with your fingers. The harder it is the more cooked your beef is. If you are using a thermometer, then 145 F is medium rare, 160 F is medium and 170 F is well done.
The Sides And Toppings
There are many sides that you can make to go with your New York Strip. Some of the most popular ones are potato salad, fresh vegetables, salads, steamed cauliflower and broccoli or creamy soups. A baked potato with sour cream can also be a great side for your meal.
A lot of people will use steak sauce on their beef but it is highly recommended that you try it without it first. It is easy to find yourself surprised at all the taste that you can get from the sauce-less steak, especially if you used the juices from the pan fry with butter and oil. A lot of the people I have made steak for will say that the taste is great without any sauces, but it is all up to you. Now that you have the perfect way to make a steak, be ready to impress all of your friends with your skills with beef.