Wholesome, inexpensive, and thoroughly delicious, it can be cooked in a variety of ways.
Although the meat may seem tough (it comes from the shoulder of the cow), if cooked the right way, it can be quite tender and juicy.
Searing the meat can give it a healthy steak color and add plenty of flavors that you wouldn’t be able to get with cooking it in the oven alone.
To get that meat cooked well, you need to make sure that you cook it slow and allow plenty of time for it to soften.
Cooking chuck roast in a slow cooker is an ideal preparation method then.
There are plenty of ways to cook chuck roast and one way is to pan sear the chuck roast.
Here’s all you need to know to whip up a cracking pan seared chuck roast.
Before we begin…I wanted to share these 3 secrets behind every perfect steak.
All right – ready now.
Frying Chuck Roast In Skillet
- 3-4 pound big piece of chuck roast meat (as always, I recommend this 3 lbs grass-fed chuck roast)
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil (e.g. coconut)
- Kosher salt and pepper according to taste
- 2 medium sized onions, peeled and chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped well
- 5 peeled garlic cloves
- About 1.5 cup red wine (optional)
6 Easy Ways To Pan Sear Chuck Roast In A Skillet on Stove Top:
Step 1: Remove the steak from the fridge well in advance before cooking. For a standard steak, that is usually around 40 minutes. However entire roast will need more time – up to 2 hours.
Pat dry the steak using paper towels – dry surface is much easier for getting browning (aka Maillard reaction).
Step 2: Heat the skillet at high heat until it begins to smoke lightly. Once you notice gentle fumes escaping the heated surface, wait for another 20 seconds before placing the roast inside.
Step 3: Coat all sides of the chuck roast with coarse salt right before searing it. Sprinkle generously and make sure you don’t miss any place.
Tip: Avoid using table salt or be very careful – it’s easy to go beyond the sweet point and overdo the salt bit.
Step 4: Place the chuck roast in the hot pan. Sear the roast on one side first until it becomes golden brown and then flip it to the other side and repeat the process.
Use a pair of tongs and make sure that you sear each side for at least 2 minutes or until the fat begins to melt and you see the meat turning brown.
Getting both sides to be evenly seared will help to create a beautiful crust that will give a burst of flavor.
Tip: If you can hardly see any browning, add a knob of butter right in the skillet and use a teaspoon to baste the roast sides. You will immediately notice the golden brown crust quickly developing on the chuck’s roast.
If you are willing to make chuck roast even more delicious add a sprig of fresh rosemary and 3-4 crashed garlic cloves right inside. No need to peel them.
Step 5: Now finish cooking your chuck roast in the oven, which is preheated to about 140C / 285F.
The temperature might look low, but I really like using ‘low and slow’ technique. It helps to gradually increase the inside temperature of the roast, so it keeps more tenderness and juices inside.
Now place the vegetables (onions and carrots) beside the chuck roast in the same pan in which you seared the meat. Add garlic to give the vegetables an extra flavor.
To make sure that your chuck roast is cooked all the way through, insert a meat thermometer into it. You should get a reading of about 135 F for medium-rare. Vegetables will cook at the same time.
Step 6: Transfer your chuck roast to a plate along with the vegetables. Slice the meat and serve it hot.
Tip: Preheat the serving dishes in the oven so to keep the steak hot for as long as possible – cold beef is not impressive in this scenario.
If you need some additional tips and more guidance, I recommend you check out the SteakEat Method that helps people cook perfect steaks on stove top every time.
Another great way of cooking a chuck roast is searing it and then using a slow cooker to completely cook it.
To cook the chuck roast in the slow cooker, follow the five easy steps below.
How To Pan Sear Chuck Steak And Then Cook It In a Slow Cooker
Step 1: Pan sear the chuck roast as described above.
Step 2: Now place the chuck roast in a slow cooker. Add vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes and celery. You can use small sweet potatoes and slice the other vegetables into bite sized pieces.
Step 3: Add some red wine. You can also use other liquids such as stock, water, vinegar or a combination of these. Make sure that you pour enough liquid in the slow cooker, which completely covers the chuck roast and vegetables.
Step 4: Cover the slow cooker and let the chuck roast cook for about 6-8 hours. When the chuck roast is completely tender, you can be sure that your chuck roast is well cooked.
Step 5: Take out the chuck roast along with the vegetables and place on a serving dish. Cut the meat in slices and arrange the vegetables along the sides. Serve hot.
These above-mentioned methods will help you to get a delicious chuck roast dish out and impress your loved ones!
P.S. Don’t forget to discover the 3 secrets behind a tender juicy steak. 😉