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How To Cook Healthy Steak In Skillet: 6 Tricks To Use

Many people just like me are wondering how to cook steak so it’s healthy and nutritious.

I realized just recently that I use a wide array of little tricks while cooking steak in pan so to make sure it’s as healthy as possible.

These techniques, once added up, will vastly improve your average steak in terms of quality and, as a result, your health.

And a great thing about these is that they are tiny little details, so you can implement them right away. Without further introduction…

Six tips to cook a healthy steak recipe on stove top.

 

1. Organic grass-fed. Whenever possible, opt for organic grass-fed beef, since the difference in quality is huge.

Not only the flavor is superior, but by going organic grass-fed you choose beef that is free from hormones, antibiotics and pesticide residue. You receive a stack of antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for your body’s normal functioning.

Try going organic grass-fed all the time, but if that’s not possible for whatever reason, opt for lean cuts with as little fat as possible – all the crap is accumulated in the adipose tissue, so it’s better to avoid the fatty cuts once they are conventional.

 

2. Marinate. Feel up your marinades with herbs (thyme, rosemary etc.) and extra virgin olive oil. Antioxidants contained in these ingredients help to fight free radicals which inevitably form during high heat searing in skillet. They help to preserve tissue and also develop flavor.

3. Don’t overcook. It applies to both, overcooking beef as such and burning it during cooking. Both are associated with unhealthy outcomes (read cancer).

Well done meat is less healthy than medium-rare, so you might reconsider your attitude towards overcooked steak if you are in the well-done camp. 😉

Burning steak is obviously not a great idea either, so watch out when you use sugar and/or honey in your marinades – it will burn much easier.

 

4. Skillet quality. Have you ever bought cheap skillet that, once you warm it up, starts leaching chemical smell into the air? Perhaps it also deformed after a while…

So cheap quality skillets like these can be quite harmful, especially if heated to a very high temperature – just what we do when cook steak. Opt for quality skillet that is made of cast iron, quality steel or, my favorite, forged aluminium.

 

5. Use metal tongs. Plastic or silicone spatulas are no good for when it comes to flipping steak when it’s searing. Wide range of commercially available plastics have been shown to leach endocrine disrupting chemicals. We don’t want these in a healthy steak, so no plastics AND oven bags.

 

6. Veggies. Healthy steak is even healthier with a wide range of antioxidant-containing vegetables. Mix fresh and cooked veggies, coupled with garlic and (ideally) freshly ground herbs for a super healthy mix. Simple and effective!

 

These are simple strategies I use when cooking a healthy steak on stove top.

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Best Skillet For Cooking Steak: 6 Points To Remember When Buying One

What’s the best frying pan for cooking steak? My honest answer is – the that helps you get perfect steak every time!

But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to get a good skillet for your good intentions.

As you know there is a lot of different types of frying skillets there, so my duty is to help you pick the one that works for you (and maybe even no one else), so here are 6 things you need to look after before going and buying the skillet of your dreams. 😉

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6 Points To Remember Before Buying  The Best Skillet For Cooking Steak

 

1. Brand. I am not a huge fan of nameless/unknown frying pan brands you can get in large shopping moles. They are usually fairly cheap and…can be potentially dangerous not just for the environment, but also for your health. A typical non-stick frying pan can contain all sorts of chemicals – perfluorooctanoic and perfluorononanoic acids are two examples. Both are associated with cancer and that’s enough for me. Hence a good, well-known brand will at least provide this type of information so you know what you are buying.

 

2. Material. What are best skillets for cooking steak made from? There are many options out there, but my favorite is forged aluminium (and I used a lot of different skillets). This compound has all I need: the heaviness of cast iron and non-stickiness without “delicious” perfluorooctanoic acid. It also does a great job with heat distribution (a huge problem for thin carbon and stainless steel pans) and does not warp – a huge statement on its own. Oh and its scratch-resistant as well!

Before any questions arise – I use Le Creuset frying pans.

 

3. Diameter. This happens all too often – massive steak on a tiny frying pan. The steaks you are cooking must at least fit into the pan without touching its walls. A pan too small won’t generate enough heat, so instead of searing steaks you will boil them. No bueno. =/

Morale is simple – size matters. Choose wisely.

 

4. Weight. It must be heavy. The heavier, the better. A heavy skillet right away means that, first, it won’t warp and, second, the heat distribution is good. Besides that if you have a weighty skillet, you are right by definition – your spouse won’t have good enough counterarguments. 😀

 

5. Handle. Frying steak is oven a two-step process. First, you sear and, second, you finish steak in the oven. That’s why best skillets for cooking steak have their handles made from metal – you won’t need any other dish. Metal handle will easily withstand any oven heat. So get the one with metal handle!

 

6. Price. By itself price is often misleading, but, let’s be honest, you get what you pay for. A great frying pan which will last you a lifetime doesn’t cost $20. This is why I strongly encourage (and kindly invite) you to go get yourself a damn good frying pan. Ideally the one you can fall in love with – you will see how this small step will affect your cooking (not just steaks 😉 ).

I hope this best skillet for frying steak post was helpful. If you have any other points/questions – the comments are right below for you.!

Happy steaks!

 

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Cooking Time For Rib Eye Steak

image via Flickr: numb3r
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How long does it take to prepare a ribeye steak?

Of course it all depends on things like thickness, temperature used, cooking method and level of doneness you are aiming for… That’s why it is SO tricky to actually give a valid prediction that works.

Having that in mind, I came up with 4 tables that will help you get started and make necessary changes as you become more experienced!

All of them take 2 things into account: thickness (in inches) and level of doneness. So they are really easy to use, once you know how thick the cut is and what doneness level you are looking for.

The numbers in the boxes are “minutes per side“. So, for example, if it says “5.5″, it means “5 and a half minutes per side” and then, after you flip, it’s another 5 minutes 30 seconds.

This is applies to every cooking method except for oven-roasting at 400F, where you won’t need to flip or turn the steak, so the numbers in the boxes are the total times.

Please also note that these cooking times are still estimates and you should probably consider them as reference points. But they are really good to start with!

To your steak success! 🙂

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How Long To Grill A Rib Eye For

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* So, if you are wondering, how long to grill a 1/2 inch ribeye, the answer is in your first column, depending on the level of doneness you are looking for.

 

How Long To Broil A Ribeye For

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How Long To Bake Ribeye At 400F

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Please see the original steak cooking times article for more details.