Since the chuck tends to be tough (the meat comes from the hard-working shoulder of the cow), it is best to slow cook it so that it gets nice and tender.
However, with a bit of care and details, it can well be prepared on the stove top.
Beef chuck steak is not only inexpensive, it is also nutritious and full of flavor.
Plan a lovely meal for yourself or your loved ones by following our easy steps for cooking beef chuck steak.
Here is all you need to know about cooking a beef chuck steak on a stove top.
Things You’ll Need
- Flaked/Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Additional seasonings (fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary and thyme)
- Large thick pan which weighs a lot – for better heat distribution
- Cooking oil (e.g. olive oil or coconut oil)
- Unsalted butter (ideally organic grass-fed)
- Meat thermometer
5 Easy Steps To Cook Beef Chuck Steak On Stove Top:
Step 1: Pat dry the steak with paper with paper towels to make searing the surface much quicker and better.
Then sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
Salting the meat in the start helps to develop a great flavor. Salt is a chemical and the reaction occurs at high heat – use salt before not after.
You can also season the beef chuck steak with some fresh or dried herbs such as parsley, thyme or oregano. Dry rubs, when used sparingly, can’t harm the steak.
Remember to bring chuck steak to room temperature, so it will brown much easier on the pan.
Step 2: Heat up the skillet on the stove top over high heat.
I recommend waiting until it starts smoking lightly and then another 20 seconds so to ensure the skillet is hot enough.
Sometimes you will see star chefs (hey Gordon!) pouring cooking oil inside the skillet. I don’t recommend, because, first of all, why extra calories? Secondly, it’s a waste of oil.
Instead I invite you to use a few drops right on the chuck steak and massage it gently so the oil gets a chance to absorb inside slightly.
All set? Drop the steak in the pan – you should hear a sizzling sound (this is water quickly evaporating from the skillet’s surface).
Give it 2 to 3 minutes to sear and gain a nice golden brown color. Flip both sides after 40 seconds to get an even cooking on both sides – the fast-flipping technique used by Heston Blumenthal.
Use tongs to flip the meat.
Step 3: Toss a small portion (about ½ tablespoon) of unsalted butter into the skillet. This will give your chuck steak a nice caramelized look.
Keep spooning the melted butter on top of the steak to help the steak brown nicely and to make the meat tenderer.
Step 4: Check the steak’s internal temperature by using a meat thermometer.
Ideally, the reading of a medium-rare chuck steak should be 55C / 130F (medium – 60C / 140F).
Keep in mind that the cooking time varies, depending on the cut, thickness and utensils used. Moreover, it also depends on whether the beef is boneless or not!
Step 5: Think it’s ready? Immediately transfer the steak from the skillet to the plate to avoid overcooking.
Let the steak rest for about 5 minutes. Then cut into slices.
Resting the steak helps it to reabsorb all the meat juices back into the muscle fibers. This prevents the juices from seeping out when you cut the steak.
If you think that the steak looks a bit bare on its own, you can always whip up delicious sauce to complement your chuck steak. Things you will need:
- ½ cup of shallots
- 1 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- ½ cup freshly chopped herbs (parsley, oregano, and thyme- your choice!)
- 2 crushed garlic cloves
Take all the above ingredients and put them on a preheated pan (the one you used for steak just before).
Stir everything and once the sauce thickens a bit, pour out the sauce on the steak and you are good to go.
You can also serve your beef chuck steak alongside roast vegetables such as sweet potatoes and roasted carrots with onions.
The little trick to cook the chuck steak perfectly, keep it tender and to make sure that it cooks all the way through is to keep it moist throughout the cooking period. That’s why braising it in a slow cooker is great technique which you should also try out.
Many people might be put off by the idea of cooking chuck steak at home, owing to its hard texture, but the process isn’t that difficult.
If you follow the above-mentioned steps carefully, you will be sure to get a succulent dish that will win laurels for your cooking and earn you the admiration from your loved ones.