Chances are, you love a steak that’s juicy, tender & simply delicious …
If you watched my two previous videos, then you know that a proper cooking skillet and right meat choice have a tremendous effect on the end result.
Just to quickly recap…
Right now you might be wondering:
Okay, Artem, that’s cool, but…how exactly do I cook a steak that’s juicy, tender & simply delicious?
Well, today I am going to make it very easy for you.
All you need is to understand that proper doneness level is essential for your steak to come out amazing!
What is Steak Doneness Level?
Okay, I understand that my previous statement might have raised some questions, so, please, let me clarify what exactly is steak doneness level.
Whenever you start cooking steak, the heat that touches the meat surface gradually enters the cut itself.
It’s very important to understand that the heat can only get inside the steak at a certain rate.
These stages most commonly include the following:
Okay, now you know that there are 6 doneness levels…
How would it help you to cook a perfect steak?
Now is the time for real secret.
The Secret Behind a Steak That’s Juicy, Tender & Simply Delicious
I just gave it away.
I will repeat it though.
If you are looking to cook a steak that’s juicy, tender & simply delicious, you should never cook it beyond medium-rare doneness level.
Okay, Artem, but…WHY?
Here is why…
(There are actually 3 main reasons right below)
Having said this, I know that there are a lot of objections regarding rare parts of steak and medium-rare is not an exception.
This is why I would like to deal with them…one by one!
Is Medium-Rare Steak Undercooked?
No, it’s not undercooked.
Medium-rare steak is cooked to medium-rare doneness level, which has a rare part in it.
This is similar to cooking fried eggs and leaving the yolks slightly rare.
Is Medium-Rare Steak Unhealthy?
Actually, it’s considered to be healthier than medium-well beef that’s been cooking for a while.
The reason is that prolonged high heat is never good, because it does create some unhealthy compounds.
Is Medium-Rare Steak Safe to Eat?
This is the most common objection I hear.
It gets to the stage where I almost have to sit with people, holding their hands, so to make them unscared of eating a steak that’s cooked to medium-rare doneness.
So, medium-rare steaks are totally safe to eat.
The only problem which could possibly arise is foodborne illnesses, which appear from bad things that can get onto the steak’s surface.
Searing for 1-2 minutes leaves no chance for anything dangerous to survive on the steak’s surface.
And these bacteria can’t go inside the steak either, which is also a reason why medium-rare steak is totally safe!
Oh yeah, and to answer the ‘blood from steak’ scare.
It’s not blood!
It’s a protein called myoglobin mixed with water, so, no, no blood there.