While visiting some of the top steak houses in the concrete jungle is one of my favorite things to do, there is nothing quite as satisfying as making your own beautiful succulent steak. With various online social media video platforms providing step-by-step recipes for world-class meals, I thought it would be a nice change of taste to feature one done by highly acclaimed and world-renowned chef, Gordon Ramsay.
Gordon Ramsay is a Scottish-born British chef, restaurateur, and television personality. His restaurants have been awarded sixteen Michelin stars in total and currently hold nine. His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held three Michelin stars since 2001. Ramsay is known for presenting television programs about competitive cookery and food, such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Kitchen Nightmares, Master Chef, Master Chef Junior and Hotel Hell.
A couple months ago, Gordon released a quick two minute and thirty second video tutorial of cooking the perfect steak. While many of us were groomed at the art of the grill, Gordon utilizes both the pan fryer and the oven as his weapons of choice.
Before You Cook
First, make sure you take the steaks out of the fridge twenty minutes before cooking. This will prevent you from either overcooking the steak. In addition, make sure the pan is hot and ready to go before putting the steaks on. Now the secret to making the perfect steak is to seer it. Start by seasoning the steak with salt and large grains of pepper. Make sure to get both sides so that it can have that burst of flavor. Once the pan is ready, add a touch of olive oil in and lay the steaks away from you.
The Power of the Pan
Once the steaks have absorbed the seasoning, lay those steaks directly on the pan and let the angles of the pan do the work. Make sure you have a pair of tongs ready so that you can turn the steaks over to give it that beautiful even color. Once you see the color of the steak, steer the layers of fat on both the back and sides of the meat. Remember to utilize the pan to your advantage. You can do this by tilting your pan at an angel so that the meat can be cooked and basted by the white olive oil.
Enhance the Flavor
To enhance the flavor crisp flavor of the steak, put in a bit of crushed garlic. You do not have to peal it. Add a touch more of white olive oil and thyme herb to give it that nice fresh fragrance. Be sure to turn the steaks every minute. After twenty or thirty seconds, turn your attention to the butter. Cut three to four nobs of butter and space it strategically on all areas of the pan. This is where your steaks will take a completely different flavor. Use the pan again to your advantage and baste the steaks in the juices.
Take the steaks off the pan and begin cutting it to your liking. Try accompanying it with other side dishes such as rice, mash potatoes, or salad. I’ll save those step-by-step recipes for future blogs.