If you’ve never cooked with grass-fed or finished steaks before, it can be a bit of a mystery getting started. To make your steak cooking life easier, here are some of my go-to methods for preparing a juicy and delicious steak every time.
- Place the steaks in the refrigerator for at least 3 days before you plan to prepare them; not only will this thaw the steak, but will also help to tenderize the meat. Allow the meat to ‘come to temperature’ before cooking (which means for it to sit at room temperature for ~20 minutes; enough time to take the chill off from the refrigerator). Season both sides of the steak generously with salt, pepper, and garlic.
- Pre-heat the grill/pan/oven before adding the meat.
- Sear the steak on both sides and then reduce the heat to complete the cooking process.
- Use tongs (not a fork) to turn the meat so that juices are not lost.
- Cooking the steak to no more than ‘medium’ is suggested, as cooking to ‘well-done’ is likely to yield a tough and dry end-result. If you prefer a ‘well-done’ steak, consider cooking at a lower temperature and with some sort of sauce/marinade for moisture
- Because of the high-protein and low-fat nature of grass-fed and finished meat, reduce the cooking time by about 30% to avoid over-cooking. After heating, allow the steak to sit covered and in a warm area for about 10 minutes before eating; this will allow the juices to go back into the meat.