Cooking a special meal for your loved one is one of the most romantic things to do on valentines day. What could be better for a perfect valentines day dinner than a tasty steak. The best romantic steak dinner will need the best ingredients. We source premium Scotch Beef from established suppliers. We look for meat that is well marbled and matured on the bone for between 21 and 28 days for extra flavour. This produces a succulent, full flavoured product, just right for a “perfect” Valentines Day romantic steak dinner.

Choosing the Right Steak

Steak is not one of the cheaper cuts so it is important to match your personal preference and to cook it the right way so that you can achieve the perfect meal (avoiding a costly “misteak”). There are many different types of steak all with different flavours and textures. Here are our top four suggestions:

  • Fillet steak – This is the most lean and tender of all the steaks. Other names for cuts of fillet include Filet Mignon, Tenderloin, Tournedos and Chateaubriand
  • Sirloin Steak – This popular and classic steak is  very tender and well-marbled with fat strip on one side.
  • T-bone steak – A large steak that offers the best of both worlds here having fillet on one side and sirloin on the other.
  • Rib eye steak –  A firm favourite with steak lovers. As the name suggests, from the rib section. Excellent rich flavour and is very tender.  Marbling throughout adds plenty of succulence.

As this is all about a romantic steak dinner you can always consider buying one large steak and sharing.

Romantic Steak Dinner Cooking Tips

What could be more special than a steak cooked just the way you like it. With no special kit or technique required, with quality ingredients you can produce a meal as good as any of the finest restaurants and produce one of the best meals you can eat anywhere.

We have some great tips here on how to cook a perfect Valentines Day steak. Steak is not one of the cheapest cuts so it is important to cook it the right way so that you can achieve the perfect meal not an expensive “misteak”.

 Before you start

Remember to remove you steak from the fridge in good time (45 mins) and allow it to come up to room temperature. Meat taken straight from the fridge will brown on the outside but the temperature in the middle will remain low and not cook properly.

Drying and Seasoning

Much of the distinctive flavour in your finished Romantic Steak Dinner will come from the charing, caramelisation and browning on the outside surface. This will be hard to do on a wet streak so use a cloth or kitchen towel to pat the surface dry.

Next very lightly oil the meat surface, we recommend a vegetable oil for this – As you will be cooking a high temperatures the more refined oil will take the higher heat without burning and imparting unwanted flavours, so avoid butter or olive oil.

Then rub the outside with plenty of coarse sea salt. Be generous and make sure any areas of fat don’t get missed. Don’t put the seasoning on too soon (15 minutes will be fine) as the salt will take moisture from the meat. Freshly ground pepper will add extra depth to the finished steak taste.

Cooking times for steak

Make sure you pan is really hot with just a little oil.

We suggest only turning the steak once for each side and maybe using tongs holding the steak vertical to brown the outside edge of fat (if you have a sirloin or rump) at the end.

Rare: 2 ½ minutes each side

Medium: 4 minutes each side

Well Done: 5 minutes each side

To gauge how well cooked you steak is you can also try pressing the steak with your finger tip – soft will be rare whilst firm to the touch will be well done.

Rest at least 10 minutes after cooking covered in foil.

For more  detail on cooking a perfect Valentines day Steak have a look at our comprehensive guide >>