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.
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