The most romantic thing you can do on Valentine’s Day is to cook a special meal. What could be more special than a perfect fried steak. Quick and easy to do a home, with quality ingredients you can rival any of the finest restaurants and produce one of the best meals you can eat anywhere.

Morley Butchers source the very best Scotch Beef. 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 steak.

Valentines Day Steak Tips

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”. There are many different types of steak all with different flavours and textures. (The focus here is on cooking with a pan rather than the grill or BBQ.) T

 Before you start

Get the steak to room temperature before you start cooking. Meat straight from the fridge will brown on the out side yet the temperature inside will remain low and not cook properly.


Much of the distinctive flavour in your finished valentines day steak 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.

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 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

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.

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