Paul Heathcote’s Kitchen Tips: cooking the perfect steak
If you want to cook a steak – or a burger, for that matter – brush with a little oil, season with salt and pepper, then cook on a hot pan and fry on one side only until near the end, before finally turning over to cook the other side of the meat. Cooking mainly on one side in a smoking hot pan is the key.
Here’s some guidelines for timing:
- Blue: 90 seconds, flip over for 30 seconds
- Rare: 2.5 minutes, flip over for 30 seconds
- Medium Rare: 3.5 minutes, flip over for 30 seconds
- Medium/Well done: 4.5 minutes, flip over for 30-60 seconds