Kitchen tips: cooking the perfect steak

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

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