How to cook a steak using cast iron cookware.
How to cook a steak in a cast iron skillet.
Cast iron skillets are great to use while camping or simply cooking outdoors. Cast iron skillets make everything taste better.
Follow the steps below to learn how to cook steak in a cast iron skillet.
Before Cooking Your Steak
Know the temperature you would like to cook your steak.
Hot Spots in a Cast Iron Pan?
Although cast iron heats quickly, undersized burners that cannot accommodate an entire skillet will not be able to heat the edges of the pan. Be sure to always choose a skillet that is the same size as the burner you are using to cook the steak, as this helps eliminate hot spots.
Temperature To Cook Your Steak.
While the length of time necessary to cook a steak varies upon the cut and thickness of the meat, there are a few basic temperature guidelines to keep in mind.
For recommended cooking times and temperatures, check out this chart:
|Doneness||Temp||Turning Point||1/2″||3/4″||1″||1 1/4″||1 1/2″||1 3/4″||2″|
|Rare||125°F||First Side||4 min||5 min||6 min||7 min||7 min||8 min||10 min|
|Second Side||3 min||4 min||5 min||5 min||6 min||7 min||8 min|
|Medium Rare||135°F||First Side||5 min||6 min||7 min||8 min||8 min||9 min||11 min|
|Second Side||4 min||5 min||6 min||6 min||7 min||7 min||9 min|
|Medium / Medium Well||150°F||First Side||6 min||7 min||8 min||8 min||9 min||9 min||12 min|
|Second Side||4 min||5 min||6 min||7 min||7 min||8 min||10 min|
|Well Done||160°F||First Side||9 min||10 min||11 min||12 min||13 min||14 min||15 min|
|Second Side||7 min||8 min||9 min||10 min||11 min||12 min||13 min|
Prepare Your Steak for Cooking
Properly preparing your meat is an important aspect of serving up a delicious steak. Season your steak liberally well in advance with salt and pepper. Begin by adding oil to your skillet and heating it on high until it shimmers and begins to smoke slightly. Allow your pan to get good and hot, as this is key to keeping the meat from sticking to the skillet.
With the oil hot, it’s time to introduce your favorite steak to the inviting hot oil and cast iron pan. Hello, heat.
1.Pick the steak up by the bone.
2.Flip your steak using tongs every few minutes. Make sure to also cook the sides. You can do this by pressing each of the steak’s edges down against the skillet for a few minutes.
3.Use a spoon to baste your steak in the oil and its own juices as it continues to cook.
4.Use an internal meat thermometer to check the temperature of your steak. This will help you cook your steak to the desired degree of doneness.
5.Spoon your aromatics and generous amounts of butter over the meat. Continue turning the steak as you season it.
6.Remove your steak from the pan and allow it to rest on a plate or cutting board for 10 minutes.