I know my blog has been pretty much 99% desserts so far, so I just wanted to change it up a bit with a big steak ;) Seriously, unless you don't eat red meat, you should find an excuse to make this steak ASAP. It is amazing! (So amazing that I didn't get a chance to do a real photo shoot... we gobbled it up too fast:) )
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I'd just like to state that I had never cooked a steak before attempting this, and it still came out beautifully. The salting and marination do most of the work, so if you do those properly, you can cook it however you like and I'm sure it will be great. Since I live in an apartment with no outside to grill, I pan-seared the steak and then roasted it in the oven. It doesn't have to be a wonderful cut to turn out great — I used a bottom sirloin, and it was like butter.
Here is the glorious bottom sirloin:
I don't know all that much about cuts of meat, but according to Wikipedia, this cut is more tough than top sirloin (and a heck of a lot less expensive).
After buying your steak and all necessary supplies for the marinade, start to whip up the marinade. You can use your favorite marinade recipe; I went with a garlic, ginger and scallion marinade from Cooks Illustrated.
You don't have to go too crazy chopping all of this up, because it's going to go into the food processor after this :)
Dump into food processor, add sesame oil & olive oil, and process.
Marinade complete :)
Now, take your steak, and salt it LIBERALLY on both sides.
Then smear all of the marinade on top of the salt on both sides. Wrap well in plastic wrap and let sit for at least an hour, and up to 24 hours.
When you're ready to start cooking, preheat the oven to 450° F. Take the steak out of the plastic and wipe off most of the salt/marinade paste. Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet (the skillet should be ovenproof, preferably cast iron) until it smokes, and then place the steak into the hot skillet.
SIZZLE! Did I mention you need to turn on the exhaust fan? Yea, do that :)
Sear 3-4 minutes on the first side. Turn the steak over with tongs and sear 3-4 minutes on the other side.
Place the entire skillet into the hot oven and roast — 4-5 minutes will get you to medium-rare. I used a probe thermometer stuck into the thickest part of the meat to be really sure. You should cook until it is slightly less done than desired, because it will continue cooking a bit after it's out of the oven.
Next is the hardest part. You need to let the steak REST under an aluminum foil tent for 5-10 minutes after it's out of the oven. I know, I know. Just do it! In the words of Alton Brown, your patience will be rewarded.
Marinated Pan-Roasted Steak
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated (link is members-only)
4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 medium cloves of garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
2 medium scallions, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
3" piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced (about 3 tablespoons)
1 steak, 2 pounds (almost 1kg), patted dry with paper towels
enough kosher salt to crust the meat
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
To make the marinade:
Put all ingredients into food processor and process until smooth. You can make this ahead and refrigerate until you're ready to use it.
To prepare the steak:
Poke the steak with a fork about 20 times per side. Liberally salt both sides of the steak to create a crust. Then coat both sides of the steak with marinade. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.
To cook the steak:
Heat the oven to 450° F (230° C, gas mark 8). Heat the vegetable oil in a 12" ovenproof skillet until the oil smokes. Wipe the marinade and salt off of the steak, and if you like, season with the black pepper. Put the steak into the hot skillet (stand back a bit in case the oil splatters).
Sear the steak until browned, 3-4 minutes. Flip with tongs and sear for another 3-4 minutes on the other side. If you have a probe thermometer, stick it into the thickest part of the meat. Place the entire skillet into the oven and roast until slightly less done than you like it. A final result of medium rare will require 4-5 minutes in the oven.
Remove the hot skillet from the oven and transfer the steak to a cutting board. Place a tent of aluminum foil over the steak and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per 1/4 of steak (1/2 pound raw)
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Fat: 29 g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Cholesterol: 155 mg
Sodium: 535 mg
Carbohydrates: 1 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Protein: 48 g
I heartily recommend this marinade and pan-roasting method! It's also endorsed by my husband A., who was originally scared that I would ruin a good steak ;) Wrong! We loved it. Let me know if you've ever cooked a steak this way, or if you have any marinade recommendations! :)