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Even if you are an absolute master of the grill, and even if you’re pretty tough when it comes to surviving winter weather, these colder months can prove challenging.
Many of our customers here in Canada are currently buried under five feet of snow. They can’t even see their grills any more, much less put them to good use. But don’t worry: Cooking the perfect steak is still possible. It just might require you to learn some new methods. Actually, learning to cook a steak in your kitchen has advantages besides letting you stay toasty in your home. There is a strong argument to be made for oven grilling methods as ideal for achieving a nice, even, pink center and a great sear on the outside of the beef.
What you need to begin with is a baking sheet. Apply a very thin layer of olive oil, just to keep your beef from sticking; put the steaks on the sheet after lightly seasoning them with salt and cracked pepper.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees—and note that you’re not going to want to cook the steaks for long. Get a meat thermometer to help you out here, and try to get them to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit for rare steak. From there you’re going to want to take the steak out of the oven and transfer to a cast iron skillet, where you can finish them off for another couple of minutes on each side—getting a nice sear on the outside while keeping it good and even on the inside.
And as always, don’t forget to let your steak sit on a warm plate for 5 to ten minutes after removing it from the grill. Let it cook just a bit longer in its own juices; that’s how you ensure the best flavor.
This may or may not become your favorite method for preparing steak, but look: It’s cold outside. Steak is delicious. This is a no-brainer, or at the very least a great option for carnnoisseurs trying to make it through the winter.