This blog has lots of tasty recipes for making different sauces for steak to go with your delicious piece of steak, but what about the question of how to cook steak itself?

There are several difference ways to cook steak. You can use a frying pan, a grill, a barbecue or an oven.

In my view, there are 2 really great ways to cook steak. You can fry it or you can partly fry it and then finish it off in an oven.

How to cook steak in a frying pan

It is easy to cook steak in a frying pan. You need to get your pan really hot and then put in a knob of butter or a some vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, place your steak into the centre of the pan and let it cook. The sound and smell of the sizzling steak is fantastic. You will need the extractor fan on or the window open to combat the smoke!

how to cook steak in a frying pan

The length of cooking depends very much on how you like your steak. As a good rule of thumb, I allow 2 minutes on each side for a rare steak, 4 minutes on each side for medium rare and 6 minutes on each side for a well done steak. If you are cooking it well done, you can turn the heat down a bit for the last 4 or 6 minutes to stop the outside getting burned.
Then is is really important to let the steak rest for 5 minutes on a warm plate. This gives the fibres in the meat the chance to relax and will produce a much more tender and juicy steak.

Once the meat has rested, it is ready for you to enjoy with one of your favourite steak sauces.

How to cook a steak in a frying pan and an oven

The second method of cooking a steak was inspired by Marcus Wareing and it is especially useful for people who like their steak well done, but don’t want the outside to be too hard or burned.

It is similar to the frying method to begin with. Heat up your oil in the frying pan until it is very hot, but also, pre heat your oven to full heat.

Then you fry the steak for 2 minutes on each side so that it looks an attractive, gold brown colour.

If you want a rare steak, then you don’t need to do anything else except let the steak rest for 5 minutes.

However, if you are looking for a more cooked steak, simply place the entire frying pan into the very hot oven and let it all roast for a few more minutes. You have already given the meat 4 minutes of cooking on the frying pan, so 4 minutes in the oven for a medium steak or 8 minutes for a well done steak will be enough.

Once the steak has had the right time, carefully (with an oven glove) remove the pan from the oven and let the steak rest as described above.

how to cook steak in an oven

I think that using this method is brilliant, because it always seems to produce the perfect tender steak while not filling your kitchen with smoke and it gives you a chance to concentrate on making your vegetables and sauces for steak while it is in the oven.

The third option for making a steak is obviously to barbecue it and this process is very similar to frying it. The timings are the same, but it is really important that you make sure that your coals or grill are extremely hot before you start to cook the steak.

Whichever method you use, I hope that you enjoy your steak and that you have a good steak sauce to go with it. In case you haven’t had a chance to make one of our sauces for steak, then simply grind a bit of black pepper and squeeze the juice of a lemon onto the steak while it is resting and I am sure that you will be happy.


One Comment

  1. Beth Hein


    I came across your website while looking up on how to cook steak! Just a question though, if you don’t put oil, will the steak burn or stick to the pan?

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