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How to Cook Steak

15-Minute Steak
Delicious (rib eye) steak cooked in 15 minutes, served with roasted vegetables & steak sauce

Cooking steak is really fast and relatively easy. After all, you can’t cook the steak for too long or it will overcook and the meat will become tough. It is useful to learn to cook steak because it is cheaper and you have full control over the degree the steak is cooked (sometimes I order medium well done and I get well done or worse, overcooked). At home, whenever we crave for steak, I just heat up the griddle pan, season the steak with salt and pepper just before cooking, and grill it for a few minutes each side. This is easy gourmet meal in the comfort of your home, prepared in no time at all.

The cut I am using as shown in the photos is no fancy cut, in fact it is quite budget-priced which I bought at Cold Storage – the rib eye cut which usually cost around $8-$10 per piece. But the results are still decent. If you can afford it, go for more premium and thicker cuts of meat; you can definitely taste the difference.

15-Minute Steak
Grilled steak with Thai mango salad and baked potatoes

Tips for cooking steak
(compiled from VideoJug and Soy & Pepper)

Before Cooking:
– Season the steak with salt and pepper just before cooking. If you salt it earlier and leave it for a while, the salt will draw out the juices.
– Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking. If you kept the steak in the fridge, bring it out to rest at room temperature at least half an hour before cooking.
– You can use herbs such as rosemary or thyme to go with the steak if you like. You can also purchase bottled steak herbs mix.
– Use thick cuts of meat. Ideally, the steak should be at least 3/4 inch thick. Anything thinner than that will usually result in overcooked and tough meat.
– If you want beautiful grill marks on the steak, use a griddle pan. Otherwise, you can use a normal pan.
During Cooking:
– Heat up the pan till very hot before placing the steak on it. Then reduce the heat to medium high.
– When cooking, turn the steak over once using a pair of kitchen tongs. Do not keep flipping and turning the steak as it is cooking.
After Cooking:
– After cooking, let the steak “relax” for a few minutes in a plate before serving so that the juices will disperse throughout the steak and it will be juicy.

My steak cooking time reference

15-Minute Steak
Cooking steak on the hot griddle pan

This is based on my own observations. It may vary depending on the type of pan, the temperature and the cut used, so adjust accordingly for your own cooking.

– It does not matter how much the steak weigh, what matters is the thickness of the meat. The thicker it is, the more time needed to cook it.

– For 3/4 inch thick steak, I grill (each side) for about 2 minutes for medium rare; add 1 minute for medium, add 2 minutes for medium well done, and add 3 minutes for well done, subtract 1 minute for rare.

– Based on the above calculations, for each increase in steak thickness by 1/4 inch, add another half to one minute to the above timings.

15-Minute Steak

(Serves 1)

– 1 serving of steak (I’m using the ribeye cut here)
– olive oil
– sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
– herbs of your choice (optional)


1. Brush the steak with some oil and season with salt, pepper and herbs (optional) to taste just before cooking.
2. Heat the griddle pan on high heat till very hot. Place the steak onto the hot pan (you should hear a sizzling sound if the pan is hot enough) and reduce the heat to medium high.
3. Cook the meat based on the cooking times reference above. For example, for my steak which is 3/4 inch thick, I cook the meat on one side first for 3 minutes, then I flip over to the other side to cook for another 4 minutes. This is for medium.
4. Place the steak on a plate and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

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53 Responses to “How to Cook Steak”

  1. Kitchen Butterfly — March 26, 2010 @ 7:18 am

    I learnt to make perfect steaks (as a non-steak person, who didn’t grow up eating or cooking it) from Steamy Kitchen using a ‘salting’ technique. Its worked for me the best, though it is a fine art (especially if you’re not an obedient recipe follower!). I’ll have to try this ASA


    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 10:07 am

      I saw the salting technique at Steamy Kitchen too. I have to try it one day ;)


  2. Janet@ Gourmet Traveller 88 — March 26, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    I love grilling steaks on griddle pan, love the grill mark : ) Hmm, I wanna try the salty technique one day too. :oops:


  3. Sheri — March 28, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    Your steak looks fabulous!
    Salted before isn’t always bad, in fact in works wonders for turkey,chicken,pork and beef
    Try this method next time- I saw this years ago and it changed my steaks FOREVER


    • wiffy replied: — March 28th, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

      Thanks for sharing Sheri. Yes, I would love to try Jaden’s technique one day. :-)


  4. Sheri — March 28, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

    ha , ha, ha, just read the comments above me
    really though, give it a try and google dry brine for roasting poultry,pork and beef


  5. Pei-Lin — March 30, 2010 @ 11:33 pm

    Wow! It does look scrumptious … juicy! Oh, looking at your grill makes my heart ache. I’m salivating over it now … because I’ve been wanting one for myself, too!


    • wiffy replied: — March 31st, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

      the griddle pan is one of my fave kitchen equipment. hope you get one soon :)



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