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Cook your steak to the appropriate temperature.
The right temperature for your steak is between 130°F and 155°F, according to the USDA. You can tell when it’s done by sticking a thermometer into the center of the steak, which should register at least 145°F. If you’re worried that this might be too high or too low, then don’t worry—you can always use an instant-read thermometer instead!
If your steak comes out too early (or late), there’s no need to panic: cook them longer until they reach their final level of doneness. For example, if you cook some strips for 10 minutes per side but feel like they’ve only been in the pan for 7 minutes total on each side (for example), cook them longer until all sides have reached 145 degrees Fahrenheit—even if some parts are more browned than others because of overcooking elsewhere on their surface area!
Cast iron holds heat very well.
Cast iron is an excellent material for holding heat and a great material for cooking steak. If you’ve cooked on cast iron, you know how well it fits the heat!
Seating your steaks in a hot pan with high-heat oil is best. This will give them a nice crust on the outside while leaving them tender inside.
Put your meat on the grill and keep it there until you’re ready to eat.
Cast iron is a good heat conductor, and it’s also a good heat insulator. This means the food you cook on cast iron will stay warm longer than if you used another material. The result is that your steak will dry out slowly when cooked over indirect heat.
Cast iron also has an excellent ability to retain heat, which means even if it gets cold in the middle of cooking your steak or other meat—or even during preheating—you can still keep cooking without having to re-heat your pan or panini press (which would cause uneven heating).
Use a thermometer to gauge the doneness of your meat.
You can use a thermometer to gauge the doneness of your steak. A meat thermometer is a handy tool that allows you to check the temperature of your cooking. They’re also great for checking the temperature of chicken and other meats, so if you want to be sure that your chicken is cooked correctly, use one!
Cast iron keeps food hot and holds heat better than any other material.
Cast iron is an excellent material for cooking. It’s durable, easy to clean, and requires little maintenance. The best part? It holds heat better than any other material and doesn’t require seasoning like other metals (which means you don’t have to worry about rust).
Cast iron can be used in the oven, stovetop (or even directly over an open fire). Cast iron also works well with cast-iron skillets because they’re nonstick; food cooks faster and more evenly than if you used your typical stainless steel skillet or pan.
Butterfly steak tips
After you’ve cooked your steak to the degree of doneness you like (details in a later post), place the meat on a platter or cutting board, cover it with foil and let it sit for 10–15 minutes while it brings up to temperature.
Then slice thinly against the grain so your meat will be tender but not mushy.
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