5 Tips for Cooking Steak

These steak secrets guarantee a juicy, flavorful meal every time.

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  • Take the steak out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring it to room temperature. It will brown better and cook faster and more evenly. Plus, a rare steak won’t end up cold in the center.
  • Fully preheat the grill, skillet, or broiler to the desired temperature. This will help you get a better sear, which locks in juices.
  • Pat the steak dry with a paper towel before cooking (another way to ensure a good sear).
  • Wait to season the steak until just before you cook it. If you season ahead of time, the salt will draw out some juices.
  • Use generous amounts of kosher salt and cracked (or butcher’s grind) black pepper to get the most flavorful crust.