Different Ways to Cook a Steak

Steak is most commonly associated with grilling, but there is actually a variety of different ways to prepare a steak. The way that steak is prepared, seasoned, and cooked affects the taste more than one would think. Some methods take much more time than others, so keep that in mind when deciding which method to use and if you don’t feel like cooking stop by your local steakhouse.

Grilling is many people’s go-to method when it comes to cooking steak. It is a quick, simple way to prepare a steak that leaves a minimal mess to clean up. However, when it comes to grilling, the big debate is which type of grill to use. The main types of grills are gas and propane, charcoal, pellet, and wood fire.

  • Gas and propane grills are the most common in US households. They are easy to use and heat up fast, which is helpful when you’re in a hurry. Many gas grills also include a variety of accessories which add to the grilling experience. The downside of using a gas grill is that there isn’t as much flavor added to steak, as compared to cooking on a charcoal or pellet grill.
  • Charcoal grills are also a popular option and are easy to use. A benefit of using a charcoal grill is that it adds a smoky, rich flavor to your steak. Charcoal grills take longer to heat up than a gas grill, but the temperature can still be adjusted using the vents.
  • Grills that use pellets are a fairly newer cooking option. This type of cooking combines smoking and grilling for a unique hybrid flavor. These grills are most commonly used for longer cooking times, but are still a fairly quick option for cooking steak.
  • The final type of grilling is wood fire cooking. Grilling on a wood fire can be more difficult to get the hang of. It is important to not let it burn too hot or get too smoky, which can ruin the steak. Nevertheless, with some practice and full on attention to the wood fire, this can be a flavorful alternative to the other methods of grilling.

Other than grilling, cooking steak on the stove top in a cast-iron pan is an option. This is great when the weather is bad or you just don’t want to go outside to cook. In the cast-iron pan, you can pan fry the steak in oil, or even better, butter. If you want more of a butter steak, add more butter while cooking the steak. Another method to cook steak on the stove top is to deep-fry it in oil.

A different grilling method that takes more time, but produces an evenly cooked steak is the reverse sear. This is a combination of slowly cooking the steak in an oven, or the cold side of the grill, and then moving it to a hot grill to sear it. This method reduces the moisture loss and creates a juicer result.

Other than the traditional coal grilling technique, you can even cook steak right on the coals. One method is to cook the steak in a cloth on the coals and the other way is to put the steak directly on the hot coals. This cooking method creates a robust and earthy char to the meat. Using only natural chunk charcoal is recommended when you put the steak directly on the coals.

The final method includes, but is not limited to, cooking the steak in the oven by broiling it. This can be slightly more difficult than searing it on a stove top or grill since the temperature of the oven needs to be extremely hot. Nevertheless, this is an easy and quick option.

All of these methods are possible to try out at home, and who knows, you may even discover a new favorite method for cooking steak. On the other hand, if you’d rather have someone prepare it for you stop by Shooters, a Rapid City steakhouse, and experience the wood fire cooking technique for yourself.