14 oz. Delmonico with five spice pepper rub accompanied by fresh vegetables and garlic- rosemary roasted potatoes at Fireside Tavern, Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret, CT on June 9, 2013. Photo by Lisa Wiltse (Photo by Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Oily Mistake You're Making With Steak
A sizzling, perfectly cooked steak is the ultimate indulgence for meat lovers. Whether you're grilling, pan-frying, or even air frying, are some tried and true rules to follow for a perfect meaty dinner at home, yet there's one major mistake that many home cooks may not realize they're making.
When cooking on the stovetop, you likely pour oil directly into your skillet, but you should really oil the steak itself instead. Too much oil in the pan makes it difficult for the steak to cook evenly and hinders the development of a nicely browned crust; a light coat of oil on the meat is the perfect amount, and results in less spattering as well.
To try this technique, lay the steak on a plate, coat it with oil, massage the oil into the meat, then add it to a pan that is scorching hot, so that the steak immediately sizzles; the heat helps you achieve a nice, crisp outer layer. Also, the steak will continue to cook even when it's removed from the heat, so let it rest to keep the juices in.