If you can manage to master the secrets to a perfectly grilled steak you’ll be able to prepare mouth-watering steak savoury dishes. Interestingly, although steak is one of the most common food items that people love to eat, it’s not always easy to achieve mouth-watering results. Now you can.

Secrets to a Perfectly Grilled Steak

First, start with the best cut of steak you can afford. Some parts are naturally more tender than others, and the pricier cuts are usually the most tender. Even though they may cost a bit more per pound, cooking the perfect steak is easier when you start with the best cut of meat possible. Once you bring the meat home, follow these steps to get a perfectly grilled steak every time.

1. Tenderize

The first step in grilling a steak is to tenderize it. Meat fibres can sometimes be chewy and tough, even with very good cuts of beef. You’ll need to tenderize the meat first by loosening the molecular connections in the meat before moving on to the next step. There are a few different ways to tenderize. You can purchase a tenderizing packet from the grocery store, do it manually with a meat tenderizer hammer, or make your own tenderizer at home. But don’t skip this step, or you won’t end up with a perfectly grilled steak.

2. Bring it to Room Temperature

The last thing you want to do with a steak is tossed it on the grill right after you’ve taken it out of the fridge. If you do that, you’ll end up with a steak that’s crusty on the outside and raw in the middle. Instead, allow it to come to room temperature for about an hour before grilling. To do this, just set it on the counter and cover with plastic wrap. Bringing it to room temperature also helps expand the cells of the meat so the steak will cook evenly.

3. Season

Season the meat with salt and pepper. The quality of the salt and pepper matters, too. Opt for sea salt if possible. Use large pepper granules to ensure that the flavour is detectable when serving. You can add other seasonings as desired, too, such as any of the commercial brands on the market. If you do use a commercial seasoning for your steak, be sure that the seasonings complement the dish that you’ll be using the steak in.

4. Turn Only Once

The biggest mistake people make when grilling steak is to keep turning it over and over. This can make the steak end up very dry. For the juiciest results, grill the steak on one side. When it’s halfway done, turn it over. Now you can serve as it is, or use the steak as an ingredient in a savoury dish.

Savoury Steak Recipe

This savoury steak recipe is ideal for lunch or supper.

Ingredients:

Steak, sliced into long, thin pieces

1 red pepper, sliced into long, thin pieces

1 small onion, sliced into long, thin pieces

2 slices provolone cheese

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 sandwich baguette, toasted and sliced in two

Cook the pepper and onion until tender

Spread the mayonnaise on the baguette

Lay the steak inside the baguette

Add the sautéed pepper and onion

Top with provolone cheese

Place in a toaster oven long enough for the cheese to melt

Serve warm

You can use your new steak grilling techniques to make a wide range of savoury steak dishes. There’s almost no limit to the number of recipes in which you can use steak.