Often an expensive treat, it is essential to cook steak quickly and carefully. Depending on the cut and thickness of the steak and personal preference, cooking times will vary. Our cooking guidelines are based on a 1 inch thick piece of meat.
As a general guide:
Rare: 2 minutes each side
Medium rare: 3 minutes each side
Medium: 4 minutes each side
Well done: 6 minutes each side
Always allow the meat to come to room temperature to ensure even cooking.
Resist the urge to repeatedly turn the meat during cooking – this will lower the temperature of the pan and prevent the steak from colouring properly.
Don’t overcrowd the pan – if you only have a small pan, cook steaks separately as the pan needs to retain its heat.
A nice accompaniment to pan-fried steak can either be chips like Josh Eggleton's recipe or a fresh green salad.