Sep 03, 2021
By: George Steckel
After spending the day with Sean Brock, you learn way more about cooking and food than you could ever imagine. After all, he isn’t an 11-time James Beard Award Nominee and 2-time Winner for nothing. Chef Brock obsesses over everything that goes into his kitchen, whether that’s his ingredients or
the tools he uses
. When talking about cooking steak, he said there are three necessary things to make sure you have before diving in.
First is the steak. Whether that’s a Ribeye, NY Strip, or Hanger steak, pick something with good marbling and
from a trusty butcher shop
. The second necessary ingredient is extra flavor. Chef Brock likes to do this in the form of butter, garlic, and herbs, such as thyme and rosemary. And lastly, what you cook your steak in matters. He likes to use our
Stainless Clad Frying Pan
. That’s right: not cast iron, but stainless clad.
What makes our Stainless Clad Cookware stand out is its ability to get hot and retain its heat. It also responds to changes in heat exceptionally well. If you’re wondering why this is important, let us show you, by teaching you how to cook a steak like some of the best chefs in the world.
The first step is to get your Stainless Clad Frying Pan super hot to get an initial sear on your steak. Medium-high heat is perfect since your Stainless Clad Cookware will keep its heat when it’s on the heat source. Season your steak with salt and pepper, then pat it dry, eliminating excess moisture the salt may have brought out
Moisture is the enemy of achieving a hard sear, as it will steam when it makes contact with the pan.
Sear your steak for around 3-4 minutes per side. The timing will vary depending on the thickness of your steak, but be sure to look for a deeply caramelized crust. After your steak has achieved a golden sear on both sides, you are ready to add your butter and aromatics.
If you were to add butter to the pan right away, it would burn in a matter of seconds. Turn your heat from medium-high to medium. If you’re using Stainless Clad, you’ll notice how quickly it responds to the change in temperature. This will make a world of difference, as the butter will start to melt, sizzle ever so slightly, and develop a rich caramelized flavor that absorbs the flavor of your herbs and garlic.
To baste your steak, use a spoon and follow the curvature of the pan and pick up the butter and spoon it on top of the steak. Not only does this add a new dimension of flavor to your steak, but it also slowly cooks the meat, allowing the hot butter to infuse itself, producing a wonderfully juicy and tender steak.
Basting is done in every professional kitchen imaginable and is a great way for home cooks to add more depth of flavor to their meals. By using a pan that responds to change in temperature extremely quickly, you can have total control of your ingredients, and cook like the best chefs on the planet.