27 Dec Sizzling Secrets: Mastering 5 Prime Steaks Doneness Levels
Choosing the ideal doneness for your prime steaks is an art. Whether you’re a fan of the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of rare steak or prefer the hearty, fully-cooked experience of well done, we’ve got the tips and techniques to help you master the art of cooking steak to perfection. Let’s explore each doneness level.
Degree of Doneness
Cooking times often refer to the method of preparation for your steaks. Although cooking a steak may seem like a walk in the park, there are a few things to remember. Your steak and how it cooks well depends on certain factors; these factors are:
● The size of your steak
● The shape of your steak
● The type of steak
Once you can determine these factors, remember to use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy, and adjust cooking times based on the thickness of the steak:
● Rare – 125 °F
● Medium rare – 135 °F
● Medium – 145 °F
● Medium well – 150 °F
● Well done – 160 °F
Rare Steaks (125°F)
A rare steak is only cooked for a short while; this type of steak has a red and juicy center. Ensure your steak reaches an internal temperature of 125 degrees before taking it out and letting it rest.
- Sear the steak on high heat for about 1-2 minutes per side.
- Finish cooking in an oven preheated to 275°F until the internal temperature reaches 125°F.
- Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing.
Medium Rare Steaks (135°F)
This type of steak sits longer than that of a rare steak. This steak has a red center with dark pink edges, which has a soft texture once you remove it from the heat. Try:
- Sear the steak on high heat for about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to a 325°F oven until the internal temperature reaches 135°F.
- Allow the steak to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Medium Steaks (145°F)
This steak has a bit of redness in the center, resulting in a nice tender steak. Cooking a medium steak will give you a pink center and lighter pink edges. Try:
- Sear the steak on high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side.
- Finish cooking in a 350°F oven until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.
- Rest the steak before slicing to retain juices.
Medium Well Steaks (150°F)
Within a medium steak lies a slightly pink center with no more color on the edges. This steak should be cooked until it reaches 145 degrees before removing it from the heat. Try:
- Sear the steak on high heat for about 4-5 minutes per side.
- Place it in a 375°F oven until the internal temperature reaches 150°F.
- Let it rest for a shorter period to preserve some juiciness.
Well Done Steaks (160°F)
A well-done steak will have no pink or red centers to it. Once you serve, this desired doneness will have the meat cooked to a chewy and dry texture with a subtle juiciness. Try:
- Sear the steak on high heat for about 5-6 minutes per side.
- Transfer it to a 400°F oven until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.
- Keep in mind that well-done steaks may be drier, so consider marinating or using a more tender cut.
Recommended Prime Steaks Cooking Methods
Cooking your steaks will take time and effort, depending on where you cook your steaks. However, there is more than one way to cook your steaks. How well you cook them will determine your desired doneness and the different tastes you will produce once you finish cooking them. Here are a few examples of other cooking methods to try out with your steaks:
- Reverse sear
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