Cooking The Best Medium-Rare Steak

The Right Cut

Medium-rare fillet, ribeye, top sirloin, and flatiron. Soft and mild low-marbled fillet mignon. Marbling makes ribeye juicier. 

Steak temperature

Bring meat to room temperature before cooking. Meaning? Even-heat. Hot cold meat? Exterior seams.


Cook stove-to-oven steaks evenly. Prepare. Sear-and-bake pan for meat. Cast-iron preferred. Bitman? NYT It's like cooking steak. Cast-iron seals evenly. TIP? S&P. Griddle.


Pan-frying prepares medium-rare steak without an oven. Hotspots on stoves and cookware may need competence. Ready? Regulated. 

The sous vide 

Sous vide cooks meat in water (Serious Eats). Simple. A water-heating immersion circulator. Meat-herb seal. Flavors meat. 

The reverse sear

Backsear. Steak-to-oven? Overcook. Chef Jessica Gavin handles temperature, crust, and meat. 

Butter basting 

Meat-braise. Basic flavour, nice smells, and fatty richness. "Serious Eats" recommends pouring heated fat over steaks. 

Temperature Gauge

Thermometer. SteakU recommends 130F. Bad: surgery. Fluids smeared. Deflation. Roasting beef complicates things. 

touch technique

Steak experts master the touch method. You may feel the steak for medium-rareness. Medium-rare? U-Steak "Medium-rare steak gives.

Let it rest

Burgers! Steak! Resting steak. Bearded butchers recommend resting steak. Why? Cooking reduces steak juices. Meat cooling spreads liquids. Rapidly-hardening flesh. Marrow Coke-bottled.

Cut the meat

Rest steak. Steaks might be family-style or decorative. Steak trim. Time-wasting steak errors. Taste of Home thinks temperature is key. Fearless. .

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