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How can I fry steak so that it is soft and tender?
Cooking 2010/09/30 Posted by Teko Mokoena
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To ensure that your fried steak is soft and tender, follow this basic steps:

Step 1 – Prepare the steaks
  • Allow to come to room temperature (for about 20 minutes).
  • If bought from mail order, defrost overnight in a refrigerator, in original packaging and pat dry.

Step 2 – Preheat your pan
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan over a high heat until hot, but not smoking. (If the pan is too hot, the outside will burn before the inside is done, too cold, and your steaks will be tough).
  • Brush the steaks with oil (to avoid using too much), or pour a little oil into the pan, and season if desired. (Canola or groundnut oil is best, but olive oil is fine too.)
  • When you place the steaks in the pan, a "sizzle" will tell you if it’s hot enough.

Step 3 – Cook to your liking
  • For a medium steak: Cook on one side without touching for 3-4 minutes, then reduce to a medium heat and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Gently turn the steak over with a pair of tongs (don’t pierce it, or the juices will escape), and cook for a further 6 minutes. (You can vary the times here if you prefer a rare or well-done steak.)
  • To test for doneness, press the steak gently with the tip of your finger. Rare should be soft and supple, well done firm, and medium in between.

Step 4 – Rest your steaks
  • Resting is just as important as cooking, as it allows the meat to become warm, moist and tender all the way through.
  • Remove from the pan, place on a rack and cover with foil and leave in a warm place for up to 10 minutes. Remember it is always better to over-rest your steaks than to under-rest them. Resting helps the meat to achieve the full flavour and tenderness.

2010/12/07 Posted by kwetha.co.ke
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