In the Kitchen

It’s Time to Learn How to Sear the Perfect Steak

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A perfectly seared steak is a lot easier to make than you might think. Skip going out and follow our steps to get a crispy and juicy cut.

2 Steaks (6oz)
Salt & pepper
Olive oil

Recipe tips

  • To achieve the best sear on your steak, be sure it is very dry and the pan is hot enough. Tell-tale signs of perfect steak-searing conditions: Oil is shimmering, pan is just smoking, and you hear a sizzling sound when the steak hits the pan.
  • Prefer your steak a little less rare? Let it sear a little longer, 5-7 minutes per side, until medium. Searing meat builds flavor. The surface begins to caramelize as soon as it touches the hot pan, creating a deeply savory flavor. To get the best sear on your steak, be sure it’s dry, the pan is hot, and the oil is shimmering.

Let steak come to room temp. (around 30 min) before cooking.

Place pan over high heat (and we mean high!) you should start to see the pan smoking, then reduce to medium-high. Pat steak dry to get as dry as possible. Season steak all over with salt and pepper.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan, wait until oil is shimmering. Add steak to pan, you should hear the sizzle! Don’t move it—let sit for 4–5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and let steak rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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