How to test steak is done


Video guide to testing steak is done

Everybody loves a steak cooked on the barbecue, they take on all the flavour from the smoky coals and they're very, very easy to cook. But you know how it can be, some people want them rare, medium rare or even well done, so there's a few different tips I can show you to get it just right.

I've got two fantastic rib-eyes here, beautifully marbled, and it's that fat that will drip through and keep them lovely and moist on the barbecue.

Preparing the steaks

Now, they've been out of the fridge for about 20-30 minutes, to bring them to temperature so they cook nice and evenly and all I've done is cover them with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper on both sides, which I did last minute so it doesn't draw too much of that moisture out. You know what? When the steaks are this good, you don't need anything else.

Barbecueing the steaks

So let's get them on the barbecue. I've got a pair of long-handled tongs here and the coals are really white hot, so they're just perfect for cooking. Now you want to leave them to sear, don't flip them, and then when they're ready, turn them over only once so the juices stay within the steak and they're perfect to eat.

These are cooking beautifully. Don't be alarmed by any flames, it's just a bit of the fat dripping down onto the coals, just keep an eye on it, but it's nothing to worry about at all.

So, how long do you cook the steaks for? The general rule is if they're about one and a half centimetres thick, you want to do about one, one and a half minutes each side for rare, two to three for medium and three to four minutes each side for well done. But if your steaks are a little thicker, like we've got here, say two to three centimetres, you want to give them two to three minutes each side for rare, three to four each side for medium and four to five minutes each side for well done.

These are looking fantastic, they're ready to turn now. I'll turn them over with these tongs, beautiful. There we go, lovely and sizzling.

Testing steaks are done

The other way to test when steaks are done is by using your hands. If you touch your thumb against your index finger, like this, and just touch the soft part here, you get the same feeling as a rare steak. So just get your tongs, give them a press, and if they feel the same, you've got rare.

Now, if you touch your middle finger, it firms up a little bit, it slightly changes, and that'll give you medium rare; touch your ring finger, there, gives you medium; and with your little finger, that's exactly the same as well done. Very simple, give it a practise and it'll work every time.

Now you want to avoid cutting them to see whether they're cooked or not because you'll lose some of the juices and they can go a bit tough. So I want my steaks medium rare, these look absolutely perfectly done to me so I'm just going to take them off the barbecue and put them onto a warm plate that I've got to the side and just let them rest, very happily, for about five minutes so that all the juices relax and they're beautiful and succulent when you eat them.

Follow these few simple tips and you'll have the perfect steak every single time. Enjoy.

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