Unless you are vegetarian, just about everyone I know enjoys a great tasting steak! However, it can take some practice to deliver that same amazing steakhouse taste when you are cooking it yourself. In this post, you’ll find all of the resources you need to cook the perfect steak!
Before we dive into the details on cooking the perfect steak, let’s first talk about all of the goodness that comes from a steak.
Benefits of Eating Steak
There are a lot of misconception about eating red meat, steak in particular. While red meat does tend to contain higher amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol than it white meat counterpart, choosing leaner cuts of red meat can minimize this quite a bit.
Most people don’t know the difference between all of the cuts of meat and which would be suited for an awesome steak. You can always ask the fine folks at the meat counter of your grocery store, they will guide you in the right direction. You can also use the infographic below to determine which cuts of beef come from where as well as the best ways to cook that cut of beef.
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Of course when you think of steak, you think; “Mmmmm…protein!” and beef provides a significant amount of protein per serving. A typical 6 oz steak has roughly 42 grams of protein and most cuts of beef contain about 7 grams of protein per ounce.
Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a “macronutrient”. But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein directly (it is first broken down into amino acids), and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.
The recommended protein intake for a sedentary, generally healthy adult is 0.8 grams of protein per kg (2.2lbs) of body mass. This equates to roughly 55 grams of protein per day for a 150 lb individual.
Keep in mind this is a minimum level of protein intake in order to prevent protein deficiency.
Many experts agree that a higher amount of protein intake in necessary to sustain immune function, metabolism, satiety, weight management and performance. With this in mind, a recommended amount of protein should be closer to 1 – 1.25 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. Using the same example from above; a 150 lb individual would require 150-187 grams of protein on a daily basis.
Want some ideas on how/where to get quality protein?
Check out 33 Different Ways to 25 Grams of Protein.
One of the best health benefits of beef meat is that it contains a substantial amount of heme iron. Heme iron is the most bioavailable form of iron, and meat and other animal foods exclusively contain it. Consuming more beef can help prevent iron deficiency anemia.
According to Examine.com, leaner cuts of beef contain 5 g of creatine per 1.1 kg or 2.15-2.5 g of creatine per lb. So…obviously not a ton of creatine is found in your average 6 oz steak. Meaning you would likely need to supplement creatine or eat A LOT of steak daily… However, the health benefits that creatine bring include;
- Improved exercise performance
- Creatine assists in muscle growth and development
- Provides muscles with greater energy supply and improves endurance
- Increased muscular size
Ready to Enjoy a Perfectly Cooked Steak?
Check out the video below, where Gordon Ramsey shows us how to cook the perfect steak with minimal effort and see just how easy it can be to wow your family with an awesome tasting steak even if you don’t consider yourself a gourmet chef!
FYI: You can use the same principles that are mentioned in the video below on a charcoal/gas grill as well! Just make sure that you monitor your cook time and your temperature you avoid overcooking your steak. Always have a good thermometer on hand such as an instant read thermometer for quick readouts for thinner pieces of meat or the iGrill for longer cook times or to monitor several pieces at once.
Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course is about giving home cooks the desire, confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking, with over 120 modern, simple and accessible recipes. The ultimate reference bible, it’s a lifetime’s worth of expertise from one of the world’s finest chefs distilled into a beautiful book.
The Ultimate Steak Guide
The video above gave you a little bit of guidance on how to check for doneness of a steak by using your hand for comparison. That may not be be enough for some, so I have included a handy infographic that gives you some additional details on how to cook the perfect steak.
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Head over to the recipe section of this website for several options to serve with your perfectly cooked steak.
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