Cooking Steak in a Saute Pan Made Simple
You will need:
1 steak (sirloin or better)
1 cup mushrooms (sliced)
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs butter
1 tbs corn starch
Garlic (strongly suggested)
1 pair of tongs (optional)
Cooking steak in a pan is a very simple process. Do not be scared about cooking steak on the big night. If you follow these simple steps, the process will be extremely easy.
First, make sure your steak is at room temperature. If your steak is cold from the fridge, it will take longer to cook, and it will also cook unevenly. You don’t want your steak to be burnt on the outside and cold in the center!
Peal your garlic and chop it up during this time. I strongly suggest using garlic in almost everything you cook, as garlic simply takes food to another dimension when you use it, especially in sauté recipes.
Let your pan get nice and hot. If there is no heat in the pan, there will be no color on your steak, and if there’s no color there will be no flavor! I like to use a nice, thick, non-stick sauté pan, which makes cooking anything from omelets to salmon so much more efficient.
Put in your olive oil and your optional garlic. When the oil just starts to smoke, lay your steaks right on down and listen to the sizzle. If your steak is not sizzling, the oil is still not heated enough. Add the mushrooms in with the steak and cook them together.
Cook the steak for at least 3 minutes on each side for a good medium rare. It is really important that you do not touch the steak, turn the steak, or cut into the steak during these minutes. Leave your steak alone when one side is cooking! Once one side of the steak is done, flip it over with tongs or a spatula, and cook it for another 3 minutes. After that time, remove your steak and let it rest on a plate for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Make sure to leave your mushrooms and garlic in the pan. While your steak is resting, you will be adding the finishing touches to your mushrooms and sauce. Use a spatula, and get the mushrooms nicely coated with the meat bits, oil, and garlic in the pan. Mix the corn starch into your pan, and stir it around until the sauce begins to thicken. Add butter and let it melt. Cook the combined mixture for 2 minutes and serve it over the steak right away. Enjoy!