Pan-frying a steak is a simple, delicious, and quick way to prepare a mouthwatering meal. Using high-quality, grass fed beef from Acabonac Farms not only ensures a tastier result but also supports a regenerative approach to agriculture that is beneficial for the environment. In this post, we'll guide you through the process of pan-frying a steak to perfection, along with a few recipe ideas to try.
Selecting the Right Steak:
Choosing the right steak is crucial for pan-frying success. Tender cuts with a good amount of marbling work best for this method. Acabonac Farms offers a variety of options, such as:
Before cooking your steak, let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes to ensure even cooking. Pat the steak dry with paper towel to remove excess moisture, as this helps create a better sear. Season both sides of the steak generously with salt and pepper, or try one of the following simple seasoning blends:
- Garlic and Herb: Combine minced garlic, chopped fresh rosemary and thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Lemon Pepper: Mix lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, and salt.
- Spicy Cajun: Combine paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, and salt.
- Choose a heavy-bottomed skillet or cast-iron pan that can retain and distribute heat evenly. Heat the pan over medium-high heat until hot.
- Add a high smoke-point oil (such as avocado, grapeseed, or vegetable oil) to the pan, coating the surface evenly. Allow the oil to heat until it begins to shimmer.
- Carefully place the seasoned steak in the pan, using tongs to avoid splattering. Press the steak gently to ensure even contact with the pan.
- Cook the steak without moving it for 3-4 minutes, or until it develops a golden-brown crust. Use tongs to flip the steak and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, depending on your desired doneness.
- For added flavor, you can also add a few tablespoons of butter, along with crushed garlic cloves or herbs (like rosemary or thyme) to the pan during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Spoon the melted butter over the steak as it cooks.
- Check the internal temperature of the steak using an instant-read thermometer. The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°F for medium-rare, but you can adjust based on your preference:
- Rare: 120-130°F
- Medium-rare: 130-135°F
- Medium: 135-145°F
- We do not recommend cooking grass fed meat past medium
Pan-fried steak is delicious on its own, but you can also pair it with a variety of sides and sauces for an even more satisfying meal. Here are some suggestions to try:
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Creamy and flavorful, garlic mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that perfectly complements a pan-fried steak.
- Sautéed Vegetables: Cook your favorite seasonal vegetables (such as asparagus, green beans, or bell peppers) in the same pan as the steak to absorb the delicious flavors.
- Chimichurri Sauce: This zesty and fresh Argentinian sauce made with parsley, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil adds a bright note to your steak.
- Red Wine Reduction: Simmer red wine, beef broth, and shallots in a saucepan until reduced by half, then whisk in butter for a rich and flavorful sauce.
- Peppercorn Sauce: Create a creamy sauce by simmering crushed peppercorns, beef broth, heavy cream, and a splash of brandy or cognac in a saucepan.
- Balsamic Glaze: Drizzle a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze over your steak for an extra layer of flavor.
Pan-frying a steak is an excellent way to enjoy a delicious and satisfying meal at home. By using high-quality, 100% grass-fed beef from Acabonac Farms, you can enjoy a more flavorful and nutrient-dense steak while supporting environmentally friendly practices. With a variety of seasoning options and sides, you can customize your pan-fried steak experience to suit your preferences. Happy cooking!