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Resting steaks

hounddoghounddog Posts: 126
edited 7:41PM in EggHead Forum
Hey, I tried the method of searing a steak one minute per side, resting it for 20 minutes, then finishing it at a lower temperature fire.[p]My conclusion -- I will add an extra 45 minutes cooking time to every time I have steak. The result was noticeably superior.[p]My wife thought I was nuts until she tasted it. Then she started having opinions about how maybe we let it rest an hour etc.[p]If you haven't tried this and you like a tender steak try it.


  • RRPRRP Posts: 16,143
    hounddog, ah...another convert to the TRex method as I'm sold on that method too!
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  • Lawn RangerLawn Ranger Posts: 5,466
    Did the same thing just last night, except I did it at 750 for 2 min. and then the 20 min. rest. You're right, there is a noticeable difference. We learn something new all the time, right?

  • TRexTRex Posts: 2,708
    hounddog,[p]Glad this method gave you good results. I experimented a bit with how long to rest the meat, thinking initially, like your wife, that if 20 minutes of resting makes this steak this much more tender, what would 30 minutes or an hour do? [p]I tried a range of resting times, from 5 to 45 minutes, and concluded that 20 minutes was the ideal resting time. Pretty consistently, I found that if I rested the steak for any time over 20 minutes, juices starting seeping out of the meat. [p]Times when I have been in a crunch I've done 15 instead of 20, and have still been happy with the results, although the 20 minute rest is still optimal.[p]Happy resting![p]TRex
  • KipKip Posts: 87
    I'm going to give it a try tonight with strip steaks. To go over this again, sear 2 minutes per side, rest 20, then 400 until desired temp? Thanks TREX.[p]Kip

  • KipKip Posts: 87
    And do you flip it during the lower temp cook?[p]Thanks.[p]Kip

  • TRexTRex Posts: 2,708
    Kip,[p]I do a 90 second sear on both sides at 800, rest for 20 minutes, then cook at 400 until desired temp, flipping once. It's usually about 4-5 minutes per side for a 2" thick steak to achieve medium-rare.[p]Good luck![p]TRex
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