How do you like your steak?

I like mine...

  • Blue Rare

    Votes: 7 3.7%
  • Rare

    Votes: 24 12.6%
  • Medium Rare

    Votes: 79 41.4%
  • Medium

    Votes: 33 17.3%
  • Medium Well

    Votes: 22 11.5%
  • Well Done

    Votes: 11 5.8%
  • I don't eat steak

    Votes: 15 7.9%

  • Total voters
    191

acidfast7

macrumors 65816
Nov 22, 2008
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Rare, although I find lesser restaurants in the US hesitate to provide it, but over here I don't have a problem.

However the cost is much different, as a 500g sirloin and two beers tends to run around 500SEK or about 70-75 USD, so they tend to keep in rare, if you want it rare.
 

KnightWRX

macrumors Pentium
Jan 28, 2009
15,046
4
Quebec, Canada
blue rare difficult to chew ? These people have never had a proper steak and it shows.

Steak should be cooked 15-30 seconds per side, on the hottest grills you can.

Anything else is over-cooking the meat and a sin.
 

bmacir

macrumors 6502
Apr 2, 2009
329
27
I like my stake extremely rare :p and I don't think it's difficult to chew. Actually it's the contrary. The more you cook it the more it's difficult to chew.
 

juanm

macrumors 68000
May 1, 2006
1,576
2,994
Fury 161
Medium-well to Well done, unless the meat is of the very best quality, in which case I don't mind going as far as medium rare or even rare.
 

Chundles

macrumors G4
Jul 4, 2005
11,978
422
Medium-Rare. Then, if it comes out rare, no problem, if it comes out medium-rare I can order rare next time. If it comes out medium then there won't be a next time.
 

bartelby

macrumors Core
Jun 16, 2004
19,795
33
Barely cooked is my preference.

My favourite is to marinade a steak, in my own version of teriyaki style marinade, for 24 hours. Get a pan as hot as possible sear one side and remove. Let the pan get back to temp and sear the other side. Then eat.

Total cooking time less than 1 minute.
 

acidfast7

macrumors 65816
Nov 22, 2008
1,437
5
EU
Barely cooked is my preference.

My favourite is to marinade a steak, in my own version of teriyaki style marinade, for 24 hours. Get a pan as hot as possible sear one side and remove. Let the pan get back to temp and sear the other side. Then eat.

Total cooking time less than 1 minute.
Baby Jesus weeps when a steak is marinaded for 24h.

Just a slight oil rub with some fresh sea salt (from the Baltic), some lightly crushed Black pepper (from Borneo when possible), homegrown spices and a slight pan fry in my best cast iron and presto!

Why would I want a beautiful steak to take like sweet soy sauce?

:confused:

:(
 

iBlue

macrumors Core
Mar 17, 2005
19,182
15
London, England
Are all the down-votes because the posts are undercooked?


Truth spoken. When we have steak at Ma and Pa Cake's house, there's grumbling because they prefer it extremely well done and I cause havoc with the cooking times. Heh.
It's weird how many people have become accustomed to what I think is very overdone meat. My only guess is that they are applying chicken and pork "never leave pink" logic to beef. I marinate steak for 8-24 hours and sear, leaving each side on the pan for about a minute and it's done.
My in-laws have been serving overcooked beef since I've known them. It's like leather! :/ It took quite some time for me to convince e that there's a better way but he's a convert now.
 

Fresh Tendrils

macrumors regular
May 14, 2011
124
0
Medium, though I would eat anything from medium-rare to well done. And if I'm cooking at home I'll usually put it in a sandwich with cheese and onion, [and HP sauce if there's any in the cupboard]. Oh, and a guinness :p
 

KnightWRX

macrumors Pentium
Jan 28, 2009
15,046
4
Quebec, Canada
Just a slight oil rub with some fresh sea salt (from the Baltic), some lightly crushed Black pepper (from Borneo when possible), homegrown spices and a slight pan fry in my best cast iron and presto!
Want a tuxedo for your cow too ? Montreal Steak Spice mix (big grain salt, big grain cornpepper, garlic powder and dried chilis) and Oregano is the best thing. It's a bloody dead cow, no need to go all fancy on it.

Why would I want a beautiful steak to take like sweet soy sauce?
Sweet soy sauce ? If I marinade my steak, it's usually in big brown texas style smoky BBQ sauce. No sweet soy sauce taste there, just big tomato/brown sugar/molasse taste with a big smoky finish. Drops down cooking time too since a good 2 hour marinade (no need to do it looger) will start the cooking process, so you can really fire up those grills, get them to close to 700, char the top and bottom so quick no one knows what happened.
 

kalsta

macrumors 68000
May 17, 2010
1,543
157
Australia
Steak should be cooked 15-30 seconds per side, on the hottest grills you can.

Anything else is over-cooking the meat and a sin.
You've obviously never eaten a Hog’s Breath Cafe prime rib steak. They slow cook it for 18 hours before high temperature searing, and it is one of the best steaks you're ever likely to try—juicy, tender, full of flavour. I order this as it comes, which is medium rare, but if I'm somewhere where the quality is unknown, I'll order medium.
 

SuperCachetes

macrumors 6502a
Nov 28, 2010
847
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Away from you
Sorry, but I am one of the "medium-well" types.

I know there is almost no relation whatsoever between a steak and ground beef, but one particularly violent episode of hamburger-induced food poisoning 10 years ago left me traumatized enough to look on all cow meat the same, right or wrong.
 

acidfast7

macrumors 65816
Nov 22, 2008
1,437
5
EU
Want a tuxedo for your cow too ? Montreal Steak Spice mix (big grain salt, big grain cornpepper, garlic powder and dried chilis) and Oregano is the best thing. It's a bloody dead cow, no need to go all fancy on it.
Not trying to be fancypants, but both Baltic sea salt and Borneo black pepper are available at most decent markets and aren't much more expensive than standard stuff (less than 2x) and it makes a world of difference (the big salt flakes make less surface contact and therefore dry the meat less, while retaining a salty taste.)

Sweet soy sauce ? If I marinade my steak, it's usually in big brown texas style smoky BBQ sauce. No sweet soy sauce taste there, just big tomato/brown sugar/molasse taste with a big smoky finish. Drops down cooking time too since a good 2 hour marinade (no need to do it looger) will start the cooking process, so you can really fire up those grills, get them to close to 700, char the top and bottom so quick no one knows what happened.
I referring to the reply that suggested Teriyaki marinade, which is a sweat soy sauce. I can't think of anything worse on a steak. I think homemade BBQ sauce is excellent, not really on steaks, but more on certain types of smoked brisket. But, not everyone can have a smoker, and they're really uncommon here due to the cost of the meat.

The person that suggested Ketchup gets bonus points for being so ridiculous, not even an attempt at being fancy, it is actually quite commendable. I used to do that as a kid as well, because my parents didn't know any better.
 
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