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Perfect steak -- finally!

A Fish Called Wanda Sep 8, 2006 01:50 AM

Dear hounds,

Thanks to all your tips and explanations I have finally made a perfect steak.

The short story is: Sear on the outside. Cool 10 minutes, finish in 250F oven for 10 minutes per inch of thickness (roughly). Perfectly medium-rare from the surface to the center. I have only tried it on hanger steak so far, but the results were fantastic. I am sure the same technique can apply to other cuts with adjustments in timing.

The long story, pictures, etc:

Thanks so much for all your help in this matter. I realize that I am pathologically picky and no cookbook helped me nearly as much as all your advice.


  1. Pei Sep 8, 2006 02:15 AM

    Beautiful! Try skirt steak some time; it's one of my favorite cuts and would be a beautiful sub for that hangar.

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      Bobfrmia Sep 8, 2006 03:41 AM

      Had a hanger steak once. Grilled it according to peoples advice from Chowhound. It was great.
      If I had a blog, I would have mentioned Chowhounds help. It helps add to the community.

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        Bostonbob3 Sep 8, 2006 12:44 PM

        Hanger steak has GREAT flavor. So does NY strip and the like. I much prefer those cuts to the "slice it with a spoon" blandness of filet mignon.

        BTW, Fish, did you try the Luger clarified butter trick at the end of the cooking process?

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        1. re: Bostonbob3
          A Fish Called Wanda Sep 8, 2006 02:07 PM

          The first time, I didn't do anything to those steaks to see how they are on their own. The second time, I topped mine with garlic herb butter before serving. I am guessing it's similar...

        2. Davwud Sep 8, 2006 02:18 PM

          I'll chip in my opinion here. Try a tri-tip. It's from the sirloin. The most underappreciated part of the cow IMHO.

          BTW the steak looked fantastic.


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          1. re: Davwud
            Bostonbob3 Sep 8, 2006 02:21 PM

            Davwud; you don't have to tell me about tri-tip. Despite my user name, I was born and raised in Santa Maria. The butcher from the Safeway there who "invented" the cut should be in the Beef Hall of fame.

            1. re: Bostonbob3
              Davwud Sep 8, 2006 03:04 PM


              I have a friend who's a butcher and he recomended it to me a few months ago. OMG is it good.


              1. re: Davwud
                A Fish Called Wanda Sep 8, 2006 04:34 PM

                Thanks for the tri-tip tip :) It's on my list. Is that the same as sirloin tips?

                1. re: A Fish Called Wanda
                  Davwud Sep 9, 2006 03:35 AM

                  I don't know. Your butcher should though


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            Kelli2006 Sep 8, 2006 04:42 PM

            Congrats on perfecting steak to your liking. It always seems easier to cook something to someone else's recipe, but when you can do it for your self the feeling of confidence is much more enjoyable.

            My current favorite steak is flat iron steak that has been marinated in red wine. I read about it in the food section approx' 2 years ago and my butcher has been custom cut it for me ever since. Its defiantly not the 'cut-it-with-a spoon type of steak', but the flavor makes it much more satisfying.

            1. Funwithfood Sep 8, 2006 08:21 PM

              Thanks for the report. I should not have read it on an empty stomach... m u s t have steak...

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                Bostonbob3 Sep 8, 2006 08:38 PM

                Fish, I noticed in your "steak-a-logue" (nice pics BTW), that you mentioned Savenors. Are you a fellow citizen of the Commonwealth? I just bought a bunch of my Patriots' tailgate items at the Charles St. Savenors at lunchtime. Including, of course, steak.

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                1. re: Bostonbob3
                  A Fish Called Wanda Sep 9, 2006 10:54 PM

                  Hi Bostonbob3,

                  Yes, I live in Belmont about 5 minutes from Iggy's, Formaggio's and other such dangerous places.


                2. steinpilz Sep 9, 2006 03:41 AM

                  Sounds good, I'll have to try it. Thanks for the enjoyable threads.

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