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Cooking steak indoors?

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I have heard so many different ways to do this, and since I live in minnesota, grilling won't be possible soon.
I want to get the most out of my steaks.
Some say simply stove top, some say a combination of stove top and oven. What does everyone else recommend?
Also, include cooking temps, time, ect.

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  1. IMO the absolutely best way to cook a steak indoors is "sear and blast."

    Turn on the exhaust fan.

    Crank your oven up to 450. Put a cast iron skillet onto the stove and get it smoking hot.

    Season your steak with salt and pepper. Sear it in the skillet for about 3 min on one side. Flip and put into the hot oven. Cook to desired doneness. Maybe 6 more min to medium.

    Cooking on the stovetop won't give you the crusty outside without overcooking the steak.

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      Precisely. Delicious.

      1. re: optimal forager

        Unless you have a steak thinner than 1 inch (whats the point, unless its a skirt steak) this is the best method. Cooking times will be dependent on the thickness of the steak. Use a thermometer if you can't tell doneness by the touch test.

        Also, do not put oil directly on the skillet or it will burn. IF you think you need oil (which you won't). Lightly oil the steak before tossing it in the screeching hot pan.

        If you dont havea good fan and a smoke detector nearby, be sure to unplug it, take out the battery or cover it with a shower cap.

      2. re: C. Hamster

        Thanks for your advice, I'll try this method out!

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Otherwise known as bilateral cooking - see my post here:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/450522

          Bon appetit!