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Jun 20, 2009 12:52 PM

how to cook steak without a bbq

I grew up in a home where steak was only served from the barbecue, never the stove. Now I live in an apartment and I can't use a barbecue on my balcony. I'm wondering what's the best way to cook steak in a stove/oven. Cheers!

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  1. Oven at 500.

    If you've got a thick steak... I heat up my cast iron pan until short of smoking. 3 minutes one side, flip and 5 minutes on the other side. Then into the oven for 5 minutes.

    Pull it out on a plate and let rest.

    Use some good judgement about the timing, depending on the thickness. I feel like the poke test is pretty good for me: when it feels like the same texture as the fleshy part on your hand between thumb and index finger, it is time to pull for medium-rare?

    4 Replies
    1. re: jaykayen

      That's a good method, equal to most outdoor grills. Plus, you can make a fine sauce from the fonds, wine, chives and butter while the steak rests for a minute or two.

      1. re: jaykayen

        ATK does steak in the broiler. Oven first 8-10 min at 350. Then crank up broiler, put steaks on a rack over a pan with salt to absorb drained fat. Meat 1.5 inch from broiler element.

        1. re: phantomdoc

          i've found you don't get a really good crust unless you sear it in a hot pan on the stove top before it goes into the oven.

        2. re: jaykayen

          Be sure to turn off the smoke alrams so you don't piss off the neighbors. I love steaks in my cast iron.

        3. Yep, follow jaykayen's advice, and remember to pat the outside dry before it hits the pan. That will ensure searing and not steaming.