So, it is Saturday evening and you'd love a steakhouse steak. But - the long wait and expense of your favorite steakhouse keep you away except on special occasions. What if I told you that you could have your steak at home? At a fraction of the cost? Would you make it?
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- Four 8-ounce rib eye steaks (each about 1-inch thick)
- Vegetable oil, for brushing
In a small bowl, stir the cornstarch, salt and pepper to blend evenly.
Rub a generous 1/2 teaspoon of the seasoning mixture over each side of each steak to coat.
Arrange the steaks on a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes.
Preheat a cast iron grill pan (preferably ridged... which I don't have) over high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Brush the pan with oil.
Cook the steaks until the bottom is crusty, about 5 minutes.
Flip the steaks over and cook again until the bottom is crusty, but the center is still medium-rare, about 4 minutes longer.
Use a thermometer to test for proper doneness. Medium rare is 120F, but take them off about 105F. They will continue to cook while they are resting.
Transfer the steaks to a platter or individual plates. Let stand 5 minutes.
Then serve! Beautiful, crunchy coating with perfectly cooked interior. Just like you'd get at a steakhouse - without the cost and hassle!