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Ask the Expert: How to Cook a Steak

Jun 29, 2015 12:45PM ● Published by Style

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Q: What’s the best way to cook steak?

A: A grill should be hot enough (425-450 degrees) to sear meat immediately. To check the doneness of steak, hold your hand out, palm up. Touch the pad at the base of the thumb; this is how rare meat feels to the touch. The area between the pad and the center of your palm is medium rare, the middle of your palm is medium, and the base of your little finger is well done. Keep in mind, however, that not all cuts of meat feel the same. If you’re cooking a porterhouse or T-bone, the steak is medium when on the bone, and past medium rare when it pulls away from the bone. Remember to undercook first then cook some more, and never poke holes in the steaks.

—Michelle Schanel, Chef and Owner 
The Snooty Frog
3300 Coach Lane, E-3, Cameron Park

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