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Steak tips: Back to the bush with Damien

Damien's often called the wearer of many hats (by Bridget), because in the bush you have to be. Read how Damien swaps his cowboy hat with a chef's hat as he tells you how to cook the perfect steak.

G'day everyone, Damien here, welcome!

The best cooked steak I've ever tried in all of my worldly travels.–Scott Springett

Do NOT overcook that steak, mate!

Whatever you do, you don’t want to overcook your steak. Instead of juicy and tender bite, you’ll end up with a tough and tasteless slab of meat. It doesn’t matter how expensive the cut of steak is – and the preparation that you have done – an overcooked steak is destined for the dogs.

Step 1:

Preheat a barbecue grill on medium-high. Brush both sides of the steak with olive oil to prevent it from sticking to the barbecue.

Step 2:

Season one side with salt and pepper, then cook the steak, seasoned-side down first, to seal in the flavour. Season the other side just before turning over.

Step 3:

Cook the steak on the barbecue, using tongs to turn the steak, until cooked to your liking. Cooking times vary depending on the thickness. Turn steak once only during cooking – any more and the juices escape, which can make the meat tough.

Step 4:

After cooking, take the steak to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside for 5 minutes to rest. Heat pushes the juices to the centre of the steak. Resting it after cooking allows the meat to relax, and the juices then distribute evenly throughout the steak, making it succulent and tender.

How to know when steak is done

The time needed to cook a steak varies depending on its thickness, and how you like it. Don’t be tempted to cut into a steak to see if it’s done. This allows the juices to escape, making the meat tough. Instead, press the centre of the steak with the back of your tongs – if it’s medium the meat will spring back. Use this guide for cooking times and to tell when it’s ready.

For steak 1.5cm-thick:

Rare – 1-1 1/2 minutes each side Medium – 2-3 minutes each side Well done – 3-4 minutes each side

For steak 2-3cm-thick:

Rare – 2-3 minutes each side Medium – 4-5 minutes each side Well done – 5-6 minutes each side

Tongs test

Rare – soft Medium – slightly firmer and springy Well done – very firm with no spring

I hope this helped! Enjoy!


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