The secret to melt in your mouth steaks… (Make cheap-o cuts taste like prime.)

Love a good steak?  Me too!
Hubs just came home with a hankering for steak after reading this article on how to get fabulously tender steak, no matter what the cut, choice, prime, whatever.  We thought we’d give it a try.
It. Was. Awesome.

The key?  Salt.  Lots of salt.

We used ribeye and porterhouse (because we had gotten them on sale) but you can absolutely take ANY cut and this will work.  Liberally sprinkle them with kosher salt.

You’re supposed to let the salt sit an hour for every inch of thickness.  Can you see how the salt draws water out of the steak…?  It then sends it back into the steak and the salt tenderizes the protein…  there’s some science-y process going on.  Please refer to the original article for the scientific facts on how this works.  All I can tell you is that it’s magically delicious.
It’s the same concept as brining a chicken or a turkey.  (Click here for my fool proof brined chicken recipe.)

OH!  Make sure you rinse off all of the salt and pat the steaks very, very, very dry with paper towels before cooking your steak.  HH forgot to do this step the first time.  The steak melted in our mouths, yes, but it was so salty it was almost inedible…

We use a cast iron pan to ensure that our cooking surface is very, very hot.  You need a nice sear on steak, and we can’t seem to really get a good one on our grill.

Cook it up, serve with some Baked Smashed Potatoes, a nice salad, and a nice Cabernet and you have a great meal!
Enjoy!

Comments

  1. says

    Well, now I want steak.

    It looks divine, and I am definitely going to have to try this out!

    I hope your new year is going fabulously well!

  2. says

    Thanks so much for this post. I’m definitely going to give this a try.
    We started leaning toward a more Paelo type way of eating this year so grilled steak has been a big part of our diet. Since winter has set in and standing in 2 ft of snow trying to grill is not something I enjoy doing, I’ve been desperate for a way to cook steak inside and have it actually taste good.
    Thanks again :)

  3. says

    I had no idea about this steak secret and yet I cook all the time. I will definitely have to give this a try the next time we are cooking steak!

  4. says

    I had no idea about this steak secret and yet I cook all the time. I will definitely have to give this a try the next time we are cooking steak!

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