Cooking steaks is an art. Cooking a steak on the stove top can seem like a hassle instead of an art form. I will give you a guide on how to cook a sirloin steak on the stove. This guide will help you enjoy a delicious steak, without having a grill. There are a few tips and tricks to cooking an excellent steak on the stove top.
Preparing The Steak
Preparing your steak properly will have a large impact on the overall flavor of your meal. Some people like to heavily season their steaks and marinade them. Others, like myself, like to use a simple method of only using salt and pepper. I would recommend, for this particular guide, is a simple seasoning.
Take your steak and lightly salt and pepper each side. You can add some garlic powder to the steak, but it is not necessary depending on the cut of meat. I would recommend letting the steak sit for about 20 minutes after seasoning. This will also the seasonings to cling to the meat better and not simply fall off.
Getting The Cooking Started
A key to cooking a sirloin on the stove top is to have the proper equipment. The obvious things needed are a sirloin steak, a stove, and a cast iron skillet. Spray the skillet with some some non-stick cooking spray, or you can use olive oil. Turn the stove up on high and make sure the skillet is very hot. The high heat will help sear the outside of the steak and seal in the juices.
Cooking The Sirloin Steak
Now that your steak is seasoned and the skillet is nice and hot, it is time to start cooking! Place your steak onto the skillet. It is important to note that the skillets with the ridges on the inside are great for steaks. These ridges give your steak the nice gridlines. Place the steak onto the skillet and let it cook on one side for 2 minutes. After the first 2 minutes, flip the steak onto the other side. You will notice some nice lines on your steak if you are using a skillet with ridges. After another 2 minutes, 4 minutes total, flip the steak again. Flip the steak perpendicular to how it was. This will result in your steak getting some nice perpendicular lines. Cook the steak for two minutes on this side and flip it again. Once more flip it so that the steak will have some nice perpendicular lines on each side.
Resting The Steak
A good tip on making a great steak form the stove top, is letting the steak rest. After cooking the steak for a total of 8 minutes, take the steak and wrap it in tinfoil for 5 minutes. The steak will continue to cook inside of the tinfoil and will also prevent the steak from drying out. If you want to cook a medium steak, take the steak off a little bit before your ideal preparation. By letting it sit for 5 minutes, the steak will cook inside of the tinfoil to your ideal preferences.
All the hard stuff is now done. All you have to do is enjoy your sirloin steak!
Some helpful tips are to make sure your skillet is nice and hot. If the outside is cooking too fast, you can lower the stove temperature or cook it briefly in the oven. You can also cut the steak in half before you cook and each separate piece will cook faster than one large cut of meat. Be sure to not cut the steak after you have started because you will loose the juices. By cutting before hand, you will seal the juices into the two separate pieces, making for some good steak that isn’t dried out.