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The Perfect New York Strip Steak Recipe
I have a lot fun getting into conversations with the workers at Whole Foods. Although they sell some of the best meat around, including local grass-fed steak and high-priced slowly aged beef, it seems that a more than normal percentage of folks who work there are vegetarians, if not vegans.
As a meat eater, I’m fine with vegans, vegetarians, and pescatarians, until they start judging me or they act plain silly.
There is always someone at the register that is a vegetarian, and we get into meat/no meat conversation, all in fun.
Perhaps they should have check-out lines that segregate us. Vegans go here, vegetarians go there, and cow people over there. It’s quite a search to find a checker and bagger that understands why you have those New York strip steaks in your cart.
I do, however, have a few favorite butchers that I enjoy talking meat recipes with and are happy to help me pick out some great steaks for dinner. Most agree that a cast iron pan is essential for cooking a good steak. We talk about how to best sear, and we look for steaks that has that nice fat cap. Fat equals flavor!
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If you’re thinking that the New York Strip steak is pricy, let me tell you the good news about Whole Foods.
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The New York Strip Steak
The New York Strip steak gets its name from the first fine dining restaurant in New York. In 1937 Delmonico’s opened and served the short loin cut of meat. There are differing stories as to whether the Delmonico steak was a strip steak.
Today when you order the delmonico steak at Delmonico in New York City, you most likely will get a rib eye steak.
What is a New York Strip Steak?
It’s comes from the short loin of the cow, is not as tender as filet, but tender enough to be cooked quickly and still be tender. It can be lean but if it’s prepared properly, it’s still tender and has an exceptional taste. I like thick strip steaks about 2 inches thick.
My New York Strip Steak Recipe: Cast Iron Pan fry and oven finish.
It’s helpful to bring the steaks to room temperature if you have the time. I get a cast iron pan smoking hot and then sear the steak on one side, turn it over and stick it in the oven. Make sure you put on your exhaust fan and open windows or your smoke alarm will probably go off.
- Salt the steak 24 hours in advance. It goes into the meat overnight, adds moisture and enhances flavor
- Don’t cover steaks in the fridge. The outside of the steak should be dry if you want to sear them. Put them on a rack so both sides dry.
- Make sure the steak is dry, before searingWhen ready to cook, I used to think my steak needed to come down to room temperature, but I now find that I get a better sear with a cold steak, as long as the steak is dry. It’s the water that comes out of the steak that prevents that nice sear, also known as the mallaird effect.
- Start with a very hot cast iron pan.
- Use a round grill press, if you can.
What is the Malliard Effect?
The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar, usually requiring the addition of heat. It’s what happens when the meat is seared, creating a much deeper flavor profile.
My New York Strip Steak Recipe
The seasonings are up to you. Sometimes I just use salt and pepper. Other times if I don’t see enough marbling in the steak, I will marinate it in an olive oil, red wine, and minced garlic. When I do that, I will still dry my steak before searing.
I like a steak medium rare and will take it out of the oven at 135 degrees F. I use my oven probe. This meat thermometer works well too. Then, let your steak rest for five to ten minutes. During that time, make a nice salad from the list below.
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- If you have a few days, salt steak and place uncovered on open rack to dry out. If you don't have days, salt at least for 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Heat frying pan on medium to medium high heat for a few minutes. Add small amount of oil.
- Heat a few more minutes.
- Use paper towel to make sure steak is dry.
- Add in steak. Place grill press over steak if you have one.
- Turn over at 3 minutes when steak easily moves. If it's not moving easily, give it another minute.
- Turn over, place in oven and cook for 5 more minutes, for rare, 7 minutes for medium rare, 9 minutes for medium. These are approximates. Use a meat thermometer to check.
- Remove from oven at 135 degrees for medium rare.
- If you want to add butter and thyme, add a tablespoon of butter to pan when removing from oven.
- As butter melts, spoon on top of the steak.
- Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.