Burgers and steaks are loved by most people. Patties of ground meat in burgers taste yum, and so do steaks if cooked well. Cooking steaks on a griddle ensures that you get to eat a steak made as you’re your choice.
Though it is meat that is used in cooking a steak and cooking a burger on a griddle, cooking a steak is a bit challenging. And one has to be sure that the meat is cooked well and tastes good so one can enjoy it without having a fear of falling sick.
Steaks are cooked using different cookware. Many use the frying pan. However, most established chefs use a griddle today. The frying pan gets a little messy as the oil spills around the cooking range, and the smell spreads in the entire kitchen. That sight is not a good one.
Also, you have a good amount of space for you to cook many steaks at a go. The temperature setting in griddles is very professional. There are rare chances of you burning your steak unless you chose the wrong temperature setting.
Requirements for Cooking Steaks on a Griddle
If you follow the right recipe and instructions and use the right cookware and hardware, you should be sorted. You need to keep in a few things ready when cooking a steak. I have listed them below.
Cookware and Hardware: This will include a functioning gas-powered or an electric griddle, a meat thermometer, paper towels, aluminum foil, and a timer.
Ingredients: The ingredients mentioned in the recipe to make the right steak.
Preparing for cooking steaks on a griddle: Before you start cooking the steak, you have to marinate it. And much before that, you have to defrost it and clean it. These are a few steps that you have to follow.
I will detail them below:
Defrosting the meat
Many of us buy meat in advance and stock it in the freezer. Hence it is important to defrost the meat before using it for marination and cooking. You need to remove the meat from the freezer and keep it out for a minimum of 20 minutes. Once it has thawed well, it will not feel chewy, and it will cook well. Once the ice has melted, use paper towels to dry the meat.
Marinate the steak
You can marinate the steak either by using the standard or the dry steak marination process or by soaking it overnight. In the dry marination, one uses butter or oil along with pepper and salt. The quantity of butter or oil is less compared to standard marination. When the meat is marinated overnight, the steak tastes the best.
Clean the griddle and preheat it
You must clean the griddle before you use it. Preheat it, so your steaks cook well. The oil used in marinating the meat may have to be a bit extra if you are using a griddle that is made from cast iron.
For preheating the griddle set the temperature at around 400 degrees Fahrenheit by turning the dial from medium to high temperature. Do not go above this. If unsure about your griddle’s heat production, a thermometer is a must.
Spray little water on the heated griddle’s surface. If it is hot and ready to use, the water will sizzle.
Cooking Steaks on a Griddle
After following the above-mentioned procedures of defrosting and marinating the meat, cleaning, and preheating the griddle, you are all set to cook the steak.
Since the griddle has good space, you can cook steaks in quantity above two. This way, you will save time and have evenly cooked steaks. You will need to flip the steaks and cook it both sides for approximately 3 minutes before removing them.
Use the thongs to flip them. A fork should not be used as they could create holes in the meat. These holes could make the inside of the meat cook faster.
The rareness of the steak depends on the timing and the meat thickness. For a rare steak, you could cook each side for 90 seconds at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
To have a medium-rare steak, you will need to cook it for two minutes each side at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. A medium cooked steak would need 2 minutes and 30 seconds each side at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. And a well-done steak will need around 3 minutes to cook on each side at 160 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wrap in aluminum foil
Once the steaks are cooked and ready, please wrap them in aluminum foil and keep aside for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before serving them.
So these were the steps that you need to follow to have a well-cooked steak using a griddle.
Type of meat to be used in cooking steaks on a griddle
The steak or the meat that you buy should have a deep red color. It should not be wet but moist. Its edges should not be ragged but even. There should be medium marbling on the steak. By this, we are talking about the fat lines running on the entire meat.
For a griddle cooked steak, the meat should have fine marbling so that the fat melts well and cooks the meat from the inside. Also, there should not be too many tissues on the steak. Or the steak will turn out too chewy.
Meat that is boneless will get cooked more evenly as compared to a meat with a bone. When you cook a steak using the griddle, the cooking happens faster. So if you use a bone-in steak, the surface may get burnt before the inside of it gets cooked.
The cooking time of your steak will also depend on the shape and size of the meat. Use a meat thermometer to check if the meat is cooked inside. Insert the thermometer from the steak sides. This way, you will let the tip of the thermometer touch the center of the steak rather than the fat or the bone. Once the thermometer shows a temperature that is 5 degrees Fahrenheit lesser than the level you desire, you can remove the steak from the griddle.
Do not depend on the redness of the steak to know if it has been cooked. All meat cooks differently. Hence do have a meat thermometer handy.
I hope our article has helped you to understand the nuances of cooking steaks on a griddle.