Your How-To Guide for Cooking Natural Angus Steak
We all enjoy a good steak dinner at our favorite restaurant, but when it comes to preparing one in your own kitchen, it can be intimidating knowing where to start and which cooking method to use. Fortunately, with the right cut of high-quality beef and proper cooking techniques, it’s pretty easy to create a mouthwatering steak dinner for yourself, family, or friends.
Read on for some easy tips on how to cook the perfect steak!
Finding the Right Natural Angus Beef Cut
The perfect steak dinner starts with the cut and quality of the beef. Common beef cuts that work well for preparing at home include Natural Angus ribeye, New York strip, and Filet Mignon. These steaks are versatile, working well for pan-frying, grilling, or in the oven (if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the sous vide cooking method). Each cut has a unique amount of marbling and varies slightly in flavor based upon the area of the cattle from which the cut was sourced.
Generally, a Ribeye Steak provides exceptionally high amounts of marbling and is a larger cut than Filet Mignon. New York Strips are often leaner than Ribeye Steaks, but still offer tenderness, particularly when grilling. The Filet Mignon is well known for its tenderness and is more of a petite cut than the others. Read more about the ideal preparation methods for these and other common cuts of beef.
Once you’ve chosen the cut you’d like to prepare, look for USDA Prime or Choice Natural Angus beef at your local grocery store or butcher shop. Featuring high amounts of marbling—intramuscular flecks of fat that make the meat more tender—USDA Prime and Choice beef cuts are flavorful, ideal choices for your next steak dinner. And, choosing Natural beef with verifiable Angus genetics means you can expect a tender, nutritious option that you can feel good about eating.
Natural Angus Steak Preparation
With some simple tips and tricks, you can easily prepare a steak in under 20 minutes, as you don’t need special seasonings or marinades to bring out the full flavor of your steak. In fact, the best way to experience the full, beefy flavors is to just add salt and pepper. Then, you can simply sear the steak in a stovetop skillet and pop it in the oven at 375° until it reaches the desired doneness. This works well for Ribeye Steaks, but you can use this method for others, too.
Check out our video below for a quick breakdown of the process.
Measuring Steak Doneness
Everyone has a different preference when it comes to steak doneness, and the easiest way to avoid over or undercooking is to use a meat thermometer. We recommend cooking to at least 145° for optimal flavor and food safety, which generally takes 10-15 minutes. After searing the steak for 3 minutes per side, transfer it to the oven and cook for another 4-6 minutes or until it reaches the desired temperature.
Serve and Dig in!
Now, you’re ready to eat! Check out our video below for slicing steak against the grain to create an even more mouthwatering experience.