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I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

Old 04-21-09, 11:44 PM
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I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

I, sadly, no longer have a grill. However, I've been in the mood for a nice steak recently so I bought a 0.4 lb filet today.

Here's my problem: I've never made filet. I have no idea what to do. I know well enough that I don't want to marinade it or anything, but wanted to know what the best way is to prepare it.

I've got several types of pans and kitchen what-nots, so tell me what you would do.

I'd like to make it tonight (Wednesday night).
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Old 04-22-09, 12:06 AM
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Re: I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

Let your steak warm up to around room temperature before you start cooking it.

Pre-heat your oven to around 450 or even 500. You also need a REALLY hot cast iron skillet. You can actually heat the skillet in the oven as it pre-heats.

When the skillet is hot enough put it on your burner. Season your steak.

Depending if your skillet has been properly seasoned, you may want to put a little bit of olive oil on each side of your steak.

Sear the steak in the pan for about two minutes each side.

Pop the skillet into the oven to finish cooking the steak to your desired doneness.

It can be pretty smokey, so be prepared.
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soak it in beer first isnt that what people do? Drink the beer too.
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Re: I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

I thought you'd have more meat.
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Let your steak warm up to around room temperature before you start cooking it.

Pre-heat your oven to around 450 or even 500. You also need a REALLY hot cast iron skillet. You can actually heat the skillet in the oven as it pre-heats.

When the skillet is hot enough put it on your burner. Season your steak.

Depending if your skillet has been properly seasoned, you may want to put a little bit of olive oil on each side of your steak.

Sear the steak in the pan for about two minutes each side.

Pop the skillet into the oven to finish cooking the steak to your desired doneness.

It can be pretty smokey, so be prepared.
This.

I can't stress enough what a difference a good cast iron pan makes that is scorching hot. Definitely put oil on the steak, then salt & pepper If done correctly you will have a fine steak, and the smell will linger..... The smoke isn't too bad, just don't spill the oil, and the cast iron handle will be HOT, so make sure to have a solid oven mit and/or towel to wrap the handle before moving.
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Old 04-22-09, 06:03 AM
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Do this: http://tvwbb.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a...5290048025/p/1

You can buy a chimney, grate, and charcoal for under $20. Then you will have a mini grill for whenever you crave a steak.
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Maybe you need to get some Viagra.
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Re: I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

Originally Posted by andicus View Post
Let your steak warm up to around room temperature before you start cooking it.

Pre-heat your oven to around 450 or even 500. You also need a REALLY hot cast iron skillet. You can actually heat the skillet in the oven as it pre-heats.

When the skillet is hot enough put it on your burner. Season your steak.

Depending if your skillet has been properly seasoned, you may want to put a little bit of olive oil on each side of your steak.

Sear the steak in the pan for about two minutes each side.

Pop the skillet into the oven to finish cooking the steak to your desired doneness.

It can be pretty smokey, so be prepared.
Someone watches Good Eats.
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Old 04-22-09, 11:03 AM
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Pop the skillet into the oven to finish cooking the steak to your desired doneness.
Feel free to choose any of the following:

1. Super rare
2. Rare
3. Medium rare
4. Medium
5. Well done

Spoiler:
If you chose 4 or 5....please put down the skillet and hand in your man card.
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Old 04-22-09, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer View Post
Someone watches Good Eats.
No ma'am. Although, I have seen the show, I didn't see an episode on cooking steaks like this.

I learned this from my brother-in-law. He's a chef, and was making a big meal, but when it came time to grill the steaks, it was miserable and raining out, so he prepared them this way. I was shocked at how good they were. I thought grilling was the only way to go, but this was a real eye-opener.
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I don't have a cast-iron skillet, but I have a Calphalon skillet that the manufacturer says is oven-safe to 450F.

I'll give this a shot.
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No pudding for you then!
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But how can I eat my meat without any pudding?
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Old 04-22-09, 04:12 PM
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go buy a cast iron skillet, the other won't even come close to doing what is being talked about by andicus

<--- loves cast iron, hates Calphalon
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Don't people have broilers anymore?
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Re: I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

Originally Posted by pedagogue View Post
Feel free to choose any of the following:

1. Super rare
2. Rare
3. Medium rare
4. Medium
5. Well done

Spoiler:
If you chose 4 or 5....please put down the skillet and hand in your man card.
I think you are confusing Medium with Medium-Well.
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Re: I have my meat, but I don't have fire!

Did it. I usually have it medium but it turned out medium rare. Delicious.
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Don't people have broilers anymore?
What?
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What?
If you use the broiler function on your oven it is basically a reverse grill.
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I don't have a cast-iron skillet, but I have a Calphalon skillet that the manufacturer says is oven-safe to 450F.

I'll give this a shot.
Go NOW and buy some cast iron! It's inexpensive and you'll thank yourself afterwards. Check Wal-Mart, they usually have it. The description above works really well but it is smokey. I don't have a good hood system, and only 1 window I can open, so I usually smoke my condo up when I do this. I've been keeping the temp down a bit and it keeps the smoke at a reasonable level. The real key though is to start with room temp meat. I like the Montreal Steak Seasoning you can find at the grocery store, but coarse black pepper and kosher salt is also really good too!

Edit: Oops, I see you made your steak already. Glad to hear it turned out well! I have a few 1# + ribeyes in the freezer that are just waiting to be eaten, maybe next weekend I wish meat were cheaper here

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Edit: Oops, I see you made your steak already. Glad to hear it turned out well!
Actually, it turned out medium-rare. Keep up!
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When the skillet is hot enough put it on your burner. Season your steak.
Is the burner on or off?
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Alright: Got this one, a 10" from Amazon for $16:



I'll be having this meal next week again!
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Is the burner on or off?
Mine was on, with the flame at max.
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