We take seasoning steak and other proteins seriously. We choose the type and brand of salt carefully and have determined the best time to salt steak and exactly how to do it.
Is Your Salt Too Bouncy?
No detail is too small for examination. To whit, our latest salting-steak discovery: Some kosher salts cling more readily to meat, while others bounce right off.
The Best, Least Bouncy Salt for Steak
Kosher salt is our top choice for seasoning meat because the large grains distribute more easily than fine table salt and cling better to the meat’s surfaces.
Diamond Crystal has long been our favorite brand of kosher salt, not because of its flavor but because of the way it feels. Diamond Crystal has fragile, hollow, concave grains formed through evaporation, while its main commercial rival, Morton Coarse Kosher Salt, has dense, flat flakes created with rollers.
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Diamond Crystal’s structure makes it easier to pinch, break up, and distribute evenly than you can with the Morton flakes. Anecdotally, we’ve also long noticed that Diamond Crystal adheres to food more readily. When showered onto a piece of meat, far more of the heavy, dense Morton flakes seem to bounce off the meat than the light, concave Diamond Crystal flakes.
To confirm our observations, we recently sprinkled measured amounts of both salts onto a steak and documented the difference. Twice as much of the Morton salt ended up on the cutting board, and the flakes bounced further from the meat than the Diamond Crystal.
What does this mean for cooks? If you use Diamond Crystal, you’ll season more evenly and waste less salt. (But no matter what brand of kosher salt you use, if you’re cooking with a measured amount, be sure to pick up the meat and roll in any “bounced” grains to ensure proper seasoning.)
The Best Way Season Steak with Salt
Many cooks tend to hold their fingers close to the meat when sprinkling it with salt. Unfortunately, this leads to an uneven distribution of the crystals.
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We’ve found that by holding your hand 12 inches above the food, you can season the meat more evenly and completely than from closer distances. Place the meat on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with the specified amount of salt from up high. Be sure to pick up each piece of meat and roll it in any salt that has landed on the baking sheet.
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Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!
Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.
Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!
John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.