recipe

These steaks get their deliciously browned crust through the power of the Maillard reaction.

safety
  • Uses the stovetop
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Intermediate
time
  • 25 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

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Prepare Ingredients

2
(12-ounce) boneless strip steaks, about 1½ inches thick
1 teaspoon
pepper
¼ teaspoon
kosher salt

Gather Cooking Equipment

Large plate
Paper towels
12-inch nonstick skillet
Tongs
Instant-read thermometer
Cutting board
Chef’s knife
1
 
2
(12-ounce) boneless strip steaks, about 1½ inches thick
1 teaspoon
pepper

Place steaks on large plate. Use paper towels to pat both sides of steak dry; discard paper towels. Sprinkle steaks evenly with half of pepper. Flip steaks over and sprinkle evenly with remaining pepper.

 
2
 

Place steaks 1 inch apart in 12-inch nonstick skillet. Wash your hands. Turn heat to high and cook steaks for 2 minutes. Use tongs to flip steaks and cook on second side for 2 minutes.

 
3
 

Reduce heat to medium. Flip steaks and continue to cook, flipping steaks every 2 minutes, until well browned and meat registers 120 to 125 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (see photo, below, for how to use thermometer), 4 to 10 minutes longer. (Steaks should be sizzling gently in pan; if not, increase heat slightly. If skillet starts to smoke, turn heat down.)

Insert tip of thermometer into thickest part of food. You can use tongs to lift individual pieces of chicken, meat, or fish and then insert thermometer sideways into center of food. (This photo shows how to take the temperature of salmon fillets, but the technique is the same for your steaks.)

 
4
 
¼ teaspoon
kosher salt

Turn off heat and slide skillet to cool burner. Use tongs to transfer steaks to cutting board. Let steaks rest for 5 minutes. Use chef’s knife to slice steaks crosswise (the short way) into thin strips (ask an adult for help). Sprinkle sliced steak evenly with salt. Serve.