Cook The Perfect Steak: Salting, Searing And Poking Myths Debunked

To cook the absolute best steak you can, should you salt before, during or after cooking? Use butter or oil while searing? And what’s the deal with poking the steak with a fork during cooking?

The Food Lab at Serious Eats answers these questions so you can master your steak-cooking technique.

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If you look around for advice on how to cook a steak, you’ll find many competing points of view on the fine details. To put to rest common points of contention, Serious Eats offers the results of some steak-cooking experiments and a scientific look at the cooking process.

Without ruining the reveal, in terms of salting: you need enough time to do it right. Regarding searing in butter versus oil: add both, but at different points. And, well, poking doesn’t really do anything (except maybe give you a false impression).

Hit up the article below for lab results, gorgeous photos, and even a timelapse video of the salting process.

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