When it comes to steak, there are a number of different ways the meat can be cooked and getting it just how you like it can take practice.
One person who has mastered the art of cooking a steak is Christian Stevenson, also known as DJ BBQ.
The expert has teamed up with Asda to share some of his best tips for cooking steak ahead of Valentine’s Day and revealed one big mistake that many people often make.
According to Christian, seasoning the steak before cooking is crucial – but you should only use salt.
If you want to put some pepper on your steak, you should wait until it’s done cooking.
He explained: “Always season the steak with salt before cooking, add pepper at the end when resting.
“Pepper can burn when the pan is hot and can make the steak taste acrid – no one wants that!”
As well as this tidbit of advice, the chef also stressed the importance of letting your steak rest before cooking.
“As meat is a muscle, you want to ensure it doesn’t feel tense,” he said. “So let it rest for half an hour before cooking.
“This will help with the texture of the steak and ensure all juices relax into the meat while cooking.”
He added: “If you’re cooking Ribeye or Sirloin, both meats will have lovely ribbons of fat. A good tip is to take a sharp knife and slice into the fat, this will help give it a head start when cooking. You want the fat to render and cascade of the meat. Fjords of flavour!!!”
Asda worked with DJ BBQ to celebrate the move of its entire steak range into 100 percent recyclable cardboard trays.
The move will result in the removal of over 23 million black plastic trays each year across its entire Extra Special, Butchers Selection and Farm Stores lines, which will save the planet around 700 tonnes of plastic annually.
Steak lovers can pick up their favourite, great quality cuts at the same great price, but without having to prioritise plastic reduction over their grocery decision-making, giving them even more choice when it comes to living sustainably.
For anyone thinking of trying out DJ BBQ’s top tips for themselves as part of a romantic dinner on February 14, Asda suggests using your preferred cut from Asda’s Extra Special range; the British meat is 30-day matured.