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Cook a steak as perfect as your Valentine

Christmas is a distant memory and the bells of New Year have silenced, so it's time for lovers across the world to celebrate love with grand gestures for their Valentine.

Now, they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and there is no sincerer love than the love of food, so what better way to woo your chosen one than cooking up a romantic dinner for two?

Whether you’re a budding chef in the kitchen or a master chef disaster, everyone can cook a good fillet steak with the right guidance, so here are our top JK tips for getting it right so you can impress your lover.

  • Choose a quality butcher…we can thoroughly recommend JK Fine Foods!! A good piece of beef will make all the difference to the end result, so make sure you go for the best you can.
  • Marinade or not marinade…the choice is yours. If you want to enjoy the full flavours of the steak, then you just need a little oil and freshly ground salt and pepper. If you want to add a bit more flavour, there are loads of recipes online – Worcester sauce, soy sauce, mustards, balsamic and even beer! Personally, we prefer to enjoy the full flavour of our steaks which come straight from our supplier in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Select a good pan – a heavy duty, thick based frying pan is the best choice and preferably one with a non-stick coating. You can get a really high heat in this type of pan which is perfect for a slightly charred finish to the meat.
  • Olive oil, groundnut oil, walnut oil…all good for cooking steaks, though there are mixed chef reviews on whether you should oil the steaks and add to a hot, dry pan or add heat the oil in the pan first. Either works but if you’re heating the oil first, make sure it’s super hot before you add the steaks. 
  • Work out your cooking time based on the size of your steak and how you want it cooked – our in store team can give you guidance but we’ve listed suggested cooking times below.
  • After you've cooked your steak to perfection, let your beef rest at room temperature for at least five minutes. Don't worry about it getting cold as it will stay warm for up to ten minutes. Leaving it to rest properly allows the meat to reabsorb the juices so you serve up a moist and tender steak.

Cooking times depend on how you prefer your steak cooked, so below is a good guide to follow to ensure you get it right

3.5cm thick fillet steak:

  • Blue: About 1½ mins each side
  • Rare: About 2¼ mins each side
  • Medium-rare: About 3¼ mins each side
  • Medium: About 4½ mins each side

2cm thick sirloin steak:

  • Blue: About 1 min each side
  • Rare: About 1½ mins per side
  • Medium rare: About 2 mins per side
  • Medium: About 2¼ mins per side

A well-done steak should be cooked for about 4-5 minutes each side, depending on thickness.

Serve with your choice of accompaniments and a nice red wine to truly bring out the flavours!

Enjoy....Team JK


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