Steak Grilled Over Fire
Ingredients for the steaks:
2 boneless beef steaks 6 – 7 cm thick
salt + oregano mix
Ingredients for the dressing:
3 tbsp mayonnaise – 3 tbsp extra virgin oil – 1 lemon juice and lemon jest (In a glass jar add all ingredients together, cover tightly and shake)
- Remove the steak from the refrigerator. Let it reach room temperature — around 1 hour.
- Cut outer edges of fat on steaks, diagonally at 4-5cm intervals with a knife. Use a paper towel to absorb the moisture from the meat. Dry meat forms the best crust.
- Sprinkle the mix of salt and oregano over the steaks into each sides. Massage well all over the meat.
- Build up the fire until you can have a deep coal bed large enough to cook your steaks on. (About the size of your grill rack).
- Set the steaks on the grill. Let them sear on one side, once it’s acquired the Maillard reaction* color golden brown. After 7 min flip it, let it do the same on the other side. (For thinner steaks, about 3 – 4 minutes per side for medium rare it’s ok, but a 6 cm steak takes at least 7 minutes)
- Remove the steak from the heat, cover it with aluminum foil, and let rest for at least 3-4 minutes. This tip will allow the juices (myoglobin) to redistribute into the meat.
Serve with lettuce salad, top with the dressing.
Recommended wine: Chianti Clasicco. Typical Tuscan Red Wine – DOCG – Controlled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin.
Tips, tricks & info’s
- The blood red color liquid in the steak is not blood at all. It’s myoglobin, a protein that only found in muscle tissue and delivers oxygen to an animal’s muscles; contains a red pigment- which why muscle tissue is red. As a steak is cooked, the myoglobin darkens- which is why the more “well done” the meat is, the grayer it looks. So rare* meat isn’t bloody, it is just cooked to a lower temperature
- *Rare. This refers to a steak that is been cooked for a very short period of time — leaving the centre red in colour. It’s just a stage up from raw meat — but cooked on the outside. Steak doesn’t contain parasites that chicken and pork do — eating it rare doesn’t pose any health risks
- *The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar, usually requiring the addition of heat. Like caramelization, it is a form of non-enzymatic browning.
- You can use a digital instant-read meat thermometer. Check the temperature of the steak while it’s still on the grill. Grill the steak to your desired taste:
55°Celsius (130°F) for rare
57°Celsius (135°F) medium-rare
63°Celsius (145°F) medium
65,5 Celsius (150°F) medium well
and 71° Celsius (160°F) for well done.