In The Kitchen

How to cook the perfect eye fillet steak...

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It's one of the questions a chef is most commonly asked: Just how do I get my steak perfect every time?

Mikey Newlands, head chef at Bracu shares his top tips to get you started.



Cooking steaks correctly is an experience thing and each oven/pan combination will give you a different result....there a few universal tricks though that will help you achieve a better result:

  • I prefer medium rare especially with eye fillet.
  • In the summer I cook them over a charcoal grill.
  • In winter I cook them in a heavy cast iron pan on the oven.
  • Always bring your steak up to room temperature an hour before cooking, this allows more even cooking and better heat distribution
  • I always finish my steaks in the pan with a knob of butter and handful of robust herbs (whatever I have around, thyme, rosemary etc), rest your meat.
  • No matter how good it looks straight out of the pan it will taste better five to ten minutes later resting in a warm place.

Good luck & enjoy, Mikey


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