Tips to Grill a Mouthwatering Steak
Grilling a delicious cut of steak is a favorite summer pastime for many of us, and steaks are a tasty part of the paleo diet. When prepared correctly a steak can be a delicious treat and a true dining experience, but there are tips when it comes to seasoning and preparing steak, to ensure you’re getting the best result possible. Grilling is also an optimal way to prepare a paleo meal, because you won’t be tempted to use non-paleo oils or fats to prepare you meat. When grilling your steak remember these ten tips for a perfect result:
1. Choose good quality meat. One of the many things that separate a paleo diet from a low-carb diet is the emphasis on good quality meat. It’s ideal to select grass-fed beef, but if this isn’t an option, speak with your butcher to determine the best quality beef that you’re able to afford.
2. Let your steak sit on your counter for at least twenty minutes before cooking. Steaks that are at room temperature when they are thrown on the grill tend to respond better to seasoning and they cook faster.
3. Don’t touch your steak too frequently while it’s cooking. It can be tempting to continuously check the progress of your meat as it’s cooking, but the more you move the steak, the more likely you’re going to ruin it in the process. A steak should only be flipped once during cooking, for optimal results.
4. Marinate your steak, but only if it’s a particular cut. Some cuts of steak are already so tender that they will turn mushy when marinated. Steaks that do well when marinated include chuck, round, flank, hanger and skirt. Steaks that should not be marinated include filet mignon, tenderloin, T-bone and New York Strip.
5. Trim the excess fat from your steak before cooking, because fat shrinks while cooking and can cause your meat to curl.
6. Season lightly. Paleo-friendly seasonings for a great steak should only include a little brush of olive oil and cracked pepper. If the steak is high-quality and flavorful on its own, you can opt to leave off the seasonings altogether.
7. The “pressure test” is a great way to check if your steak is done. A steak that is cooked rare will be soft when you press your index finger or fork into the meat. A steak that is medium should be firm but yield somewhat and a well-done steak should feel firm.
8. After removing your steak from the grill, it’s a good idea to let it rest for about five minutes. This will help the juices flow from the center, which means you get the most moist result possible.
9. Instead of using a fork, use tongs or a spatula. Using a fork when grilling your steak can allow the juices to be released.
10. Add a paleo-friendly oil to the grill rack before placing your steak on. This will keep the steak from sticking to the grill and cracking, and will also help the meat retain its natural juices.