How to cook the perfect steak
How we cook the perfect steak

You might think that we’d keep the secret to what makes a perfect steak all to ourselves.

Well, at Miller & Carter, we’re all about sharing the love of steak, and we want our guests to experience the finest quality steak wherever they are — whether that’s in a  Miller & Carter steakhouse or in the comfort of their own homes.

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1. The meat is key

Whether you’re cooking sirloin, rump or fillet steak, the secret is in the quality of the meat. At Miller & Carter, we only use 30-day matured steaks, sourced from British and Irish farmers who care about their cattle. Store in the fridge to keep it fresh.

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2. The meat is key

When you’ve taken your steak out of the fridge, be sure to let it breathe for about 20 minutes, allowing it to reach room temperature — it’s essential for that tender texture you love.

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3. Season Your Steak

We’re purists here at Miller & Carter, so we recommend sprinkling a generous amount of rock salt and black pepper all over the steak, and coating with oil.  You can knead it in to make sure the steak is evenly coated with seasoning.

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4. Cook on a high heat

Pre-heat your grill/pan to a high temperature, in order to seal the meat on all sides, locking in all that lovely flavour.

For a thick fillet steak, we’d recommend the following:
1 ½ min each side for Blue — almost purple in colour, served just warm

2 ¼ mins each side for Rare — dark red, with red juice flowing

3 ¼ mins each side for Medium Rare — pink inside with some juice

4 ½ mins each side for Medium — pale pink in the middle with very little juice

For a sirloin steak, we’d recommend the following:

1 min each side for Blue

1 ½ min each side for Rare

2 mins each side for Medium Rare

2 ½ mins each side for Medium

4-5 mins each side for Well-done — this depends on thickness

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5. Let it rest

Resting is just as important as cooking because it gives the meat time to reabsorb all its juices. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes (the steak should stay warm for anything up to 10 minutes) to bring fuller flavour, as well as tenderness.

If you forget to do this, you may end up with quite a bit of juice on your plate, so pour any resting juices over your steak before you serve.

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6. Serve on a warm plate

Always make sure that your plate is warm, so your meal stays hotter, and more enjoyable, for longer.

The accompaniments are down to you, but we'd recommend serving it simply – with some herb butter, piping hot fries, tomato and watercress.

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But, if you don’t fancy cooking for yourself… join us, let’s give you the ultimate steak experience.