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How to cook the perfect steak

There are a few basic tips for cooking the perfect steak. Firstly, it is important to use the right cut. Meat preparation and cooking method are also important. Use this guide as a reference for cooking times and touch testing. You will soon learn if a steak is cooked to your liking by feeling the steak with the back of a pair of tongs and by its appearance. After cooking, allow steaks to rest for 3-5 minutes as this will increase tenderness and juiciness.



Cook each side for 2 minutes, turning once only.

Description: Internal very red colour, very moist, red juices.

Internal Temperature: 55-60oC

Touch test: Very soft to touch.


Medium Rare

Cook each side for 3-4 minutes. Turn once only before pink beads of moisture appear on the top surface of each side.

Description: Internal lighter red colour, moist, pink juices.

Internal Temperature: 60-65oC

Touch test: Soft and springy.



Cook each side for 4-6 minutes, turning once only.

Description: Internal pink colour, moist, clear to pink juices

Internal Temperature: 65-70oC

Touch test: Firm and springy.


Well Done

Cook each side for 2-4 minutes. Reduce heat and cook a further 4-6 minutes each side.

Description: Internal stone grey colour, dry, clear or no sign of pink juices.

Internal Temperature: 75oC

Touch test: Very firm to touch.



Cooking suggestions by Beef + Lamb New Zealand