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Old 02-13-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Steak - turn once or turn many

I would love to know all your thoughts on this. When you cook your steak do you only turn it once or keep turning it many times?

Does it depend on what cut of meat your cooking?

I'm talking mainly about when frying an approx one inch thick piece of steak in the frying pan and I used to always keep turning many times but last time I cooked steak I tried to just cook on one side for five minutes and then just flip and the same the other side and then rest for five minutes and it seemed to be much more tender and juicier.

Would love to hear your thoughts?:)


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Old 02-13-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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My husband is the griller around here, but he just flips once. :)

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #3
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Flip once is the conventional wisdom. It's also what I do with good results so I see no need to change.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #4
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The main thing is, you want to let it get nice and brown before flipping it. One time should do it. On occasion I have flipped it back to the original side to add a little brownness to it, but I usually just turn it once.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:10 PM   #5
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Flip once is the way to go. You don't want to be playing with steak.

With pan frying a steak that thick, usualy procedure is to sear it on both sides and finish in the oven.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:31 PM   #6
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For Rare: Flip Once

Since I only eat my steak rare, one flip.

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Old 02-13-2012, 02:33 PM   #7
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once is enough.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:35 PM   #8
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Flip once. I realize you asked specifically about cooking in a pan, but if you're cooking it on a grill, you can also add the following flourish: if you want those nice cross-hatch grill marks on the meat, pick up your steak and rotate it 90° halfway through cooking the first side (BEFORE flipping it). In other words, if you're cooking it 4 minutes per side, rotate the meat after 2 minutes. Let it cook another 2 minutes, and then flip it over. Note that you only need to worry about grill marks on the first side. You'll let the other side cook 4 minutes without touching it.

Also, let your steak to rest for 5-10 minutes under a foil tent before serving it. That will allow the juices to redistribute, so they don't all run out on the plate when you cut into it.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:36 PM   #9
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Only flip it once.
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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I think this is one of those rules that are more intended to prevent harmful behavior than because they make a great deal of difference. People tend to fiddle too much with meat, browning or grilling. If you tell them they can only turn it twice, they'll probably leave it alone, while rough handling will spoil the crust.

When they try to make a practical argument for turning only once, it runs along the line of one flip making it more crustier and multiple flips making it more evenly done through the interior. I've never seen that it makes that much difference. A little difference in the degree of progression of well done beneath the surface to rare in the middle doesn't really affect taste. But then, I like sear-roasting, putting the crust on it in a very hot pan and then putting the whole thing into a very hot (home hot -500F) oven to cook through without much more crusting. Wouldn't occur to me to flip them.

There are just so many more better ways to mess up a steak than turning it too many times, including not buying them thick enough for most home kitchens setups and not letting it warm to room temperature before cooking.

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