Nothing beats a USDA Prime steak, at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Hand cut on the premises, and cooked at 1800°F to sear in all the juices, but if you want to try your hand at the fine art of steak cookery in your own home we’ve got some tips for you!
Most Important is the cut of meat. USDA Prime, is by far the highest grade of beef, because of the high level of marbling – the term used to describe the streaks of fat in a steak. During cooking these veins of fat baste the meat from within, making it even more moist and flavorful.
Just as important for good steak, the aging process. Aging allows the natural occurring enzymes within the meat to slowly break down some of the connective tissue that contributes to toughness. Beef aging can vary from 3 to 28 days.
Next, give your steaks the right amount of heat. Cook in a very hot oven broiler, keeping the steaks 2 to 3 inches from the heat element. If you are choosing a gas or charcoal grill, allow the coals to get white hot before cooking steaks. Refer to the chart below to reach your desired level of doneness.
Finally, great steaks must have a great presentation. At Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we pre-heat our serving plates, top with a little melted butter on each, and serve up the steaks…..SIZZLING!!!
|Rare||Very red, cool center||2-3 min. each side|
|Medium Rare||Red, warm center||3-5 min. each side|
|Medium||Pink center||5-6 min. each side|
|Medium Well||Slightly pink center||7-8 min. each side|
|Well Done||No pink||8-9 min. each side|