You may be asking, "is it really different than regular steak?"
The answer is yes. Grass fed steak requires different cooking techniques. It's a delicate meat that needs more attention in the kitchen.
- Grass fed beef is typically leaner (not always!) than grain fed beef making it more prone to becoming dry when overcooked. Grass fed steak should only be cooked rare or medium rare for best results.
- Grass fed beef cooks 30% faster than grain fed beef. Remember to not over cook it!
- Grass fed cattle use their muscles far more than grain fed cattle. They have room to walk the pastures while they graze rather than sitting still all day. That's why grass fed beef needs to be cooked low & slow in order to remain tender. High heat makes the meat fibers tighten up and become tough.
How to cook steak in a skillet...
1. Add a little olive oil to your cast iron skillet and heat it up until it's hot. Set your oven to 220-250 degrees.
2. Dry the steak with a napkin. This helps it get a good sear.
3. Season the steak to your liking. We like to just use coarse salt & pepper to let the flavor of the steak sing for itself.
4. Sear the steak on a hot pan. The goal is the to get the exterior crispy and brown without cooking the inside of the steak. This should take less than 2 minutes.
5. Put your cast iron skillet with the steak in the oven. This is where you want to cook it slowly and keep the muscle fibers relaxed.
6. Check on your steak's temperature with a digital thermometer. Once it reads 120-125 degrees, put the steak on a cool platter. Remember the steak continues to cook while it rests so give it at least 5 minutes.
7. Once the steak has rested and reabsorbed the excess juices, it's time to slice and enjoy.
Side note: Everyone likes their steak cooked to different temperatures. Though there is some variance, the only way to really enjoy a grass fed steak is if it's cooked low & slow to rare or medium rare. Maybe you're not used to it but you should definitely give it a try!
If you have never tried our incredibly delicious, thick-cut steaks, make sure to try some in our Family Variety Beef Box. Just as a warning; we only a have a few of these boxes left. They will most likely sell out by the end of the weekend so make sure to get yours soon!