Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pan-Seared Steak Tips

Due to the location of our apartment (opposite a family-style restaurant that makes incredible steak tips), we smell the smell of delicious steak tips almost all day, and especially during the lunch and dinner hours. We've had the steak tips there, and they're so good, a little charred on the outside, but nice and pink in the middle, and oh so juicy!

As we don't have a grill, I had to cook the steak tips on the stove, which isn't all horrible, but it really isn't a grill. As long as you think of it this way, the steak tips will be perfect - but only if you don't compare it to grilled steak tips. There is nothing in the world that would give you nicely charred bits and the smoky grill smell other than on a grill. 

Yes, I want a grill. I haven't figured if a gas grill or a charcoal grill would be better. Gas grills seem easier, in that I don't ever have to deal with charcoal or starting a fire, but charcoal grills seem to be much more flavorful and would give a more distinct BBQ smell. Oh well, maybe we'll get to buying a grill some day. I mean, the smaller ones for one or two people cost about $80, so that's not a ton of money, but still a fair bit of money.

  • 3/4 lb steak tips, trim off excess fatty bits
  • salt
  • pepper

  • Heat a pan (preferably cast iron) until it starts to smoke.
  • (There is no need to add oil.) Add the steak tips on to the pan, placing each piece of meat carefully, and not stacked upon one another.
  • When one side of the meat starts to show some charred/brownish color, turn the meat onto another side.
  • Do the same until all sides of the meat have some char.
  • Serve. (This meat will be cooked medium. If you want it more or less cooked, adjust the cooking time accordingly.)

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