How to cook steak

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Learn how to make steak with our step by step video for how to make sirloin steak to your taste with just a little oil, salt and pepper. Choose from medium rare to well done, and your steak dinner will be ready in minutes.


  • 1 x 250g sirloin steak
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Rub the steak with the oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Heat the pan or griddle pan to a high heat.
  3. Place the steak in the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or 3-4 minutes for well done.
  4. Take out and set aside to rest.

The times given here are a guide only and refer to a steak that is approximately 2½cm or 1in thick. Thicker steaks may require a longer cooking time, and vice versa for thinner steaks.

Rare (bleu)

Cooking time (per side): 1-2 minutes / Resting time: 6-8 minutes / Total cooking time: 10 minutes / Press-Test: Soft / The core temperature is 45°-47°C / The meat is bloody and the juices are dark red.

Medium rare (saignant)

Cooking time (per side): 2 1/2 minutes / Resting time: 5 minutes / Total cooking time: 10 minutes / Press-test: soft yet springy / The core temperature is 50°-52°C / The meat is still bloody in the centre and the meat juice is light red.

Medium (a point)

Cooking time (per side): 3 minutes / Resting time: 4 minutes / Total cooking time: 10 minutes / Press-test: Firm and springy / The core temperature is 55°-60°C / The centre of the meat is pink.

Well Done

Cooking time (per side): 4 1/2 minutes / Resting time: 1 minute / Total cooking time: 10 minutes / Press-test: Firm / The core temperature is 64-70°C / The meat is cooked throughout and the juices are clear.

A note on using meat thermometers...If you check the temperature of your steak with a meat thermometer, please note that the internal temperature will continue to rise by a few degrees once the steak is removed from the heat source. Therefore, you should remove the meat just before it reaches the desired internal temperature.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Giving cooking times for steak seems bit pointless if no notice is taken of thickness. If your steak is one centimetre thick it will cook at a different rate to one that is one inch thick.

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