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We've got the tips and tricks to make sure you have tasty steaks all summer long

Making a good steak is like finally learning how to ride a bike — once you get it down you'll always know how to do it. However, people are often confused as to which recipe or technique to use. The answer, of course, depends on a few things, such as the cut of meat you're planning on working with, what ingredients you already have at home and just plain old personal preference. 

No matter whether you're searing filet mignon in butter or cooking a marbled New York strip on a hot grill, we've got the recipes to make sure that you're delivering restaurant-quality steaks time and time again. 

To grill or to griddle? 
All a mouthwatering steak really needs is heat, salt and pepper. That being said, there are pros and cons to each cooking technique depending on your desired result. If you want a steak that has those distinctive grill marks and the kiss of smoke that we all attribute to summertime fun, cooking your steak over a hot grill is the way to go. Our guide to grilling will answer all of your questions.

If you're more of a fan of tender meat in a sizzling pan, look no further than your trustiest cast-iron skillet. Pan-searing a steak builds flavor through the Maillard reaction and gives you a heck of a meat crust. There are few greater joys than the experience of a perfectly cooked steak in a well-seasoned skillet. Put some butter and herbs in there and I challenge you to find a better piece of meat served anywhere.  


Steak recipes

Once you've chosen your favorite cooking method, it's time to get down to business. Here are some of our favorite steak recipes, for both cooking on the grill and in a ripping hot skillet. 

Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak
A citrusy, garlic-filled marinade is perfect for beefy skirt steak. It'll tenderize its somewhat tough, but super flavorful, meat, and it'll provide a perfect flavor base for using the steak in its best form: tacos. Smoke from the grill complements the tangy marinade, and the steak will cook in a jiffy. Our only other tip is to remember to slice the grilled steak across the grain for the most tender bites possible.
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Grilled New York Strip Steaks
While there's no reason why you couldn't cook a strip steak indoors, we particularly like the smoky flavor notes it picks up when cooked on the grill. That delicious fat cap really shines when it is seared over charcoal. The even better part about this recipe? It'll provide the basic foundation for any other steak you'd like to cook in the great outdoors.
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Cast Iron Seared Rib-Eye Steak
Rib-eye steaks, both bone-in and boneless, can be tricky to grill because of all of their fat; a good pan-sear makes it even easier to cook these delicious steaks at home. Add a little compound butter and this steak will really shine.
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Cast Iron Seared Filet Mignon
Cooking a steak in a cast iron pan not only imparts a delicious brown crust on the exterior of the meat, it also gives you the ability to continually baste the steak with butter for extra flavor and richness. Lean cuts like a filet mignon are perfect candidates for this technique. Pro tip: Tying a piece of kitchen twine around the equator of the steak helps maintain its shape and allows for more even cooking.
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Like a little steak sauce on the side? Try these recipes:
5-Ingredient Steak Sauce
Almost Heinz 57 Steak Sauce
B2 Sauce (a.k.a. Almost A1 Sauce)

Photo (grilling steak): Ramona King


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Ryan Hughley is the editor-in-chief at Southern Kitchen. Though originally from Los Angeles, she has lived in Atlanta since early 2017 and cannot imagine calling any other city home (except maybe New Orleans). Before joining Southern Kitchen's staff, Ryan worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on public policy issues. When she's not at work, she enjoys hunting down the best Mexican food in the city and drinking whiskey, obviously. 

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