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Everybody loves steak when cooked to perfection. Broiling is one of the healthy ways to get the most taste out of meat without making it too greasy. This popular method makes use of a broiler pan that helps separate the meat and its drippings. This is done so that the meat is lean and crisp, and doesn’t cook within its own juices. However, if you don’t have one, you might wonder how to broil steak without a broiler pan.
Worry not! You can still feast on delicious and healthy broiled meat without using a broiler pan. With some simple and easy to follow methods and techniques, you can cook a succulent and tender steak in your home oven. You just have to get creative and replace the broiler pan with other common tools that can easily be gathered from the kitchen. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of broiling steak and getting the best out of this hearty meal without a broiler pan.
How to Broil Steak without a Broiler Pan: Step by Step Guide
Here is a step by step guide to help you cook a delicious steak without stepping outside the house to use a grill, or the use of a broiler pan. This is especially convenient for winters when you just don’t have it in you to go outside. These instructions are very easy to follow and pretty convenient for anyone and everyone.
The steak just needs a dash of salt and pepper, so you don’t really have to do many efforts with the ingredients part. However, you will need to gather a few utensils to serve the same function of a broiler pan. These include paper towels, meat tongs, non-stick spray, tin foil or a baking sheet, oven grill rack, dripping pan, meat temperature probe, and most importantly, a working oven. Almost all of these utensils are already present in a standard kitchen, so you don’t have to go out of your way for the preparations.
If it’s your first time doing this, it might need a bit more concentration and time, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be having steak nights every week! One thing to consider here is the fact that home ovens don’t run at the same power of commercial ones, so the steak takes longer to prepare and you just have to be patient with the process. If you want to cut the preparation time short, you can use thinner slices of meat which can cook through faster.
Setting the Timer
After you have gathered everything you need and taken the meat out of the freezer, the next step is preheating the oven. For that, first set your oven in broiler mode so that only the upper surface is heated, and turn the temperature to maximum. The door of the oven has to stay open throughout the process of cooking the steak.
On the lowest rack of the oven, place the drip tray along with the baking sheet or tin foil. The purpose of this is that the tray collects all the drippings of the steak and saves you from massive clean up afterward.
Seasoning and Preparation
You can pat the steak dry with paper towels to get rid of ice or any moisture from its surface (in case it was in the fridge/freezer). This is important, as if not done so, it can prevent or prolong the surface browning of the steak. Once you’ve dried the surface, it’s time for seasoning.
This can be done according to your taste and preferences, but we highly recommend sprinkling some garlic salt for a delicious taste! If you wish to add pepper, do so after the steak is cooked, like the pepper, it can burn at high heat. You’ll also have to add the salt after you flip the steak.
Now we come to the actual broiling part. Get the grill rack ready and spray it with some oil. Place the steak on the grill with the seasoned side facing up towards the heating element of your oven. Put it as close to it as possible, so that you can get a nice brown surface without overcooking the meat. For a thin slice, it takes around 7-10 minutes to achieve the desired results.
Flipping the Steak
Once the steak has reached your preferred level of browning, take the grill rack out, flip it with the tongs and season the other surface. At this point, you’ll also want to check the temperature with the meat probe to assess its level of doneness. After flipping it, it will probably take less time to brown as the steak is already quite warm.
Check the Doneness of the Steak
When you feel that the second side is also done, check the temperature again with the probe. For the steak to be medium-rare, the temperature has to be around 130F/55C. If you wish to cook it more, switch the settings in the oven to regular mode to cook it through on both sides.
Prepare the Steak
When your steak is cooked to your preference, take it out from the oven and plate it in a nice dish. At this point, you can flavor it with pepper and even rub a little butter if you like. You’ll want to cover the warm steak with a tin foil and allow it to rest for about 3 to 4 minutes. This will stabilize the inside temperature of the meat and make it juicier.
Voila! Your steak is ready. Don’t forget to make some mashed potatoes and green beans for the side.
It is very convenient to prepare a nice steak dinner at home using your oven, but make sure to stay safe during the process. Don’t miss out on any step, and even if the first one doesn’t turn out according to your liking, keep practicing, you’ll get there. Many people don’t own a meat temperature probe, but we highly recommend you to get one, as it is an important tool to achieve your desired level of doneness when making steak.