I've done it a few times with great results in the past, but it was on lower to mid grade cuts of meat. I picked up a pretty decent NY Strip Select last night from Ralph's. It's about 1 1/2 inches thick, I'm wondering if the salt trick will do the same thing here? I don't want to ruin a $12 steak. I'm not sure if there's a cut off point quality wise where this technique doesn't work. For those curious I'm talking about coating a steak completly in Kosher salt and letting it sit for about an hour for each inch of thickness then rising off very well, patting dry and searing then tossing in a 500 degree over for a few minutes a side.
question about coating steak in salt and rinsing off before cooking.
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Well it makes lower steaks that are generally tough a whole lot more tender. While I can't explain the food science behind why, I know it makes a world of difference in how tender and flavorful the steak is. What I'm unsure of is if this translates to improving a good cut of meat that's already capable of being tender. And i'm guessing if it works, it needs to be adjusted time wise.
I prefer to coat both sides with fine-ground salt (I personally like the Himalayan pink for its mineral flavor) using about twice as much as I would for a cooked steak, pepper the same, and rack it in the fridge for 24. I'll further dry it under a fan for an hour or 2.
I'll sear at very high heat in a non-stick ceramic pan to fit (cuts down of smoke and spatter) on a glasstop for the concentrated and even heat. This produces a hard crust with the fond completely and perfectly baked onto it. I'll let it coast in the pan for thicker cuts, the oven is possibly better for this, though I don't feel it's worth the extra fuss.
I've tried just about every way to make steak [off the grill] and this I feel is the best as the S+P is fully integrated into the meat and the crust takes on a wonderful malliard (spelling?) reaction.