For An Extra Crispy Steak, Freeze The Meat

Are you tired of serving up steaks tougher than an old leather boot? Fear not, friends! The solution to achieving that perfect, crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside steak is not in some fancy seasoning or expensive grill. No, the secret to culinary success lies in your freezer. Yes, you heard right — the key to a mouthwatering steak is to freeze it before cooking. 

When meat is frozen, the water inside it expands and creates tiny ice crystals. These crystals puncture the muscle fibers in the meat, making it more tender. When you cook a frozen steak, the ice crystals melt, releasing the water and creating steam. This steam helps to create a crispy crust on the outside of the steak. Additionally, since the frozen steak takes longer to cook than a thawed one, it gives the outside of the steak more time to crisp up and generate that all-important Maillard reaction without overcooking the inside.

How to cook frozen steak

Cooking your frozen steak in a pan with plenty of oil can take it to the next level. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and remove your steak from the freezer. Heat a generous amount of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. You want enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan so that your steak can cook evenly and get a nice crispy crust.

Once the oil is hot, carefully place your frozen steak in the pan. Let the steak cook for a few minutes on each side until it is browned and crispy outside. Cooking from frozen will take longer than cooking a thawed steak, but the extra time is worth it for that perfect crispy edge. Once your steak is perfectly browned on the outside, place it on a wire rack and put in the oven for 15-25 minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing it. This will help the juices redistribute throughout the meat and make for a more tender, flavorful steak. Serve with your favorite sides, and enjoy!

Next time you're craving a steak, don't settle for anything less than perfection. Freeze that meat and get ready to savor every delicious bite. It may take more time and effort, but the result is well worth it.