Steaks are juicy, tender pieces of meat which melt in your mouth and can fill anyone’s craving for a tasty meat indulgence. However, in spite of its popularity, there are facts about this delicious gourmet dish that not everyone is familiar with.

For instance, the most basic information about steak is that there are different ways to cook it to please your taste buds. But if you take the time to study the facts about steak and what it goes through before it’s presented on a plate, you might find its journey interesting.

Below is a guide to help you order the best steak in Abu Dhabi every time you visit a steakhouse.

Different Ways to Cook Steak
Imagine this: You enter a grand steakhouse where the smell of succulent meat is wafting in the air. As soon as you and your companions are seated, a waiter wearing a black tie and formal jacket takes everyone’s orders at the table.

You, of course, order a steak, after being greeted by the delectable aroma of grilled meat. Then, the waiter asks about how you want your food cooked. What would be your answer?

Read on to learn more about the different ways chefs cook steaks. So you’ll know the perfect answer, the next time a waiter asks you.

1. Rare

Rare steak is for the daring few carnivores. It is slightly charred on the outside and all red on the inside because it only stays on the grill for a few minutes.

It may come as a shock to some, but there is a more extreme version of this, called “blue rare steak.” It is barely singed by the grill on the outside and is mostly red throughout.

2. Medium Rare

Chefs will leave the steak on the rack a little longer to make it medium rare. This level of doneness is characterized by a charred outer rim of brown meat, followed by a ring of pink, and completely red chunks at the center.

3. Medium

Medium steaks have no red meat. They have an outer ring of caramelized meat, and the inside is pink throughout.

4. Medium Well

Bits of pink meat can be seen at the very center of steaks cooked medium well. They are a bit tougher to chew and less juicy at this stage.

5. Well Done

Very few people order their steak well done. Chefs and other experts don’t usually recommend getting this precious meat cooked this thoroughly. A well done steak has no pink flesh at all and can be very tough to chew and dry, too.

The Palm Test

You can test how well your steak has been cooked to your specifications with your palm. Touch the part of your palm directly under your thumb, and you’ll know how rare steak should feel.

To know how a medium rare steak feels, make the “OK” sign with your thumb and pointer finger. Now press the part of your palm directly under your thumb again. Do the same with your middle finger, and you’ll get the consistency of medium steak.

Doing the same with your ring finger and pinky will give you an idea of how medium well and well-done steak should feel, respectively.

Steak Grades

Cow meat can react to the grill differently even if it is cooked the same way. The grade of a steak can determine how the meat will change the longer the time it spends on the rack.

Government institutions in countries exporting this delicious dish assign different values to cow meat. For instance, the United States label their steaks as follows: prime, choice, and select. Australia and Japan, on the other hand, often use numbers and letters to grade meat.

The value of steak is based off its marbling factor or the amount of intramuscular fat it contains. The more it has, the higher the grade. Marbling can influence the flavor, texture, and the juiciness of the steak.

For some carnivores, steaks are on top of the meat dish lineup. Meat lovers know all the patience and effort it takes to get that beautiful, mouth-watering prime beef cut on a plate.

With the information above, you will also be fully prepared for your very own steak experience. So the next time you decide to take a break from all the vegetarian fare you’ve been eating, and decide to indulge in a wonderful steak dinner, go ahead and apply what you already know.

Jenene Bronwin Batts is the Senior Marketing Coordinator at Tourism Development & Investment Company or TDIC. She oversees website maintenance, PR requests, marketing initiatives and all general guests’ enquiries for the company’s destinations, including KOI Restaurant & Lounge and Boa Steakhouse in Abu Dhabi.