There is nothing quite like the perfect steak, tender and succulent it is the meat-eater dream dinner. But then there is the mess!
To cook a steak properly, it needs to be at a high temperature, and of course, this causes the grease to splatter. Not just messy, but at times can be quite dangerous, nobody likes an eyeful of hot grease!
The good news is that it needn’t be like this. What if I told you it was quite possible to cook the perfect steak without the splatter.
This article does exactly that, it is detailed instructions on how to cook the perfect steak without any mess.
So, if you love your steak, but do not the mess that comes with cooking it, then you are in the right place.
Below are some of the top methods for preparing that juicy steak without leaving you and your kitchen a grease-splattered mess.
Cook your steak using a splatter screen
Splatter screens are by far the easiest and most cost-effective way of preparing a messless steak.
These are utensils that, in most instances, simply sit on top of the pan and stop the large grease droplets from escaping while letting the steam out of the pan.
There are a few different designs and materials available when choosing a splatter screen, as you can see from this selection of splatter screens. A brief description of the different types are listed below:
- Metal – These are usually manufactured from stainless steel or aluminum and look rather like a flattened sieve. One of the significant advantages of metal splatter screens is the mesh can be really fine. This allows it to trap all the grease splatter but still lets all the steam through.
- Silicone – Silicone is another popular type of splash screen. One slight disadvantage of these is that their perforations aren’t as fine as the steel mesh models. This can hold some of the steam within the pan. This isn’t a big issue but can affect cooking times and temperatures.
- Frywall – These are a relative newcomer to the splatter screen market and are manufactured from silicone. They offer one great advantage over the two prior types as they allow the cook complete access to the cooking surface throughout the cooking process. The Frywall works like an extension to your pan by effectively lengthening the sides of your pan.
- Splatter Guard – Usually, these are manufactured from metal, but instead of sitting on top of the pan, they form a three-sided barrier around the pan. These aren’t as effective a method as they do to leave one side exposed. However, they are a fantastic way of greatly reducing the amount of grease splatter without inhibiting access to the cooking surface.
Now that you know the choice of weapons available in the war against grease, it is merely a matter of choosing the right one according to your preferences and cooking the steak in a standard frying pan or skillet.
Reduce Steak Splatter With Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill
Okay, so shelling out on a Ninja Foodi indoor grill just to cook that perfect splatter-free steak might seem a little extreme, but bear with me.
This is a fantastic addition to any kitchen, not just for cooking steaks to perfection, but as an air-fryer, a defrosting machine, a broiler, and it can be used as a healthy way to fry any foodstuff, with a fat reduction of 75% over traditional fryers.
And as for producing quality, seared and succulent steak, there simply isn’t a better alternative to an outdoor grill. And cooking your steak couldn’t be simpler either.
To prepare the perfect steak using the Ninja Foodi Indoor grill, just follow these instructions:
- Season the steaks according to your preference, this should be done at least 30 minutes before cooking. Leave to rest at room temperature.
- Prepare the Ninja Foodi grill, place the grill insert into the device and set the Ninja Foodi to Grill mode, and select medium heat.
- Grill on one side for around 5 minutes (depending on how well-done you like your steak and the thickness of the meat. See below for a rough guide on how to judge cooking times)
- Flip the steaks and, depending on preference, cook for a further 1 to 5 minutes. Obviously, the longer you cook it, the more well done the meat will be, for rare steaks, remove them after a minute. 5 minutes will give you a well-done steak.
The Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill is a quick and mess-free way to produce quality, delicious steaks time after time. But to achieve perfection, always pay attention to the cooking times and alter according to such factors as:
- The thickness of the steak, for thinner steaks, always keep a close eye on them as they can quickly become overdone.
- For thicker steaks, add a minute or two to the cooking time before turning it.
Change Your Cooking method To Reduce Steak Splatter
Finally, in this section, I am going to explain a method of cooking a splatter-free steak that only involves using a non-stick frying pan!
Add a multicooker to your arsenal
It can be challenging not to have the proper equipment for the job.
At the same time, I don’t want to fill my cupboards with 30 different pieces of equipment to achieve different things.
That’s why I invested in a multicooker, which is pretty darn close to cooking 30 different ways.
I’ve created a complete guide here on how multicookers can cook a variety of things all in one pot and will fit your budget too.
The pan is essential here as this method requires the non-stick pan to help flavor the steak and is essential in keeping the cooking process splatter-free.
- This method means cooking the steak without adding any additional oil to the pan. Straight away this works by reducing the amount of fat in the pan.
- Place the pan on the stove on high heat and place the steak on the cooking surface while it is still cold.
- As soon as the pan reaches a high heat and the meat begins to sear, then lower the temperature to medium heat. This allows the meat to heat evenly, inside and out, and at the same time, the lower temperature prevents smoking and splattering.
- Turn the steak every couple of minutes until the perfect crust has built up.
Cooking steak indoors doesn’t need to be messy, and the flavor and succulence of the steak needn’t suffer either.
By following the methods listed above, you will turn a perfect steak out every time and never have to worry about cleaning up afterward!
If you enjoyed this article and want to discover how to cook the perfect splatter-free burger then why not read our cooking burgers indoors without the splatter article.