Does it make sense to pound a shell steak with a meat tenderizer before pan grilling?

When does one tenderize steak? I've only done it for chicken paillard.

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bugbitten
bugbitten June 20, 2012

No, not a shell steak, they're very tender.

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ChefOno
ChefOno June 20, 2012

Pounding meat to tenderize it falls into the same category as things done to "seal in the juices", i.e. nonsense or kitchen lore.

Pounding is about thickness, either thinning a cut or equalizing an already thin but uneven cut.

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chefsusie
chefsusie June 20, 2012

I agree with the sealing in juice myth. But, what evidence/infornation do you have that pounding meat does not tenderize.

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