5 Ingredients or Fewer

Nakedly Steak

June 11, 2015
4 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

"A good steak is three things: hard to come by, impossible to make at home, and hella expensive." False. If you have a refrigerator, salt, a slab of beef, and 4 days, you're in for a meaty treat. The light curing draws out moisture from the meat, making it firmer and intensifying the flavor. The reduced moisture on the surface of the steak also helps it caramelize and form that nice crust, even if you don't have an industrial grill like the restaurants do. —Coco et Cocoa

What You'll Need
  • 1 grilling steak, such as striploin or rib
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil or butter
  1. Four days before you want to have steak, go and buy it, take it home, and sprinkle salt generously on both sides. No need to rub it in.
  2. Put the steak on a rack placed over a plate, and leave it in the fridge for 4 nights, uncovered.
  3. After the four days/nights, or when you want to eat your steak, take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before cooking.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to the highest setting, or preheat your cast iron pan until it's very hot.
  5. Grease the grill or pan with the oil or butter and grill the steak, for 2-3 minutes on each side, until well crusted. This should get you to a rare if you have an inch-thick steak. Turn off the grill and leave your steak in there, with the lid down if you like it a bit more done.
  6. Serve with roasted vegetables, and as always with steak, a liberal application of salt and pepper. In the picture I also added a garlic pea puree, but that's optional. The steak itself is plenty enough flavour.

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4 Reviews

Kelly N. February 25, 2016
I'm wary of leaving things uncovered in the fridge, particularly uncooked meat.... it doesn't pick up flavours from other things in the fridge? Or transfer bacteria? I would love to try this.
Coco E. February 25, 2016
If you have a separate mini-fridge that would be ideal. I didn't use one though, and because I don't have anything aromatic in the fridge it was fine. You can achieve similar results over just one night, if that helps.
Kelly N. February 25, 2016
One night might placate the germophobe in me a bit more than four.... Thanks for the fast reply! In time for dinner and everything!
Coco E. February 25, 2016
No problem, enjoy your dinner!