Want to learn how to cook the perfect, mouth-watering steak? Check out our easy step-by-step guide.

1.  Preheat a heavy-based frying pan, grill pan or barbecue grill over a high heat. Brush the steaks lightly with oil (avoid oiling the pan, oil the meat); season steak with a little salt and freshly ground pepper. Add steak to pan.

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2.  Cook steaks over high heat to your liking, following instructions below. To keep meat juicy, turn once only using tongs - with each turn, you will lose any juices that may collect on top of the meat.

3.  To test if the steak is ready, use the side of the tongs to press the meat in the thickest part. The firmer the steak, the more cooked it is.   Don't cut into the steak with a knife - this will allow precious juices to escape.

4.  Remove the steak from the heat. Loosely cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes to let the meat relax; this will make the steak more tender and juicy. Use any juices that may collect in a sauce or pour them over the meat before serving.

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Rare, Medium or Well-Done?

Rare: Depending on the thickness of the steak, cook for a few minutes on each side.

Medium-Rare: Cook one side until moisture is just visible on the top. Cook on the second side until surface moisture is visible.

Medium-Well-Done: Cook on one side until moisture is pooling on top. Cook on second side until moisture is pooling on top. Reduce heat slightly and cook until steak feels quite firm when pressed with the back of the tongs.

Well-Done: Cook on one side until moisture is pooling on top. Cook onsecond side until moisture is pooling on top. Reduce heat slightly and cook until steak feels quite firm when pressed with the back of the tongs.

TOP TIP!

Minced meat in patties, burgers, meatballs and sausages should be cooked through, not served rare or pink.