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What Is the Best Pan to Cook Steak in?

A steak is being cooked in a pan in Springfield, IL home.

A nice, delicious steak cooked to perfection is a thing of beauty and many people’s favorite food to eat. Still, preparing it at home and achieving the same quality as your favorite restaurant can be challenging. So, what is the best way to cook your steak? The best way is a matter of personal taste and preference, but we can advise you on the best tools to get the exceptional results you’re looking for. Have a look in your kitchen to see what cooking appliances are available to you, and we’ll advise you on the best kind of frying pan to use when preparing your next steak dinner. Every pan has its uses, but not all can take the heat.

Nonstick Frying Pans

If you have a nonstick frying pan, you can use it to prepare your steak, but be aware it’s not the appliance for the job. With this pan, keeping the cooking temperatures at a moderate level (below 570°F) is needed to preserve the nonstick surface. Ideally, steaks should be prepared by placing them in a preheated, boiling pan to lock in the juicy flavor and get a great sear on the meat, but taking your nonstick pan to that high of a temperature might ruin your pan and your steak. Besides providing relief from the frustrations of food sticking to the surface, the advantages of these pans include being affordable, lightweight, and easy to clean. However, they are best suited for foods like eggs, pancakes, grilled cheese, and fish.

Copper Frying Pans

Copper is a metal famous for its ability to conduct heat and electricity, which makes copper frying pans interesting appliances for cooking. Copper frying pans are expensive but may be worth it depending on what you use the pan for and how often you utilize it. Copper pans invert heat quickly and evenly and can lose that heat quickly as well, giving it incredible control and agility that can be useful when cooking delicate proteins such as seafood, as well as melting sugar and making candy or sauces. You can certainly use a copper frying pan for preparing your steak, but it is not recommended to heat your pan too hot, so you’ll have to adjust your approach.

Stainless Steel Frying Pans

A stainless steel frying pan can withstand very high temperatures, which makes it one of the best pans on the market for pan-searing, so you should be able to prepare an exceptional steak dinner. If you want restaurant quality in your kitchen, this is the recommended pan, as many chefs and professional cooks use stainless steel cookware at work and at home. They prefer it because stainless steel is strong and indestructible, and the material provides superior heat distribution and can prevent food from sticking to the surface. This pan is best for any food that needs frying or searing and can be used on the stovetop and moved to the oven to finish cooking your thick steak.

Cast-Iron Frying Pans

Perhaps the best choice on this list is a cast-iron frying pan or skillet, as they have proven superior when cooking steak. It comes down to substance, and once iron is heated, it stays heated throughout, and its dense nature means it will warm your meat evenly. When searing an exceptional steak cut, heat retention and even distribution are essential to cooking it properly. Since the pan remains hot, it will sear and brown efficiently when you place the cold meat in the pan. Like stainless steel, the cast-iron frying pan is practically indestructible and can be used in the oven and on your stovetop. This product will not only help you prepare a genuinely sublime steak but also last you for decades to come. Think of all the fabulous meals you can prepare in that time!

Visit Loukinens’ on 4th for Deliciously Cooked Steak

When cooking a delicious steak dinner at home, the best option is to use a pan, but the type of pan matters, depending on your desired results. So make your decision and your investment in the best pan for preparing steak based on how you plan to cook it. However, if you’re tired of cooking and want a truly scrumptious steak dinner, please come to Loukinens’ on 4th in Springfield, IL. We have an extensive menu that provides different selections of steak sure to satisfy whatever meal you’re in the mood for, including:

  • Cajun Spiced Sirloin Bites
  • Chimichurri Steak Salad
  • Grilled Flank Steak Sandwich
  • Filet Mignon
  • Bone-In Cowboy Rib Eye Steak
  • New York Strip Steak

Let us tempt your tastebuds and satisfy your cravings! Call for a reservation today at 217.670.1363, or come on by for a truly fantastic dining experience.

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