This article will give the reader two methods of cooking a thin pork steak in a way that will retain both moisture and flavour. While thin steaks of any kind are normally easy to cook, pork takes a bit of work in that it needs to be cooked through but not over cooked and dry. These steps will ensure that you will accomplish both a moist and flavourful pork steak.
Cut any excess fat from the edges of the steak. Marbling in the interior of the steak will provide flavour and keep the meat moist. Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Lightly salt and pepper the steak and set aside.
Pre-heat a sauté pan on a medium high flame or heat. Add 1/2 tsp of olive oil and allow it to get just to the light smoking point. With tongs, place the pork steak in the pan carefully, laying the steak so that any hot oil will splatter away from you. Sear the steak on one side until golden brown. Using the tongs, turn the steak over and brown the other side. When golden brown and firm to the touch, remove from the sauté pan and let rest 2-3 minutes prior to serving. The pork steak should be a faint, very light pink in the centre. For a well done steak, turn the flame down after it has browned and continue cooking for 3 minutes longer.
Grill a pork steak in much the same manner as you would sauté it. Pre-heat the grill to a medium high heat. Scrape the grill when hot. With a cloth lightly soaked in olive oil, clean the grill grates. Season the steak with Kosher salt and pepper. Using tongs, place the thin pork steak on the grill 1-2 minutes. Turn one quarter clockwise for cross hatch grill marks. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Turn and repeat on the other side. Remove from the grill and allow it to rest for 3-5 minutes. If you are adding any barbecue sauce to the pork steak, add just a thin coat when you flip it over to avoid burning the sauce on the grill.
For healthy cooking and less oil, the grilling method works best.
If cooking on a gas stove, lift the pan off of the flames prior to placing the pork steak in the pan. Do the same thing when turning. This will prevent any flame ups from occurring.
Tips and warnings
- For healthy cooking and less oil, the grilling method works best.
- If cooking on a gas stove, lift the pan off of the flames prior to placing the pork steak in the pan. Do the same thing when turning. This will prevent any flame ups from occurring.