How to Sear a Steak

Learning How to Sear a Steak is an essential cooking skill you’ll likely use all of your life! Our method sears the outside of the steak and then finishes the cooking by basting it with butter and aromatics. It takes around 10 minutes to complete, results in the most flavorful steak and can save you the worry of: what’s for dinner tonight?

How do you pan searHow to Sear a Steak

While the grill gets all the claim to fame as the best way to cook a nice piece of steak, we’re here to say that you may have overlooked your cast iron skillet as the top choice because it is so easy from start to finish and results in the most flavorful steak there ever was. We’re talking all about How to Sear a Steak here and to finish it off with the most chef-worthy trick there is: basting it with butter and aromatics at the end to infuse it with flavor! Using this method to pan sear steak you’ll end up with steak that tastes the same as the $80 ones served at steakhouses. You’ll never go back!

Let’s talk about the Steak!

We choose to pan sear a boneless rib-eye, but this method could also work with a NY strip steak or even a filet mignon so long as the cut is about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. If it’s thinner than it will cook faster. Any larger than this then we recommend searing on the stovetop and finishing the steak in the oven for a more even cook time. The same goes for a piece of steak with a bone in it as it just won’t cook as evenly as desired in the skillet.

Buy the best steak you can afford for this one, as it’s the star of the show. It will be so much cheaper than anything you’ll find at a steakhouse to cook this for yourself at home, so if possible spend the extra few dollars to get a grass-fed rib-eye if possible.

What is the best way to sear a steak

Tips for Pan Searing a Steak

There are only a few things you’re going to want to get right when making this recipe:

  1. Take the chill off the steak before cooking! If possible let the steak sit at room temperature for about an hour before you sear it. This step isn’t make or break, but as much as possible take the chill off the meat so there is less shock when the meat is cooked. It will result in a more tender steak, but certainly it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cook the steak if you aren’t able to do this step.
  2. Season the steak well! Place a generous amount of coarse sea salt before you cook it. We skip the pepper until after it’s been seared on one side because coarse ground pepper can burn at such a high heat.
  3. Preheat the pan! Get that pan nice and hot before you put the steak inside of it to get that caramelized sear on it. We recommend a cast iron skillet here. They aren’t expensive and have a lot of uses in the kitchen. If you don’t have one a heavy bottomed pan that heats evenly can work in a pinch, but don’t try this with a thin pan.
  4. Check the temperature! We so often talk about taking a temperature here at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen and it’s because it’s such an easy tool to make you a better cook. Probe the meat with an instant read thermometer towards the end of cooking to make sure it’s at the exact temperature you want it to be.

What temperature to cook a steak to

If you like rare steak, stop cooking at 125°F.

If you like medium-rare steak, stop cooking at about 130°F.

If you like medium steak, stop cooking at 140°F.

If you like a well-done steak stop cooking at 150ºF-155ºF.

Searing steak cast iron skillet

What to serve with a pan seared steak:

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Pan seared steak with butter

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How to Sear a Steak

Cook Time 00:10 Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless rib-eye steaks, about 1 to 1-1/2 thick, about 1 - 1-½ pounds total
  • Avocado oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • Very small bunch of fresh thyme (about 12 stems)

Directions

  1. Pat steak dry with paper towels and sprinkle with generous amount of salt on each side. Let steak sit until it has come close to room temperature, about 1 hour or so.
  2. Over high heat, heat a 10”-12” well-seasoned cast iron pan until it is just about to smoke.
  3. Splash the steaks with avocado oil on one side and and place the steak oil side down in the hot pan, making sure as much of the steak surface is touching the hot pan by gently pressing down on it. Sear for 5 minutes undisturbed.
  4. Flip the steaks and make sure the other side of the steak is getting as much contact with the pan as well. Grind a generous amount of black pepper on the seared side. Continue to sear for another 3-4 minutes, until it has reached the desired temperature. We like ours around 135ºF (and it will go up another 5 degrees additionally while resting) but you can adjust to your desired temperature by cooking 1-2 minutes less or more.
  5. When it has reached 135ºF add the butter, garlic, and thyme to the pan and let is sit for 30 seconds until it has melted. Carefully tilt the pan slightly upwards so all the fat pours to the bottom. Repeatedly spoon the mixture, including the herbs and garlic over the steak, about 1 minute to baste the steak with flavor.
  6. Remove the steak from the pan, dripping off any excess oil and and let rest, tented with aluminum foil or alternative for 5 minutes with butter and herbs and garlic on it.
  7. Once done, remove the garlic and herbs and slice against the grain and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Some other options for pan seared steak are: NY strip, filet mignon.
  2. The cast iron skillet shouldn’t be so large that there is a lot of extra space, but not too small that it leaves the steak crowded.
  3. We don’t put the black pepper on the steak before it’s been seared because at a high temperature the peppercorns can burn and give off a bitter flavor.
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Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies

These Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies are the best for decorating holiday cookies! They are so simple to put together, can be rolled out immediately and decorated (or not) to celebrate any holiday! These versatile cookies are made with only 5 ingredients (plus a pinch of salt!) and are a great activity to do with the kids. We’ve included tips and tricks for decorating using an easy powdered sugar icing so you can get your holiday bake on now!

Almond flour sugar cookie dough

Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies

How cute are these Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies? They’re also easy to make, taste delicious and we’ve offered a few different flavor options so they’re customizable! They can be baked and left plain, or topped with good quality colored sugar, or they can be fully decorated to match the holiday you are celebrating!

We had SO MUCH FUN making them, and honestly it didn’t take long to come to a recipe that we were happy with. The best part about these cookies is that you don’t have to wait for them to chill before rolling out! Usually with sugar cookies the dough has to set up for a few hours in order to get great cookies, but we had amazing results with rolling the dough out immediately. You can also make the dough and then chill for a few hours to days if you want to break down the steps as well! Read below for some tips and tricks on how to make the cutest Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies!

gluten free sugar cookies

Tips for Rolling Out Dough

We may be biased but we felt this dough was SO EASY to roll out! For us it went straight from the mixing bowl to being rolled out! We didn’t have any issues moving the cut out cookies from where we rolled them out to the baking tray. But if you are a beginner cut-out cookie maker follow these tips below for best results:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment or plastic wrap.
  3. Stamp cookies out as close together as possible to get the most out of each time you roll out the dough.
  4. Using a small offset spatula or knife lift up cookies and transfer to baking sheet. If you are having trouble moving the cookies and having them keep there shape, place in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes until they are stiff.
  5. You can re-roll the scraps as many times as you would like because there is no gluten in these cookies so they won’t be tough from re-rolling!

gluten free sugar cookies almond flour

Tips for Decorating with Powdered Sugar Icing

As we said above, these cookies are delicious as is! But if you’d like to make decorative cookies at any time of the year we’ve included a recipe for a stiff powdered sugar icing. We chose this over a royal icing because it is a lot easier to make and the end result didn’t look too different. If you’d prefer to use royal icing, than feel free to use that instead.

  1. If you want to do more intricate decorating you’ll want to make two different consistency icings. One for piping, or borders, which is more thick. And a second for flooding a border, which is thinner.
  2. We tried out a few different types of artificial dye free food coloring (see below) to make the most festive cookies. Once you have mixed your base icings you can divide them into smaller bowls and add the natural food coloring.
  3. Pipe the border details first and let it dry briefly (10 minutes or so) before filling in the flooding icing.
  4. We piped ours using both piping bags and also tried using squeeze bottles. We didn’t use a tip in the piping bags we just cut a small hole! Squeeze bottles would be great to use with kids! We use these Piping Bags and these Mini Squeeze Bottles!
  5. Let the icing harden a bit before storing (a few hours, or until dry).
  6. Have fun with it!

How do I make gluten free cookies

Let’s talk about natural dye options:

We’ve talked about making your own food dye with food based powders this past year. While you certainly can frost there cookies with buttercream, it’s more traditional to use an icing so we tried out a bunch of different brands of artificial dye free food coloring. We actually loved them all, but they vary in price. We tried:

  • Whole Foods Market 365 Brand: This one was the most economical and worked well, except for the red which tinted more towards pink. This brand most resembles traditional dye in the sense that it comes in little liquid squeeze bottles. It is under $10 for a few different colors and offers a guide on the package to mix additional colors.
  • ColorKitchen Foods: This dye free coloring comes in powder form. You can mix it with your dry ingredients to hydrate, or add in a touch of water to hydrate before adding it in the icing (which is the method we used).This one was surprisingly very potent, but it’s on the pricier side. It comes in single use packets which can be either useful, or annoying if you don’t want to use the whole amount. At the time that we tried this brand they didn’t have a red color that we found, but since we developed this recipe they are offering a red velvet color (though we have not been able to try it yet).
  • TruColor: This brand works magically, but it is expensive and harder to find. It also comes in powdered form but in small jars (depending on the amount you order) so you can store any leftover right in the container. You must store it in the refrigerator. Any red coloring that you see in this post uses TruColor, and does in fact make a brilliant red.

How do you make gluten free sugar cookies from scratch

Don’t feel like stamping out designs with these cookies? No problem! The dough can also be formed into a log, placed in the refrigerator for about 1 hour (or more) and than sliced! Bake as directed. We’ve also included a couple of different flavor options in the post to include almond, citrus and mint!

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Paleo Cut Out Cookies

 

Gluten Free Cut Out Cookies

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:06 Yields about 12 cookies

Ingredients

Optional Flavors (choose one)

  • 1/2 teaspoon mint
  • 1 tablespoons orange zest
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

For Decorating

Directions

To Make Cookie Dough:

  1. In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer cream butter, honey and vanilla, until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes
  2. In a medium bowl add almond flour, tapioca flour and salt and whisk to combine.
  3. Add dry ingredients to butter and combine. It may look crumbly at first, but continue to mix until the dough comes together.
  4. Roll out immediately (see directions below) or wrap in plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator until ready to roll, up to 3 days.

To Roll Out and Bake Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Roll out to a thickness or 1/4" and stamp with cookie cutters. Carefully peel stamped cookies off parchment and place on baking sheet. They will not spread so you can spaces them as close as 1/4" apart.
  3. You can re roll scraps, chilling in between if dough is getting too warm.
  4. Bake for 7 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.
  5. Let cool before decorating.

To Decorate:

  1. Whisk 1-1/2 tablespoons almond milk, vanilla and powdered sugar together until smooth. You want it to be thick enough to pipe. If you plan to flood the cookie you can make two smaller batches and add a touch more almond milk to want to make it thinner to floor the cookie in between the piping icing. Drop in some food coloring (see post for more info) depending on what color you'd like to make. Decorate using squeeze bottles of piping bags.

Recipe Notes

  1. Read post for more information and tips for making these cut out cookies.
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Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Southern Spicy Butter

This Instant Pot Corn on the Cob recipe makes getting corn on the table a breeze, without heating up your house and keeping all that juicy flavor in the cobs! And the spicy southern compound butter adds just the right amount of flavor to make this corn on the cob stand out!

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

IT’S HERE! Southern Fried Chicken Dinner week. Each day this week we’ll be sharing a recipe to complete an epic southern dinner! We’re starting off with this easy corn on the cob, cooked in one of my favorite kitchen appliances: the Instant Pot!

Why Make Corn on the Cob in the Instant Pot?

Sure, there are a few other methods you can cook corn: steam, boil, grill. But we feel having this option in your back pocket on the nights when you don’t want to heat up the house with a pot of boiling water, or you don’t already have the grill going, the Instant Pot is the PERFECT way to cook it. Oh, and I can’t forget: THE FLAVOR. Cooking the corn in the Instant Pot yields the juiciest, most flavorful corn thanks to it’s quick cook under pressure. You can choose to leave the husk on during cooking, but we found it easier to take it off beforehand, or even better take it off at the store!

Can I grill the corn instead?

Of course you can! Here’s how to grill corn:

  1. Preheat your grill for high heat and lightly oil your grate.
  2. Peel back corn husks and remove silk. Spread out a piece of aluminum foil and add corn, then place 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn.
  3. Wrap each ear of corn tightly in the aluminum foil. Place on the prepared grill.
  4. Cook for 20-30 minutes until tender!

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

What is Compound Butter?

Compound butter is simply a mixture of softened butter and flavorful components like herbs and spices. We infuse our butter here with classic southern spices like celery seed, white pepper and cayenne, among others.

What butter do you use?

We here at LCK love pasture-raised grass-fed butter, like Kerrygold or Vital Farms.

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob

Stay tuned for the rest of the week for the Ultimate Southern Dinner:

Instant Pot Corn on the Cob with Southern Spicy Butter

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:03 Yields 6

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup grass-fed butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch allspice
  • 6 small ears of corn, shucked and cleaned (see note)
  • Scallions, for garnish

Directions

  1. To make compound butter: place butter, parsley and spices in a bowl and mash together. Transfer the butter to a small piece of parchment and wrap to form a log. Chill the butter until solid, about 1 hour.
  2. To make corn: set a trivet in Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water, then set shucked corn on top of trivet.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Remember to turn the pressure valve to SEALING function before cooking.
  4. Once done, use quick release function: turn knob to venting.
  5. Remove corn and top with compound butter and scallions.

Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe is for a 6  or 8 quart instant pot. If your IP is smaller, you may not be able to cook 6 corn cobs at once.
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