All About Steak

11 Sep

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When most people think about steak, they picture a thick-cut, well-marbled piece of beef cooked on a hot grill and enjoyed, maybe with some mushrooms, Caesar salad and a glass of red wine. While this isn’t wrong, it’s only one piece of the whole steak picture.

Did you know there are actually three categories of steak, with each category representing a different preparation style for different cuts of beef? Here’s a quick look at the three categories:

Grilling Steak: This category includes beef cuts that are tender and flavourful enough that they can be prepared very simply and cooked on a BBQ or indoors in a hot cast iron pan. When I’m craving beef, this is often what I want to cook. A great sirloin can seasoned with just a bit of salt and pepper, and maybe a drizzle of olive oil, then cooked to a perfect medium-rare. It’s a perfect meal for a beautiful summer evening, as far as I’m concerned. Check out this simple grilled steak recipe from the Canadian Beef website.

Marinating Steak: This is a steak that can be cooked on the grill, but needs a little more prep work to make the meat tender and flavourful. Cuts in this category are perfect candidates for your favorite marinade. Go Mexican with Carne Asada, or try some Asian flavours.

Simmering Steak: Simmering steaks need to be cooked slowly in liquid to ensure they come out fork-tender. Check out these simmering steak recipes for one-pot meals you can leave to cook in the oven or the slow cooker while you spend time doing other things.

If you want to learn more about different types of steaks and pick up a few cooking tips and recipe ideas, consider joining Canadian Beef for a Twitter party on Thursday September 13th at 8:30 p.m. EST. Follow the discussion using the hashtag #loveCDNbeef.


I’ve been given a set of four CUTCO steak knives to give away to one lucky reader of Communal Table. I have a set of these myself, and they’re sharp and a good weight, with a comfortable grip – everything I look for in a good steak knife.

To win, just leave a comment telling me what you’d use your new steak knives for. A simple grilled steak? A blade steak simmered slowly in beer? Maybe teriyaki-marinated flank steak? Whatever it is, let me know. I’ll draw a winner from all comments left by noon EST next Sunday, September 16. Good luck!

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6 Responses to “All About Steak”

  1. Alana Firestone September 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    My first steak I was a vegetarian for 11 years and now slowly loving meat

  2. ML September 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    I’d use the knives for Mario’s garlic, rosemary and olive oil marinated grilled steak!

  3. Victoria September 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

    Filet Mignon wrapped in double smoked bacon with a roasted garlic infused béarnaise sauce and a side of grilled rib-eye because meat.

  4. Bev Edge September 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    I’d use my new knives on a nice pan-fried steak topped with butter fried onions and blue cheese.

  5. Terryc Crohn September 14, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Filet mignon on the bbq. Simple and delicious.

  6. sybaritica September 15, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Maybe my Steak with Lemon-Cumin Pesto…

    PS. Don’t include me in the draw… the shipping cost would be outrageous 🙂

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