To me the best way to cook steak is over a high heat such as a barbecue or very hot frying pan.
If steak is in a vac pac bag, remove and dry well in kitchen towel, this will stop the steak boiling in its own juices rather than searing well, especially if the pan or barbecue are not that hot.
Season the meat well with salt and pepper just before cooking
If cooking on a barbecue, get the bars very hot, then oil the steak (before seasoning) and then oil the barbecue bars, this will make sure the steak does not stick
Sear over a high heat on both sides and cook to the desired degree
Always rest the steaks, off the heat loosely covered with foil for as long as you cook them in a warm place. Bear in mind that the steak will continue to cook for a little time once off the heat, so adjust your cooking time for a rare or medium steak.
Tomato onion salad
Serves: 4 people
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: None
4 large ripe plum or vine tomatoes at room temperature
½ red onion, very finely sliced
Few Rocket leaves (optional)
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon (optional)
2 tbsp vinegar, any really will do (I love sherry vinegar)
1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard
4 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
Make the dressing by placing the vinegar, mustard, pinch salt, pepper and sugar into a bowl
Whisk in the oil and adjust the seasoning if needed
Add tarragon is using
Slice the tomatoes horizontally, not too thin
Layer the tomato slices with red onion slices (rocket if using) spoon over the dressing and leave for 15 minutes