Cooking steak in a toaster oven is easy. If you know how to broil steak in an oven, you can essentially follow the same recipe. However, a toaster oven is smaller than a normal oven and may cook your steak faster than average, so make the appropriate adjustments.
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Cooking Steak in Toaster Ovens
Cooking a steak in a toaster oven might seem like a strange idea. However, it's not too different from grilling a steak. Most toaster oven recipes can be considered equivalent to regular oven recipes; they simply take less time.
If you already know how to broil a steak in an oven, you can apply the same technique when cooking steak in your Toastmaster toaster oven. It's best to broil cuts like sirloin, T-bone and ribeye.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, a healthy serving of steak weighs about 3 ounces (85 grams). To cook a steak in a toaster oven, you'll need at least one sheet of aluminum foil and the following ingredients for each 3-ounce serving of steak:
- 1 large pinch of garlic salt
- 1 large pinch of black pepper
- 1 small (teaspoon-sized) pat of ghee or butter
- 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
According to an August 2014 study in the Journal of Food Research and Technology, ghee is often infused with natural antioxidants, like herbs and spices. These natural antioxidants can enhance both the flavor and nutritional value of your meal.
Step 1: Preheat Your Toaster Oven
Preheat your toaster oven by turning to the broil setting.
Step 2: Prepare Your Tray
Take the baking tray out of the Toastmaster toaster oven. Line it with aluminum foil.
Take a second sheet of aluminum foil and make it into a bowl or boat-like shape, then place it on the baking tray. This is where you'll put your steak.
This aluminum foil boat will hold the juices of the steak as it cooks, preventing them from running all over the tray. This helps keep your steak tender. It also makes clean-up easier.
Step 3: Season Your Steak
Place the ghee or butter in the aluminum foil boat you've made. Coat your steak with the garlic salt and black pepper. Once you're certain an even amount of seasoning has been added to each side, you can put your steak in the aluminum foil boat on top of the ghee.
Drizzle a small amount of avocado oil on top of the steak before you put your pan in the oven. Make sure your baking tray is slotted onto the toaster oven's broiler rack.
Step 4: Broil on Both Sides
Cook your steak for five to seven minutes. When this time is up, take out the tray and flip your steak over. If you have any remaining avocado oil left, apply it to this side of the steak. Cook the other side for another five to seven minutes.
Step 5: Check the Internal Temperature
Check to see if your steak is thoroughly cooked. The USDA recommends that you cook your steak to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius).
Step 6: Rest for Three Minutes
If your steak has reached the appropriate internal temperature, you should take it out of the oven. Move it onto your plate, then let it rest for three minutes.
The USDA says this rest period allows the temperature of the steak to continue to rise, killing any bacteria that might remain inside. Resting also helps the meat retain its juices, resulting in a more tender, tasty steak.
Step 7: Serve and Savor
Once your steak has rested for the appropriate time, it's ready to eat. You can pour the remaining juices from the foil boat that you made onto your steak or use it to enhance the flavor when making gravies such as LIVESTRONG.com's World's Best Paleo Gravy.
- Harvard Health Publishing: "Cutting Red Meat-For a Longer Life"
- Journal of Food Research and Technology: "Natural Antioxidant Use in Ghee-A Mini Review "
- USDA: "Cooking Meat? Check the New Recommended Temperatures"
- Manuals Online: Toastmaster Toaster Oven Broiler Use & Care Instructions
- Texas Beef Council: Cooking School; Broiling