The NuWave Oven offers a fast and convenient cooking approach, similar to a microwave, but delivering better and healthier results. When using a NuWave, steak is penetrated with a specific kind of heat, ensuring that the inside is fully cooked without burning the outside.
What Is a NuWave?
The NuWave is an infrared oven that uses three different systems simultaneously: infrared, which penetrates food, conduction — like a conventional oven, and convection, which circulates hot air around the food. There are some unique benefits to a NuWave, which go beyond those associated with a microwave or conventional oven. You can crisp the crust on your leftover pizza, boil an egg in four minutes or cook a frozen rib roast under two hours.
This cooking device doesn't require the same preheating cycle that a traditional oven does, which means you can prepare your food up to 70 percent faster. As a result, you're also using up to 75 percent less energy.
The NuWave also has a triple cooking feature, allowing you to prepare multiple foods at the same time. The oven is relatively easier to clean compared to tradition ovens, but you have to clean it more often — ideally, after every use.
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Prioritize Food Safety
Whether it be on a grill, in an oven or in a NuWave, it's important to prioritize food safety when handling and cooking meat. Although steak is safer to eat in its raw form than chicken, it's still not 100 percent safe.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, meat can contain harmful bacteria, such as E. coli or salmonella, which may cause food poisoning. There are minimum temperature requirements based on what type of meat you cook:
- Ground beef must be heated at a temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, you cannot serve any ground meat medium-rare because the grinding process allows germs and bacteria to easily penetrate the meat.
- Steaks, roasts and pork should be heated to 145 F. People often enjoy their steaks at different temperatures, such as medium-rare or well done. You have a bit more flexibility with the internal temperature of steaks than you do with ground beef, but for safest consumption, the internal temperature should reach 145 F.
- Poultry must be heated to 165 F. There are really no exceptions here as undercooked chicken can cause severe food poisoning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that food poisoning may range from mild to severe, depending on what germs or bacteria you ingested. Symptoms may include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
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How to Cook a NuWave Steak
There are many different ways to cook steak, even in a NuWave. For a tasty dish, try our Skirt Steak with the Best Chimichurri Sauce Ever recipe, which has only 502 calories and a whopping 32 grams of protein per serving.
For an easy meal, remove the meat from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels. Rub the exterior with olive or vegetable oil, salt, pepper and your favorite steak seasoning.
Unlike grills, you have to clean the NuWave cooking rack every time you use it. Insert the cooking rack in your NuWave oven and place the steaks side-by-side on the rack, making sure they don't touch each other. Close the oven by placing the NuWave dome cover over it, turning it clockwise until it locks, and then locking the handles on both sides.
Set the power level to high and cook the meat for five to six minutes on each side. Depending on how you like your meat, you may want to cook it for a bit longer.
Although some people may say they can tell when their meat is done just by looking at it, you can never be sure without using a meat thermometer. The USDA states that there is actually a difference between your meat being "done" and being "safe." Meat is only safe when it has been cooked to a high enough temperature to kill off the remaining bacteria.
Remember to test it with a thermometer to make sure it has reached the correct internal temperature — in this case, that should be at least 145 F. Next, remove the steak from the oven, place it on a platter, cover it for five minutes and enjoy!