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How to Cook Your Steak Black and Blue at Home

author image Hannah Wickford
After attending Fairfield University, Hannah Wickford spent more than 15 years in market research and marketing in the consumer packaged goods industry. In 2003 she decided to shift careers and now maintains three successful food-related blogs and writes online articles, website copy and newsletters for multiple clients.
How to Cook Your Steak Black and Blue at Home
A black and bleu steak steak served with vegetables. Photo Credit: martinturzak/iStock/Getty Images

Black and bleu steak, a staple menu item at most steakhouses and chophouses across the country, gets its name from the blackened seasonings used to season the steak and a topping of rich bleu cheese. Black and blue steak, also known as Pittsburgh rare, is a cooking technique for steak that is native to the Pittsburgh area. The New York strip steak used to make these dishes is not only flavorful, it is one of the 29 cuts of beef that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared lean. One 3-oz. strip steak contains only 6 g of fat, with 2.3 g from saturated fats.

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Blackened With Bleu Cheese

Step 1

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and allow them to sit for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Preheat a cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat for roughly 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Coat the steaks with the melted butter.

Step 4

Divide the blackened seasoning and rub equal amounts into both steaks to coat them.

Step 5

Place the seasoned steaks into the preheated skillet and cook them on one side for 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 6

Flip the steaks over using tongs.

Step 7

Top each steak with half of the bleu cheese, pressing it down firmly, and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 8

Check the internal temperature of each steak with an instant-read thermometer. If you want your steaks medium-rare, the thermometer should read 135 degrees Fahrenheit, and 150 degrees Fahrenheit for medium. If the steaks have not reached these temperatures, place the skillet in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the steaks are the desired temperature.

Step 9

Place the steaks on a serving platter, and allow them to rest for a minimum of 10 minutes. This resting period allows the juices that were drawn out of the meat during the cooking process to absorb back into the steak. The steaks continue to cook during this time, reaching their final temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare and 160 degrees Fahrenheit for medium.

Pittsburgh Rare

Step 1

Preheat a cast-iron skillet over high heat for at least 5 minutes, either on the stovetop or a covered grill. You need extremely high heat, 500 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, to properly cook a steak black and blue, or Pittsburgh rare, so that it becomes very charred on the outside while the inside remains raw and cool to the touch.

Step 2

Place the steak on the heated skillet or directly over the flame on the grill and cook it for 1 to 2 minutes, or just until it takes on a charred look.

Step 3

Flip the steak using tongs, and cook it for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until both sides of the steak have a significantly charred crust.

Step 4

Remove the steak from the skillet or grill, and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

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