Pan-fried beef chuck steak is a convenient yet delicious cut of beef because of its large amount of fat and gristle, which gives it an amazing flavor. There are many different ways to prepare chuck steak, but if you're on a diet, try frying it without breading to cut calories.
What Is Chuck Steak?
Chuck steak is one of the most affordable beef cuts and can be cooked with the bone in or without it. This type of meat has a lot of fat and gristle, which makes it tough and chewy, but it also gives it a rich flavor. It can be cut into pieces and used in stews, slow-cooked dishes, pot roasts and other beef dishes, such as this LIVESTRONG.com recipe, which is loaded with protein.
According to the USDA, a 3-ounce serving of braised chuck blade roast provides 290 calories, 21 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein. Like other meats, it contains no carbs, making it ideal for those on low-carb and ketogenic diets.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that beef meat should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit and then allowed to rest for at least three minutes before serving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises consumers who plan to cook raw meat to follow four steps: clean, separate, cook and chill.
Clean your hands and the surfaces you're working on before and after handling the meat. Use separate cutting boards if you're cooking meat, poultry or seafood at the same time to prevent cross-contamination, which allows germs to spread. It's extremely important to cook meat at the correct internal temperature (minim 145 Farenheit) to destroy the bacteria that can make you sick. Finally, refrigerate meat at 40 Farenheit or lower.
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Pan-Fried Beef Chuck Steak
There are endless possible ways to cook meat, including chuck tender steak and our delicious Gremolata Beef Roast recipe. Many people coat the steak with breading, but since the meat is already is high in fat, it's better to skip the breading. For a non-breaded chuck steak, follow this recipe:
Things You'll Need
Heavy-bottomed frying pan
Remove the chuck steak from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels. Rub it with salt and pepper and any seasoning you prefer, whether it's thyme, rosemary, chili powder or garlic powder. Add cooking oil to a large heavy-bottom frying pan and heat on medium-high. Make sure to add just enough cooking oil to coat the bottom.
Add the steak to the frying pan and sear for about two minutes without moving the meat in order to get a nice brown crust. Next, use a spatula or tongs to flip it to the other side and sear it.
Keep flipping the chuck steak every 30 to 60 seconds. Spoon the pan juices over the top after each turn. This allows for accelerated cooking and browning.
It's important to note that you cannot safely guess the internal temperature of the steak. Use a meat thermometer for this purpose. Cook the meat until it reaches at least 145 Farenheit to prevent foodborne illnesses. Once it's ready, take it out of the frying pan and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
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