If you are wondering how to cook round steak, then you are in the right place.
You probably know that round steak is pretty tough cut to manage – lean, dry and tasteless (if cooked incorrectly).
That’s why I created cooking guides for this tricky cut.
Round Steak Cooking Methods – Becoming the Steak Pro
Round steak is one of those lean, inexpensive cuts, which needs special treatment when being cooked.
I’ve seen this too often – overcooked, dried out, chewy…you know what it’s like. 😉
And what’s the reason behind? Is it the recipe’s fault…or the cook’s?
Actually it’s the method that’s missing!
This is exactly what I do by helping you stop wasting your taste buds by chewing unchewable and eating uneatable flavorless round steak.
Here is what you can find on this page:
This method is, arguably, the most commonly used, when it comes to cooking round steak.
It doesn’t require a ton of equipment and is the quickest way to cook a great dinner!
Quickly sear it on the stove and finish it in the oven.
Works great with thick cuts.
This technique helps to develop browning and gently finish the steak in oven.
Cast iron is an awesome alloy that accumulates tremendous amounts of heat and helps to really sear and brown steak.
It takes a while to warm up and requires seasoning to prevent stickiness.
Cooking this cut slowly in oven is a great way to retain its tenderness and flavor, so you can really enjoy eating it.
After that, quickly sear the surface for the browning to develop and voilà…flavor kicks!
Is it even possible to prepare this lean, chewy cut without bothering to be physically present at the cooking scene?
It turns out – YES! Sous vide lets you do THAT and so much more…
Inserting a piece of beef into a plastic bag while leaving it in a warm bath might seem weird, but it works!
Broiling this cut in a conventional oven is a tricky business…
However with a bit of insight and experience, it is possible to get some pretty good results.
How long does it take to cook round steak in oven, on the grill or on stove?
This ultimate guide to steak cooking times will help you get exactly what you are looking for, even if you don’t have a meat thermometer!
Marinating & Tenderizing
How to make lean and tough round steak a bit more tender and chewable?
Here is a couple of ideas to help you out…
This 5-minute guide will guide you through the marinating process, making it very easy.
It answers a couple of FAQs (e.g. how long marinated steak is good for in the fridge) and gives a couple useful ideas.
Need a practical, first-hand advice on how to get your steak marinating on the next level?
Even before starting to prepare round steak in the oven or the stove top, you might consider tenderizing it, especially if the steak itself is very big or you prefer softer meat.
There are few ways of doing it – so tenderize round steak.
Quick and easy marinade ideas, which do the job.
How to Buy Quality Round Steak
Unlike other more expensive cuts of beef (e.g. rib eye), round steak is relatively leaner and chewier – it comes from the rare part of the animal, which ‘works out’ quite a lot during the lifetime of the cow.
This is why we recommend you look for a round steak that has been matured (a.k.a. dry-aged/hanged) for at least 14 days (try 21- and 28-day matured if you find them too).
Dry aging is the process of natural protein molecule decomposition, which occurs as a result of enzymatic action within the meat itself.
In simple language – maturing softens meat and concentrates flavor (as a result of moisture evaporating). This is just what we need with chewy and lean round steak.
We also recommend you go organic grass-fed. Not only will you enjoy a better flavor, but you will also gain all the health benefits seen in wild game meat – higher nutrient density and better fatty acid profile (good for cardiovascular health).
Money saving tip: instead of ordering round steaks piece by piece, buy the entire roast (i.e. a larger piece of meat which they cut steaks from) and cut steaks yourself – it works out much cheaper!
You can also try cow-pooling as an overall savings strategy.