This article explains how to cook round steak to perfection using different cooking methods.
- All Cooking Methods
- Sear on Stove Top
- Sear on Stove & Finish in Oven
- Cook in Oven at Low Heat
- Oven Broiling
- Cooking Times Guidelines
- Marinating & Tenderizing
- Steak Recipes
- How to Buy Quality Round Steak
All Cooking Methods
1. Sear on Stove Top
This method is, arguably, the most commonly used, when it comes to round steak.
The guide you are about to check out is an attempt to get into the most detail.
2. Sear on Stove & Finish in Oven
Quickly sear it on the stove and finish it in the oven.
This technique helps to develop browning and gently finish the steak in oven.
Works great with thick cuts.
3. Cook in Oven at Low Heat
Cooking this cut slowly in oven is the best way to retain tenderness.
It’s especially great for when you are cooking it medium-rare.
4. Oven Broiling
Broiling this cut in a conventional oven is a tricky business…
However with a bit of insight on how to cook round steak with a broiler, it is possible to get some pretty good results!
5. Cooking Times Guidelines
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 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.