Ask the Cook
Tina writes, "How do I make a steak more tender and juicy? I heard letting it soak in water helps."
I would definitely not advise soaking a steak in water. There is a process of soaking meat or poultry in a brine made of water and salt, but this process is utilized on tough, large pieces like turkey or pork shoulder.
A steak becomes more tender if it is marinated. The marinating actually begins the cooking process in that it breaks down the sinewy tissues. Salting the steak in advance will also tend to toughen it. Always salt the steak as you are cooking it - not before.
For a terrifically tender steak, marinate it in a combination of olive oil, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, scallions and fresh thyme for at least one hour and as much as overnight. Heat an outdoor grill or a grill pan on high heat. Place the steak on the grill and DO NOT move it. High heat allows the steak to sear in the juices. For a thick steak, 1 ½ to 2 inches, turn after 8 to 10 minutes. Sear the steak on the other side. The steak is done when you place your index finger onto the surface and you feel resistance. The less resistance, the more rare the steak. Remember that your steak will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill, so for a juicy steak, remove it from the heat before you feel it is done.
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