How to Cook a Steak. Because it involves timing, temperature and seasoning, cooking a steak is a great test of your culinary skills. And there's a lot on the line, because a good cut of meat isn't cheap. Which means getting it wrong is a blow to your taste buds, your ego and your pocketbook. Cooking the perfect steak might not be the easiest thing in the world, but with practice you can master it. Here's how to cook the perfect steak every time.
Though you can follow this procedure with almost any tender cut of beef (and with chicken breasts, if that direction appeals to you), it's a perfect treatment for tenderloin medallions (filet mignon). (Photo: Craig Lee for The New York Times)