You can really enjoy a well-cooked round steak. With the right materials and a little eye for detail, you can easily cook the perfect round steak.
What is round steak?
The round steak is one of the most tender cuts of beef. It’s cut from a large round muscle from the femur or upper buttock of the beef.
After the filet mignon, the tendon is the softest muscle of the cow. It’s also a lean piece of meat. Due to the lack of fat, a round steak can dry out if it’s not cooked properly.
Many people love round steak. It’s relatively cheap compared to other cuts of steak.
How to cook round steak?
In addition to frying or grilling the round steak, it’s also used to make roast beef or steak tartare. A steak tartare is raw beef or horse meat that’s chopped and flavored with various ingredients.
The round steak is easy to cook. You can fry it in the pan or grill it on the barbecue. Both methods require you to give both sides of the meat a few minutes of heat.
- Take the meat out of the refrigerator an hour in advance and let it come to room temperature before you start frying it in a pan. This ensures that the steak cooks more evenly. If you pan-fry the round steak straight from the refrigerator, it may look good on the outside, but it won’t be fully cooked on the inside.
- Pat both sides of the steak dry with a paper towel. By removing the moisture from the meat, the meat will be fried better.
- Season the steak with salt and leave it for half an hour. The salt extracts the juices from the meat and creates a kind of salt solution that breaks down and softens the tissue in the meat.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. The oil is hot when it starts to smoke. It’s best to use oil with a high smoke content. These types of oil are well suited for frying meat without a burnt taste.
- Place the meat in the pan and sear it completely within a minute.
- Reduce the heat slightly and fry both sides of the steak for 2 minutes for medium rare. Scoop the fat over the meat several times with a spoon.
- If you want to add even more flavor to the round steak, add a shallot, garlic, rosemary or thyme.
- With a thermometer you can see if the meat has reached the right temperature. To do this, insert the thermometer into the meat after 4 minutes. Make sure you don’t hit the pan. For a medium-rare result, remove the steak from the pan at 48 ℃.
- Let the steak rest for 2 minutes, covered with aluminum foil.
- Cut the meat into thin slices by cutting it against the grain.
- Take the meat out of the refrigerator an hour in advance and let it come to room temperature before you start frying it in a pan.
- Season the meat with salt. We sprinkle some pepper over the meat afterwards. Because that can burn.
- Place the steak on the barbecue and grill both sides on the hot zone of the barbecue for a few minutes.
- Then cook the round steak on a less hot zone until it has reached a core temperature of about 48 ℃.
- Remove the steak from the barbecue and let it rest, loosely covered with aluminum foil, for 2 minutes.
Recipe: Round steak with fried mushrooms and rösti
Round steak with fried mushrooms and rösti
- 4 round steaks
- 2 shallots
- 250 gr mixed mushrooms
- 1 tbsp chives finely chopped
- 8 rösti recipe
- splash sunflower oil
- lump butter
- black pepper freshly grounded
- Take the steaks out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before serving, pat them dry and season them with freshly grounded pepper and salt.
- Meanwhile, clean the shallot and cut into thin rings.
- Cut or tear the mushrooms.
- Heat a dash of sunflower oil in a frying pan until it is hot and fry the steaks on 1 side at high heat until they are seared well.
- Turn over the meat, let it cook for another 3 minutes and then add a generous knob of butter. Spoon the frying butter on top of it continuously until the meat has a nice colour. Remove from the pan and let rest on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Cover it with a sheet of aluminium foil if necessary.
- Braise the shallot in the pan that you used for the steak until it is translucent. Turn up the heat and add the mushrooms and a knob of butter. Bake for a few minutes until nicely browned.
- Season with salt and pepper and add the chopped chives.
- Cut the round steak into nice slices and add the mushrooms with some butter on top of it. Serve with the röstis.
Looking for more inspiration? Then see below more recipes with round steak. Or check our beef recipes for even more inspiration.