Chef’s Tip: When to put the pepper on the steak

Katie Brown

You want to make the perfect steak for your loved one. So you turn the pan up high, drizzle in a little olive oil, season your steak well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper pop it into the pan and let it sit untouched, just like you were told, waiting for it to begin caramelising. And then your pan begins to smoke, you start to gently cough, then you start to cough a lot and before long the smoke alarm starts blaring and your rushing around swearing, hoisting open windows, swinging the kitchen door too and thro and swatting the air with a tee-towel.

Had food and lifestyle expert Katie Brown been in your kitchen you would not now be whimpering apologies for destroying a fine peice of meat, again. Katie’s trick- pepper burns, people, so season your steak only with salt before placing it in a hot pan and once you’ve turned it over sprinkle with your carefully crushed peppercorns. Wahlah- steak au poivre sans fumée. Oh, now you tell me, I hear you cry.

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