Recipe Shed Vlog: How to cook the perfect steak…Heston Blumenthal-style

This is my second vlog, and as you can tell, I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet, but I will persist. In this vlog, I’m demonstrating how to cook the perfect steak, Heston Blumenthal-style.

There are 5 key principles:

1. Use a cast iron pan and get it smoking hot.

2. Oil the steak, not the pan.

3. Season the steak with sea salt, but not pepper before cooking (the pepper will burn). Add pepper after cooking.

4. Flip the steak every 15 seconds so that it cooks all the way through and to get a caramelised crust – something known as the Maillard reaction.

5. Allow the steaks to rest for a full 5 minutes on a rack over a plate so that the juices return back to the centre of the meat.

The perfect steak should be medium-rare and will take approx. 2-3 mins, though my wife and I prefer ours rare.


This recipe is for Heston’s Beef Tagliare, taken from his cookbook Heston Blumenthal at Home.

Serves 2

2 sirloin steaks, trimmed
Olive oil
Handful of rocket leaves
Paremsan shavings
Peel of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
2 rosemary sprigs
3 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Sear the steaks and leave to rest. Take the pan off the heat.

2. Meanwhile, in the same pan, add the ingredients for the dressing. Mix together, then drain through a sieve into a bowl.

3. Slice the steaks very thinly, approx 1 cm. Drizzle with half the dressing. Add the rocket leaves and Parmesan shavings. Drizzle over the rest of the dressing. I also served ours with baked new potatoes.




Filed under Beef, Recipe Shed, Vlogs

8 Responses to Recipe Shed Vlog: How to cook the perfect steak…Heston Blumenthal-style

  1. Am loving your vlogs. You and your wife really make me chuckle!
    Paula x

  2. Okay Keith, now you’re just turning into a vlogging whore! LOL I love how you’ve got Heston’s cookbook (I’m assuming) plastered with yellow Post-It notes with recipes to try. I’m in for a lot of vlogging viewing then! I could smell the steaks from here. Just gorgeous.

    And in the great words of The Platters,

    “They said someday you’ll find
    All who love are blind
    Oh, when your heart’s on fire
    You must realize
    Smoke gets in your eyes.”

    Anne xx

  3. The steaks do look amazing but I can’t help wondering if 5 mins of cooking was worth the fact that both of you then would have had to throw all your clothes in the wash and shower with hair wash after standing in all that frying smoke. Not to mention a film of grease over much of the kitchen.

    Btw, Kosher salt is very coarse salt (probably the sea salt you were using). Jewish women used it to draw the blood out of raw meat, thereby making it kosher.

  4. Looks good – I’m impressed with your vlog.

  5. Love it! You’ve really got the hang of vlogging and so lucky to have a camerawoman at your service too. Really fancy a steak now :)

  6. I love the fact that you are willing to fill your flat with smoke in pursuit of a great steak, don’t remember Heston’s looking like that on the TV :)
    Oh and it seems that your camera woman fancies herself as a director…

  7. Carl

    Very Good.

    Always remember to lay steaks (or anything else put into a hot pan) AWAY from you though.

  8. Kai

    Excellent! im having a bash at this tonight…. we’ll see how it goes! you seem quite a proficiant cook to get those results! well done…..