Kitchen sink steak, yes, you read that correctly and no I am not crazier than the average guy next door. Although I can guarantee you that nice fella next door does not cook his steak like this – even if he is the coolest hipster on the block with the meanest beard and best fitted three-piece in town.
So, enough about fantasising over bearded men in nice clothing. Let’s get back to something a bit more exotic – like our kitchen sink steak.
I first came across this idea when I was a child growing up and seeing meat defrosting in a sink filled with cold water. Naturally I was in a hurry to get to the good part of cooking it instead of having to wait ages for it to thaw, so I added a load of hot water from the kettle at which point my mom came in and freaked out. I instantly realised my stupidity knowing that the meat on the outside is now grey and boiled while the meat on the inside was still frozen and raw. Not great for taste, quality or safety. Dumb right? I know, but whatever years later I am a successful chef using expensive kitchen equipment to do essentially what I did as a kid. Only difference is I now know how to use that sink and boiling kettle to my advantage to cook a perfect steak.
Most of you would have heard of sous-vide by now as most restaurants worth their salt use this method to cook their food as it heats food evenly and gently in a bag which seals in flavour, moisture, colour and yields a perfect product. Few people have access to expensive kitchen gadgets though, but that should not stop you. If there were one thing I learned in my time in the kitchen it would be the old saying of where there is a will, there is most definitely a way! With sous vide it doesn’t get much easier.
” I can guarantee you that nice fella next door does not cook his steak like this “
Talking of which… If you are ever busy making sushi and you cut your finger with your super sharp samurai knife, use a bit of nori to wrap around your finger – works amazingly well. I saw a chef today with nori wrapped around his finger and thought it was genius. He is Russian, which made it even more special as we all know there are no limits to Russian creativity right? And no, I am not cooking my steak in a sink because I live in Russia. We do have those sous-vide gadgets but this one is for you my friends so let’s get going.
Go buy yourself a good quality steak and Ziploc bags, try the recipe and let me know how I can bill you – just kidding “for you, for free, love you long time!” Enjoy