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What Does Butter Basting Steak Actually Do?
By C.A. Pinkham
One of the best ways to upgrade your homemade steak is to butter-baste it. This cooking method makes the meat taste better and creates a perfectly seared crust on the outside.
Cooking comes down to building flavor carefully over time, and this technique essentially lacquers the steak, applying layers of butter that form a dense, uniform crust.
The method is pretty simple: cook the steak in oil for two-thirds of the time, then add butter to the pan, tilt it, and repeatedly spoon the butter over the still-sizzling steak.
This technique takes a bit more effort and may not be ideal since it creates a slight ring of grey under the crust. You can still get a medium rare, but it won't be red throughout.
Although it can produce a restaurant-quality steak, butter-basting prolongs the cooking process since the steak needs to be tilted away from the heat as it's being basted.