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1. Simple Salt and Pepper

  • Description: The classic and most straightforward method, where the steak is generously seasoned with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides.

  • Purpose: Salt enhances the natural flavors of the meat, while pepper adds a slight heat and complexity.

2. Herb Rub

  • Description: A mixture of fresh or dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, and parsley is combined with salt and pepper.

  • Purpose: Adds an aromatic and earthy flavor profile, perfect for complementing the rich taste of the steak.

3. Garlic and Herb Butter

  • Description: A compound butter made by mixing softened butter with minced garlic, chopped herbs (like parsley or chives), salt, and pepper. This is spread on the steak before or after cooking.

  • Purpose: Adds a rich, savory, and slightly tangy flavor while keeping the steak moist.

4. Spice Rub

  • Description: A blend of spices such as paprika, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder, rubbed into the steak before cooking.

  • Purpose: Creates a flavorful crust and adds depth and complexity to the steak with a bit of heat and smokiness.

5. Marinade

  • Description: A liquid mixture, typically including an acid (like vinegar or citrus juice), oil, herbs, spices, and sometimes a sweetener. The steak is marinated for a few hours or overnight.

  • Purpose: Tenderizes the meat while infusing it with a robust and balanced flavor.

6. Coffee Rub

  • Description: Ground coffee mixed with spices like paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and pepper, rubbed onto the steak.

  • Purpose: Adds a unique, slightly bitter flavor with a deep, caramelized crust.

7. Dry Brine

  • Description: The steak is coated with a generous amount of salt and left to rest uncovered in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

  • Purpose: Draws out moisture which is then reabsorbed, leading to a more evenly seasoned, juicier, and tender steak.

8. Asian-inspired Seasoning

  • Description: A combination of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and green onions, often used as a marinade.

  • Purpose: Adds a savory, umami-rich flavor with a hint of sweetness and spice.

9. Balsamic Vinegar and Brown Sugar

  • Description: A mixture of balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, salt, and pepper, sometimes used as a glaze during the last few minutes of cooking.

  • Purpose: Adds a sweet and tangy flavor with a beautiful caramelized finish.

10. Chimichurri Sauce

  • Description: A vibrant green sauce made from parsley, cilantro, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and red pepper flakes, served over or alongside the steak.

  • Purpose: Provides a fresh, herbaceous, and slightly spicy contrast to the rich steak flavor.

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