Frozen Steaks Cook Better Than Thawed Ones, Says Science

Frozen Steaks Cook Better Than Thawed Ones, Says Science
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Frozen Steaks Cook Better Than Thawed Ones, Says Science

Read on to learn why cooking frozen steak might result in a tastier dinner.

In America's Test Kitchen, Dan Souza took eight strip loin steaks and cut them in half. He then froze all the steaks, but let half of each steak thaw in the fridge overnight.

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With a skillet, Souza then seared both the frozen and thawed steaks for 90 seconds on each side before tossing them in the oven. He cooked the steaks until they were medium rare at 125 degree Fahrenheit.

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The chefs tasted each steak and preferred the previously frozen steaks to the previously thawed steaks.

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Souza found that the frozen steak lost less moisture than the thawed steak. The frozen steak also cooked more evenly.

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The previously frozen steak also contained less "gray band," which is the overcooked part of the steak that turns grey. The frozen steaks also browned faster than their thawed counterparts when seared.

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Business Insider points out that steaks must be properly frozen to achieve Souza's results. Souza recommends setting the steaks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Then once the steaks are completely frozen you can wrap them in plastic and store them in a plastic bag. Simply storing steaks in a bag can result in moisture or ice to form on the steak, which can cause flare-ups when searing steak in oil.

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Now that you know how to cook a frozen steak, learn how to defrost a steak without electricity in five minutes!

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Steak is a favorite dinner of many a carnivore, and there are so many things you can do with it! If you've bought fresh beef at the grocery store and aren't planning to make it right away, you probably pop it in the freezer to save it for when you're ready. But when that time comes, you might not remember to allow enough time for the meat to thaw completely. (Though it's been said that with this trick you can defrost a steak in just five minutes!)

If you don't even have that kind of time, not to worry. According to a new video making the rounds, there's a solution for that: cook it frozen! Dan Souza, senior editor of Cook's Illustrated, decided to test the taste of steak that's cooked frozen versus steak that's cooked after being thawed. The results were very surprising.

Check out the slideshow above to learn why it could be better to cook frozen rather than thawed steak.

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