The three basic essentials
1. Heat the pan, barbecue or grill to moderately hot before you add the steaks. This ensures maximum flavour and tenderness. The steak should sizzle as it makes contact with the heat. Don't crowd the barbecue as this reduces the heat and the meat will then release juices and begin to stew.
2. Turn the steaks once only. The more you flip the steak, the tougher it gets. Let the steak cook on one side until moisture appears on top, then turn it.
3. Learn to test when your steaks are done. Knowing when your steak is ready to be removed from the heat is the key to a perfectly cooked steak. Use either the back of your tongs or fingertip (clean hands please) and press the centre of the steak. Rare is soft when pressed, medium is springy and well done is very firm.