Written by David on 10/01/2022

When and How to Salt Steak

When to apply the salt is a common seasoning question. Some chefs like to salt a steak well in advance of cooking, even up to 24 hours in advance. Others say salting it right before cooking is best. The main drawback of seasoning in advance is that salt applied to the outside of something tends to pull water from the center of it onto the surface. If the thing in question happens to be a steak, it will necessarily be less juicy. In fact, any steak you hold in the fridge, salt or no salt, is going to lose juices overnight.

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close up of handsome man salting steak on cutting board

Another drawback is that it extends your prep time. Seasoning your steaks 24 hours in advance of cooking, means you’re in the kitchen 24 hours before dinner working with the steaks. You also need to make room in your fridge for these steaks for an additional 24 hours.

It can intensify aromas, balance other flavours, make meat taste juicier, increase tenderness, and preserve food for months or even years. Seasoning your beef or lamb with salt or a salty spice rub helps to draw out the protein-rich juice that dries on the surface during cooking, creating a crisp, deeply seasoned crust.

Article written by David

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