How to cook on a stone

Cooking on a stone is an ancient way of preparing food as well as a little dinner theatre. It is a well-known and well used way of cooking meat both indoors and out and well worth trying for yourself.

Dining at The Stone Grill is the best way to enjoy prime steak on a stone or a fish on a stone, but you can also try it at home. You can buy cooking stones ready prepared or you can go and find your own to make it into more of an event. Buying some fresh meat or fish and then going out to find your own stone turns a mundane dinner into something quite special!

We covered types of cooking stones before, but in case you missed it, you need something non-porous like granite or basalt. The stone needs to be uniform in thickness and large enough to handle the meat you’re planning to cook. Give the stone a scrub down or wash before cooking and you’re good to go.

Heat the stone up until it is very hot. If you’re cooking your steak on a stone over a fire or barbecue, build the fire so the stone is an inch or two above the glowing embers. Leave it for an hour to heat up before adding your meat or fish. You can add a bit of oil to the stone to avoid sticking but you don’t have to.

If you’re cooking at home, you can hob heat your cooking stone over a high heat for 30 minutes. You can also grill or oven the stone for 40 minutes under a high heat. Ideally, you want the stone to be around 250 degrees Celsius before cooking for best results.

When moving the cooking stones, don’t forget to use some kind of hand protection. A rolled up sweater or pair of thick gloves if cooking outside or oven gloves if cooking at home. These stones get very hot indeed, so care must be taken to protect your skin from the heat. You will also need some kind of heat proof surface to place the stones on when you’re ready to cook.

Once the stone has been heated properly and placed somewhere, it’s time to add the meat. Add oil if you want to, or not. Add the meat to the stone and watch it cook. Listen to the sizzle and smell that lovely smell of fresh food cooking before your very eyes. It’s a complete sensory experience!

The Stone Grill serves steak on a stone or fish on a stone every night of the week. So if finding your own stone seems like too much work, book a table with us and we’ll take care of everything for you!

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