How to cook the perfect rump steak

In the last of our miniseries on cooking the perfect steak, we are going to talk about the most popular cut we know, the rump. Rump steak has to be the most popular steak out there, with millions of them being ordered around the world each day.

Rump is moist, tender, flavoursome and contains very little fat, making it a very good eat. Here at The Stone Grill, we sell hundreds of rump steaks on a stone each week and that shows no sign of slowing down. It is probably the most requested steak we sell.

As with all steak cuts, proper preparation and cooking are fundamental in ensuring you get the best taste possible. Here’s how.

Buy your steak fresh from the butcher and leave covered at room temperature if eating the same day. If refrigerated, remove and leave to come up to room temperature for at least an hour before cooking.

Use a griddle pan if you have one, or frying pan if you don’t. Use a high heat and vegetable or groundnut oil in the pan or on the steak. Wait until the pan is smoking before adding the meat. The hotter the better.

Dry the meat with a kitchen towel before adding to the pan.

Add the meat and sear. Keep the meat apart and only cook two at a time in a pan to ensure the temperature doesn’t drop too much.

Cook for the minimum time necessary to get it how you like it and allow to rest for at least three minutes before serving. This allows the juices to flow back into the meat and to allow the fibres to relax after cooking. That patience really will pay off with flavour!

A 2cm thick rump steak will need around:

1 minute each side for blue

1 ½ minutes each side for rare

2 minutes each side for medium rare

2 ½ minutes each side for medium

3 minutes each side for medium-well

Times will vary slightly depending on the thickness of the steak and the temperature of the pan.

Good quality rump steak will stand perfectly on its own with only a little seasoning. It also works exceptionally well with peppercorn sauce if you prefer. Serve the steak hot but rested with your garnishes and sides of choice.

A good rump steak needs very little doing to it to achieve a fantastic flavour. Follow this cooking guide, buy good quality meat and allow to rest and the steak will deliver everything you hope of it.

If you would prefer to have your food cooked for you by talented chefs, or would like to try a steak on a stone, The Stone Grill would be happy to help. Book today!

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