Do This One Thing for a Better Steak Dinner

published Feb 7, 2017
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Is it just me, or are most of the tips about how to have a better steak dinner kind of … expensive? Buy a better cut of meat, pair it with a nicer red wine, cook it in Irish butter — I’ve heard them all. And I’ve tried them all, swiping my credit card for increasingly expensive filets, bottles, and every other ingredient under the sun for a chance at the #bestmealever.

The good news is that there is one way to elevate your entire steak dinner that doesn’t cost a dime.

Heat your plate!

When you’ve gone through all the effort of making sure you have the perfect medium-rare, slipping it onto a cold plate can quick turn your warm red center into a cool red center … and that’s not what anyone ordered.

Here’s How to Do It

Heating your plate without ruining your dinnerware or wasting energy is simple. Here are our two favorite ways to get the job done.

  1. While your steak is resting, turn your oven down to its very lowest setting. Place plates in the oven on a baking sheet, and pull them out after a few minutes when they’re nice and toasty.
  2. If your oven is below your stovetop and you’re still using it for other items, stack plates between the burners and let the radiating heat seep into the plates.