How to tell when your beef steak is done

Steaks become firmer as they cook, so you’ll need to check them to see if they’re done the way you like. With the tips below and a bit of practise you will be able to pass the ‘doneness’ test everytime.

How to test if your beef steak is ready

The most accurate way to test if a steak is cooked to your liking is to use a meat thermometer (see our How to cook the perfect steak page).

But unless you are a chef you probably don’t carry a thermometer with you everywhere you go, so here is another way to determine doneness using your hand and fingertips.

To get used to the ‘feel’ of steaks doneness, put your thumb and appropriate finger together lightly. There is no need to assert any real pressure. Then with your other hand, lightly poke the ball of your palm. The feel, or resistance, indicates how firm your steak should be for the desired doneness.

Once you have cooked your steaks on both sides and you think they are ready follow the instructions below that correspond to your desired degree of doneness, then lightly poke the steak. If the firmness is the same on the ball of your palm and on the steak…it is time to take the steak off to rest.

  • Rare steaks. Make a circle with your index finger and thumb, press the ball on the palm side of your thumb. Steaks with the same soft texture will be rare.
  • Medium-rare steaks. Make a circle with your middle finger and thumb, press the ball of thumb. Steaks with the same soft and springy feel will be medium rare.
  • Medium steaks. Make a circle with your ring finger and thumb, press the ball of thumb. Steaks with the same springy feel will be medium.
  • Well done steaks. Make a circle with your little finger and thumb, press the ball of thumb. Steaks with the same firm feeling will be well done.


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Margaret Christian
Jun 14, 2017 #

This is awesome

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