Who says you need an outdoor grill to enjoy the delicious flavors of a perfectly cooked steak? While some people may have the luxury of a backyard grill, others are limited to a small kitchen with no space for an additional appliance.
If that's you, don't be discouraged. You can still make amazing steaks at home and all you need is a toaster oven. This article will show you how to cook a steak in a toaster oven, with just a few simple steps.
Step by Step Process of Cooking Steak in a Toaster Oven
The process of cooking a steak in a toaster oven is almost exactly the same as cooking one in a regular oven. In fact, since a toaster oven heats up much faster than your full-size oven, you'll be done with the whole process even more quickly.
1. Choose your Steak
The first step is to choose your steak. The quality of the meat will make a big difference in how it tastes, so splurge on something good if you can. A ribeye or strip steak works well, but if those steaks are hard to find, you can use sirloin instead.
2. Prepare Your Steak
Pat your steak dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt, pepper, fresh garlic, etc. Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or other neutral oil) all over both sides of the steak, then rub in any additional dry seasonings that you'd like.
For example, if you prefer steak that's very spicy, you might rub some ground cumin or crushed red pepper flakes into the meat. If you prefer a more traditional flavor for your steak, try rubbing some dried herbs onto it; rosemary, thyme, and oregano are all good choices.
3. Preheat the Oven
Preheat the toaster oven for 15 minutes. Set a baking tray or sheet on the oven while it preheats. This is where you will place your steak once you season it.
4. Cook Steak
Place the raw meat inside the toaster oven and let it cook for 10 minutes, then flip it with tongs and cook for another 5-10 minutes (depending on thickness). The time will vary based on how well done you like your steak and how thick your cut is, but when in doubt, use a meat thermometer to make sure it doesn't get overdone. To take its temperature, stick the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the steak.
When you remove your steak from the convection toaster oven, set it on a cutting board and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting into it. This gives all the juices a chance to redistribute throughout the meat so that when you cut into it.
Choosing a Cut of Steak
Rib Eye Steak
When we think of steak, most of us immediately picture rib eye. Rib Eye steak is one of the most popular cuts, and for a good reason. It's tender and has a robust beefy flavor that makes it ideal for grilling or pan-frying. Ribeye is what you should order at a restaurant if you want something truly special.
Filet mignon is another popular choice for steak lovers. Filet mignon is lean meat; hence it makes it great for those who want to avoid fattier meats.
Its low-fat content means it will dry out quickly if not handled properly. This cut is also known as filet (French) or tenderloin steak.
Can You Cook Meat in A Toaster Oven?
When you want to cook raw meat, you probably think of your broiler or grill. But you can cook steak in your toaster oven, too. The key is to keep the temperature at around 400 degrees and use a baking tray to hold your steak.
You can also experiment by adding seasonings and oil before you put it in the oven or topping it with butter after removing it from heat. And there's no need to worry about cleanup; all you have to do is wipe out any grease from the bottom of your toaster oven.
How Long Do You Cook Steak in a Toaster Oven?
Who needs a conventional oven when you have a toaster oven? The small appliance can do just about anything a regular oven can do; cooking, baking, and broiling. But toaster ovens are also great for making small-batch desserts, reheating leftovers, cooking foods that give off a lot of steam like fish, and roasting vegetables.
How long you cook a steak in the toaster oven is largely dependent on the thickness of the steak. A 1-inch thick steak takes about 15 minutes and a 2-inch thick steak takes about 30 minutes. The temperature that you cook your steak at should be between 400 and 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Advantages of Cooking Steak in A Toaster Oven
Cooking raw meat in a toaster oven is the best way to get the perfect flavor. It's also easier to prepare than other methods and you'll be surprised just how delicious it really is.
You can cook any kind of steak in a toaster oven; from a filet mignon to tenderloin steak or even a rib-eye. You don't need any special equipment or ingredients. Make sure that all sides are evenly seasoned before putting them into the oven. And remember: don't overcook your steak.
There are several advantages of cooking a steak in a toaster oven that make this my preferred method.
It is Versatile
Your toaster oven can do a lot more than just toast; it can broil and bake too. It's a compactly sized, low-energy alternative to a traditional oven that can cook up some incredible meals. If you're learning how to cook in your college dorm, small apartment, or RV, you'll find it's a very versatile kitchen appliance.
And because it preheats faster than a full-sized oven, it's also great for when you're short on time and don't want to wait around for your meal.
Cooking Steak in A Toaster Uses Less Energy
Cooking steak in a toaster oven is much better than cooking in a regular kitchen oven for many reasons. As you can imagine, the most obvious one is that toaster ovens use less energy than standard kitchen ovens because they are smaller and built for heating small amounts of food. Also, in addition to saving on energy costs, because they are smaller, they are quicker and easier to heat up.
Temperature can be Controlled
The temperature of the toaster oven can be controlled more easily than an outdoor grill. If you have a grill, you know that sometimes it's either too hot or not hot enough; the steaks turn out either underdone or burned. That's not a problem with the toaster oven. You just set the temperature and wait.
Easier Time Cleaning Up a Toaster Oven
Next, you'll have an easier time cleaning up. When you're finished cooking, just throw away the aluminum foil and wash your baking dish by hand or in the dishwasher (I use both methods).
Finally, there's no room for human error here; toaster ovens are designed so that they can't be left on accidentally, and they're programmed to turn off after a certain amount of time has elapsed.
What Goes Well with a Delicious Steak?
It doesn't matter if they're made from russet potatoes or sweet potatoes: just about any kind of mashed potato will go really well with a good steak. Whether they're rich and buttery or smooth as silk, mashed potatoes have the perfect texture to balance out the chewiness of steak, and their creamy flavor works perfectly with the savory richness of the meat. Just be sure to make enough; you'll probably want more with your perfect steak.
If you want something crispy that cuts through the juiciness of the steak, there's nothing like hot French fries to satisfy your craving for crunchy carbs. They work great as an appetizer or side dish or even as a topping for your steak if you're feeling adventurous.
Grilled or Sautéed Vegetables
Vegetables are another popular side dish for steak. There are many different kinds of vegetables that go well with cooked steak, including broccoli, cauliflower, cut string beans, green peas, carrots, and spinach leaves.
These vegetables can be prepared in several different ways: steamed until al dente (slightly firm), boiled until very soft, grilled, or sautéed.
Salad is an excellent accompaniment to most steaks. A fresh green salad with vinaigrette dressing enhances the meaty flavor of your choice cut by providing crisp acidity and freshness to the overall meal experience. If you want something a little more full-bodied than a green salad, include some fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries.
Rice is one of the most popular choices to take with steak, and for good reason. This versatile grain pairs well with almost every kind of meat, including steak. It's usually easy to prepare and can be customized in a variety of ways. While brown rice is healthier than white rice, you may prefer the latter if you're looking for something that goes well with a sauce or gravy.
Toaster Oven Types
Now that you are all set to cook awesome steaks in your toaster oven, see the different types of toaster ovens to suit your other needs. Check out the extracts from our reviews:
Toaster Ovens for Baking
Next time you are looking for something tasty to cookies, brownies, and other delicacies, use your toaster oven instead of your full-size equipment. Cleaning up will go more quickly, and you're not going to get a bunch of enticing treats. Toaster ovens for baking come in many sizes and at varying prize ranges. Depending upon how much you bake, you can choose the appropriate option.
Mini Toaster Ovens
Most mini toaster ovens lack the convection feature. However, you can most certainly find mini models with convection but at a higher price tag. Generally for basic toasting i.e toasting bread for breakfast, you can do without a convection. However, for reheating or cooking meat and vegetables, you will find Convection a great feature.
Digital Toaster Ovens
While digital toaster ovens may not be everyone’s cup of tea, they can promote ease of use once you get the hang of it. The intuitive user interface and myriad of automated functions on these models can be quite convenient. For simple toasting of bread slices, any budget digital option would do just fine. However, with the high end models, you will have to gauge whether the high price tag is worth it.
Large Toaster Ovens
It should be obvious that when it comes to sheer size, toaster ovens are not a replacement for regular ovens. However, if you need alternative to regular ovens that is much cheaper and consume less energy yet still promise the same cooking function, then toaster ovens are the way to go. For home chefs, a large toaster oven would merely add another dimension to cooking.
Low Wattage Toaster Ovens
While the least powerful toaster ovens above may take their time to cook or to reach desired temperatures, they are great at conserving power. The lower the power rating, the smaller is the food portion that they are suitable for. Most of the low wattage toaster ovens are simple toaster oven without any added functionality.