Properly seasoning a steak before cooking involves the liberal use of Kosher salt, black pepper and olive oil. These ingredients bring out the flavor of the meat rather than masking it.
- Brush the meat with olive oil
Anywhere from one hour to 24 hours before cooking, brush the steak with olive oil using a standard pastry brush. Extra virgin olive oil is best. In the absence of a proper pastry brush, a clean paper towel or a soft microfiber cloth may be used, or the meat can be dredged through oil placed on a plate or saucer. The meat should never be left to soak in oil for any length of time.
- Salt the meat
Apply a liberal coating of coarse Kosher salt. Skimping on salt may cause the steak to taste bland. Table salt should be avoided when seasoning a steak prior to cooking. Use sea salt if Kosher salt is not available.
- Add pepper to the the steak
The final step in seasoning a steak is to apply a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper to the meat. Gently press salt and pepper seasoning into the meat. Let the steak sit out at room temperature for approximately one hour before cooking.