Is Blue Steak Safe?

Written in 2024
by Adam

    Blue steak is a steak that has been cooked on the grill for a minimal amount of time and is about as close as you can get to eating raw meat. This is why it is also referred to as an extra rare steak, the polar opposite of a well-done steak. While this by no means is a common request there are some people that love blue steak!

    So can I eat blue steak?

    Yes, you can! Blue steak is actually quite popular due to its extremely delicate texture and the melt-in-the-mouth sensation you get while eating it. To make blue steak the piece of meat is generally cooked on a grill for approximately 1-2 minutes until the internal temp reads 115 degrees Fahrenheit on the meat thermometer.

    It is worth noting that your blue steak will not actually come blue. The reason it is called blue steak is that the raw steak is a blueish color before it is cooked, this is because when the blood in the steak is not exposed to the air is becomes deoxygenated. Then exposure to air will return it to the reddish hue we associate cuts of meat with.

    How do I safely cook a blue steak?

    When you think about undercooked meats you think of harmful bacteria and the risks associated with this. In order to eliminate the risk of food poisoning, there is one golden rule that you have to follow, you must seal the entire outer surface of the raw beef before eating.

    This is because the bacteria will be on the outer surface of your raw steak if it's present. This means that by cooking the entire surface any bacteria will be destroyed.

    Another practice to adhere to to reduce the risk of food poisoning is to sterilize grill tongs after placing the raw beef on the grill and before turning the steak over, and then again before taking the steak off the grill.

    What equipment and ingredients will I need?

    The great thing about this is that you don't need much to cook the perfect steak!

    • High quality, 1-inch thick steak
    • Seasoning (salt, pepper, or another seasoning of your choice)
    • Olive oil
    • Grill tongs
    • Large frying pan or flat griddle
    • Meat thermometer
    • Disinfecting wipes

    Instructions for cooking

    1. Remove your steak from the fridge 2 hours prior to cooking. We do this as it allows the steak interior to warm up.
    2. Next, you want to pat down your steak to allow it to dry.
    3. Then apply your choice of seasoning to the steak, use the amount of seasoning that best suits what you like in a steak.
    4. Put the olive oil into the pan and heat it until it starts to smoke, you will want the oil to be hotter than if you were cooking something like a medium steak as you will be cooking it for a much shorter duration.
    5. Place the steak into the pan and keep the heat on high. Leave it for 1 minute and do not touch it.
    6. Whilst the steak is sizzling be sure to sterilize the tongs you used.
    7. After 1 minute flip your steak, leave for another minute and re-sterilize the tongs.
    8. Before removing your steak from the pan it is important to check that the entirety of the outside of the steak is brown. If any of the corners or edges are not brown you can roll the steak onto its side and allow it to brown.
    9. Then you may serve your steak!

    Is blue steak the same as black and blue steak?

    No, they are not the same thing. As you already know, blue steak is an extra rare steak that has been cooked for a minimal amount of time on either side. Blue steak is cooked on a moderate flame compared to the flame black and blue steak is cooked on. The very hot flame they use to cook black and blue steak makes it charred and black on the outside while the inside is very cool, just a tony but hotter than a blue steak.

    To Conclude

    Hopefully, you now have more of a knowledge of blue steaks and feel confident enough to try cooking one yourself. As long as you follow the instructions we provided we can assure you that they are perfectly safe to eat and there is no risk of food poisoning.

    If you are not yet confident enough of cooking one yourself maybe next time you are at a restaurant and are ordering steak why not give a blue steak a go!

    Written by Adam

    Adam is the creator of the SmokeGuys website, running it since 2016. Hater of coriander, lover of all things meat... Adam currently works in marketing with a dream of being able to make food his full-time 'job' in the longer term.

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