Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to Cook Steak Using a Healthy Pan Searing Technique

Did you know that pan searing enhances the flavor of steak? At our Cooking Well at Mercy show, Mercy Hospital Chef Chris Damiani showed us how to cook steak using a healthy pan searing technique.

The recipe and video demonstration are below.

Upcoming Shows: In our upcoming show on June 26, Chris will demonstrate the art of stir frying. The demonstration is 15 minutes long and takes place at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. in the Mercy Café. Shows are free and open to all hospital visitors and staff.

Chef Christopher Damiani: Christopher Damiani serves as the assistant director of Food Services at Mercy Hospital. A professional chef with a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, he oversees the menu planning for hospital patients and the Mercy Café.

Pan Searing Steak

Servings: 4
Yield: 5 ounces


  • Quick stove top cooking equipment
  • Cutting board
  • Digital thermometer
  • Hot pads
  • Kitchen fork
  • Knife
  • Tongs
  • Large nonstick sauté pan
  • Spatula


  • 16 ounces sirloin steaks, pounded to ½ inch thick with meat mallet, then cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 2 ounces flour
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 ounces olive oil
  • 1 ounce parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 pinch thyme, chopped fine
  • 4 ounces red wine, your choice
  • 1 ounce shallot, chopped
  • 1 ounce garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces sliced mushroom
  • 2 ounces butter, softened
  • 6 ounces brown gravy
  • Whipped potato topped with scallions
  • Green vegetable asparagus or broccoli steamed


  1. Mix flour, salt and pepper together.
  2. Dredge steak fillets in seasoned flour. Dust off excess flour.
  3. Heat pan on stove to medium high heat, add olive oil. Swirl oil in pan and look for faint smoke from the oil.
  4. Add the steak to the pan, allowing to it fall away from you so as not to get burned from the hot oil. Stay attentive and watch for the color change in the edges of the meat.
  5. Upon color change, turn over the meat. Seared side should have a nice brown color.
  6. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 3-4 minutes until internal temperature reaches desired doneness. Chef Chris usually turns off the heat when it reaches 120 degrees.
  7. Turn off the heat. Move meat around pan to create an open area, then add shallots, mushrooms, garlic, parsley, thyme, butter, allow to ingredients cook for a minute.
  8. Add red wine, then brown gravy and finish with softened butter.
  9. Baste mushroom sauce over meat. Allow to rest for a minute.
  10. Serve with your choice of starch and vegetables.

Join us on June 26

On June 26, Christopher Damiani, will demonstrate the art of stir frying. Join us in Mercy Hospital's Mercy Café at 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. for the 15-minute demonstration.

Mercy Hospital is located at 565 Abbott Road in Buffalo.

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