How to Score a Steak

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Steak is a favorite food of many people, and comes in many different cuts, thicknesses and textures. Some chefs like to score the surface of a steak before cooking, to help the absorption of marinades or prevent the steak from curling if cooked with high heat. Scoring a steak only takes a few seconds and is not difficult to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Lay your steak flat on a cutting board.

  • Hold your knife in one hand, and place the palm of your other hand on the steak to hold it in place.

  • Run your knife diagonally across the surface of the steak, from one edge to the other. Make the slices about ¼-inch deep, and space them roughly 1-inch apart.

  • Turn the steak over and score it on the other side. Marinate it or throw it in the pan or on the grill.

Tips & Warnings

  • Score your steak with a diamond pattern if you'd like to enhance the presentation.

References

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