General Rules of Thumb for Cooking Your Grass Fed Beef
- Do not use a microwave to thaw out frozen grass fed beef. Thaw your beef in your refrigerator, or if vacuum sealed you may thaw it in cool water.
- Always preheat your pan, grill, pot or oven prior to cooking your grass fed beef.
- Bring your grass fed beef to room temperature just prior to cooking. Do not cook cold from the refrigerator.
- Because grass fed beef is lower in fat and higher in protein than grain fed beef, it will usually require around 30% less cooking time. It will continue to cook after removed from the heat. For this reason it is normally recommended to remove from your pan, grill, oven etc. your meat when it is about 10 degrees from reaching its desired temperature.
- Use a reliable meat thermometer and watch it closely. Because the grass fed beef is leaner it will cook faster than regular beef. It is possible to go from perfectly cooked to overcook in less than a minute.
- After cooking, let your beef sit covered in a warm place for about 8 to 10 minutes to help redistribute the flavorful juices.
- Use a tongs to turn your beef. Never use a fork. A fork will puncture your beef and cause it to loose precious juices.
Easy Tips for Cooking Grass Fed Beef
Please Do Not Overcook…
Grass fed beef is tastiest and most tender when cooked rare to medium. If you desire your beef cooked well done you will get the best results when cooking at very low temperature in a sauce for added moisture.
Grass Fed Beef Is Very Low In Fat…
Because our grass fed beef is very lean, we would recommend coating in virgin olive oil or favorite lite oil for browning. This will help enhance the flavor and make the browning easier while preventing the meat from drying out or sticking to your pan.
Consider Marinating Your Grass Fed Beef…
Many people prefer marinating their lean, grass fed beef prior to cooking their leaner cuts such ad sirloin or New York strip cuts.
If you marinate it is nice to choose a recipe which enhance the moisture content of the beef without masking the delicate flavor. Many people use their favorite Italian salad dressing while others may prefer a marinade consisting of lemon, vinegar, bourbon or beer.
If marinating in vinegar, bourbon or beer it is usually recommended to use slightly less than you would use with traditional grain fed beef. This is because the grass fed beef cooks faster allowing these types of marinades less time to cook off.
Always marinate in the refrigerator for safe handling
Another Way to Tenderize Your Grass Fed Beef…
Sometimes when there is not enough time to marinate your grass fed beef you can make it more tender and tasty by applying your favorite seasoned rub. With the rub applied, place your steak on a solid surface and cover it with plastic and pound it a few times with a meat mallet to break down the tissue. If you don’t have a meat mallet you could also use a rolling pin or whatever else may be safe and convenient.
When doing this, you will make your steak tenderer while working your favorite seasoned rub into the meat for enhanced flavor. It is important though to not overdue the pounding or flattening your meat too much, unless your recipe specifically calls for it.
Cooking On the Stove Top…
Stove top cooking is another popular way to cook you grass fed beef steak. The stove top allows for more control than when using a grill. Some people use butter in the final few minutes of cooking the steak when the heat is low to help carry the flavor of garlic (when used) through the steak.
Cooking On the Grill…
Sear the grass fed beef quickly on both side over a high heat to help seal in its natural flavorful juices. Then you should reduce the cooking temperature to a medium or low setting to finish cooking. Some people like to baste to add moisture during the grilling process. Remember that grass fed beef takes 30% less cooking time so keep your eye on your meat thermometer and don’t leave your steaks unattended
When grilling hamburgers, it is nice to add roasted peppers, caramelized onions, or olives to add low fat moisture to the meat while cooking. Because the grass fed beef is leaner some moisture may be desired to compensate for the lack of fat. Avoid overcooking your grass fed burgers. Remember that grass fed beef takes 30% less cooking time and this applies to the burgers too
Sear the grass fed beef quickly on both side over a high heat to help lock in its naturally flavorful juices and then place into a preheated oven.
If you are using a recipe for grain fed beef, reduce the temperature by 50 degrees. For example, if your recipe calls for cooking temperature of 325 degrees use 275 degrees instead. Your cooking time will now be about the same or slightly less than the recipe calls for.
Watch your meat thermometer to prevent overcooking.