Determining the Doneness
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the doneness of their steak. Let us give you a quick guide on how to know if your steak is cooked to your liking in two easy ways:
Invest in a Thermometer
The most accurate way to determine if your steaks are ready to serve is to use a meat thermometer. Insert the probe end horizontally into the side of steaks to check doneness. Thermometer should reach the thickest part or center of the steak. Allow 10 to 15 seconds for the thermometer to register the internal temperature. The USDA recommends cooking steaks to 145°F for medium rare to 160°F for medium doneness. You may also refer to the guide chart below:
Determining through a Touch Test.
Not everyone has an access to an instant meat thermometer, so here is another way to determine doneness using your hands and fingertips. It works like this: You touch your thumb to your index, middle, ring, and pinky fingers, and the further you reach, the harder your muscle becomes. Apparently this should match up relatively well with rare, medium rare, medium, and well done steaks as you work your way from index to pinky.