This steak is known by many names viz. shoulder steak, shoulder steak half-cut, English steak, and London broil.
Marinating the meat ahead of time will help tenderize the cut and give it an added flavor.
For many, there truly is nothing like a nice and soft juicy steak. Though it is a very versatile meat especially for those on a budget, people often avoid buying one of these pieces because of the amount of gristle and fat content in it.
You should know that although a chuck steak has a very good flavor, if it isn’t cooked properly it can be tough and hard to chew.
A handy tip that you might want to consider is using a meat thermometer. This will tell you for how long you would need to cook the meat as per your preferences
Safe Cooking Temperatures for Chuck Steak
Well Done – 160ºF
Medium Well – 150ºF-155ºF
Medium – 140ºF-145ºF
Medium Rare – 130ºF-135ºF
Rare – 125ºF
Very Rare – 120ºF
Ways to cook Chuck Steak
Grill Chuck Steak
The first thing that comes to mind when one speaks of a steak is GRILL. Marinate your steak overnight, before you proceed with the cooking. Remove any excess marinade and remember never to reuse a marinade. Place the steaks one-by-one onto a hot grill for around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how you like it. You can also choose to use a meat thermometer, which will tell you for how long you would need to cook the meat.
Cook Chuck Steak in a Skillet
If you don’t have the time to use the grill you could always use a skillet, which will be more hassle-free. Use a deep and non-stick skillet, this will give it enough heat to cook but will not stick and burn. Try not to pierce into the meat as you flip it from side to side. Piercing it will allow the juices to escape. Cook both sides till they are nice and brown. Use a thermometer to check if it’s well done.
Braise Chuck Steak
With the skillet, all you have to do is add broth, and some onions, garlic, and peppers, to the steak. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add spices and allow the contents to boil. Cover with a well-fitting glass lid (so that you can keep an eye on it) and let the steak to cook to your version of perfection.
Cook Chuck Steak in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
Luckily for you this is a simple and lazy way out. Place the steak at the bottom of the crock. Pour in some broth, agave nectar, your favorite spices, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, some salt and pepper, and any other ingredients that you might desire. Now that you are done with your trick let the machine do its fair share. Allow meat to cook for a couple of hours or until the meat falls apart. To be on the safer side, cook it on medium heat.
Cook Chuck Steak in the Oven
Arrange the oven rack to fit in a broiler tray near the top of the oven. Remove the rack and preheat the oven for at least 10 to 15 mins. Pat dry the stake, lightly season and place them on the broiler tray. Slide the broiler tray along with the steak into the oven. Position the steaks directly beneath the broiler. Allow the steak to cook as per your preference. Turn them midway through the cooking time. Large steaks will continue to cook even after a few minutes after you have taken them out.
Pan-roasting a Chuck Steak
Preheat the oven to 375º F. Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with clean paper towels and season them.
Sear the steaks on each side, for about 4-5 minutes per side in total. And shift the skillet into the oven. Allow it to cook till it reaches your preference.