Steak Masterclass: How to know when your steak is done

Don't let all your hard work go to waste by ignoring this simple step at the end. This method is an easy way for checking if your steak is cooked to perfection. We've added in timings for rare, medium rare, medium and well done.


By now you've had your pan in the oven for 4-5 minutes, using the tips of your fingers press the centre of the steak down.

If there's a bit of give in it and a nice spongy texture, then your steak is rare and it's ready to come out.

You can add on any additional time you need for a more well cooked finish from this point.

If you like your steak cooked more than this, here are the timings you need to know.


Using Tesco finest* Angus Fillet as an example, cooking for the following timings would give you these desired results:  

Rare 4-5 mins (you're ready to go if you're at this stage already)

Medium rare 7-8 mins

Medium 9-10 mins

Well done 12 mins


Let the steaks rest once you have taken them out of the oven. This allows the juices to run from the centre of the steak to the outside meaning the juices will flow throughout the steak instead of just sitting in the centre.

Give half the cooking time as a resting time.

Let the steaks rest on the pan with no heat. This will make all the difference to the end result. 

Watch our video above to learn how the different shades of pink associated with rare, medium rare and so on can be seen once you have cut into the meat.  

Steak Masterclass: How to know when your steak is done