How to grill a steak rare medium rare or medium? The cooking level of a perfect steak is a question of taste and experience.
How to reach the desired degree of doneness?
The Ball of the Thumb Test
The following simple trick will also help you develop a ‘meat feel’ similar to when you place your braai tongs on the meat to test when it is cooked to perfection.
Place the tips of your thumb and trigger finger against each other without pressure. Use your other hand to pinch the ball of the hand below your thumb. When your steak feels similarly soft, it is rare.
Place your thumb and middle finger against each other. Use your other hand to press the muscle below your thumb. When your steak feels similarly elastic, it is medium rare.
Place your thumb and ring finger softly against each other. The ball of the thumb now feels a bit more stiff and gives in only against a little bit of pressure. You’re your steak feels like this, it is cooked medium.
Put the tips of your thumb and your pinky against each other. Use your other hand to press the ball of your thumb. The muscle feels quite hard now. This is how your steak feels when it is well done.