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Beef Steaks Tips and Advice

Blue: Should still be a dark colour, almost purple, and just warm.  It will feel spongy with no resistance. 

Rare: Dark red in colour with some juice flowing.  It will feel soft and spongy with slight resistance. 

Medium-rare: A more pink colour with a little pink juice flowing.  It will be a bit soft and spongy and slightly springy. 

Medium: Pale pink in the middle with hardly any juice flowing. It will feel firm and springy. 

Well-done: Only a trace of pink colour but not dry.  It will feel spongy and soft and slightly springy. 

We recommend the following guideline for a 2cm thick sirloin steak:

  • Blue: About 1 min each side
  • Rare: About 1½ mins per side
  • Medium rare: About 2 mins per side
  • Medium: About 2½ mins per side
  • Well Done: About ¾ minutes per side


Rub the steaks with a drizzle of oil, then press in the black pepper. Heat a griddle pan until hot, and cook the steaks to your liking. Leave the steaks to rest for 5 mins, then top with a knob of butter and serve with potatoes and watercress salad.