- When heating oil in a pan to sear meat or fry anything, make sure to check to see if the oil is hot enough before adding anything to the pan. Check one of two ways:
- Place the top of a wooden cooking tool into the oil; if you see bubbles, you're good to go.
- Drip a very small drop of water into the oil. Again, if you see bubbles, you're good to go! Just make sure not to add more then a drop, or else oil will splash all over
- Before adding meat to a pan, dry both sides with a paper towel. For the longest time, I couldn't understand why my meat was not getting a good sear. It was because I wouldn't dry the meat!
If you're oil isn't hot, and your meat isn't dry, then you'll be missing out on that yummy caramelized crust. Remember that a seared piece of meat will require further cooking because it will still be raw in the middle.