You've been cooking steak all wrong – and this trick will make it perfect every time

You've been cooking steak all wrong – and this trick will make it perfect every time


HAVING a steak in a restaurant always tastes far better than when you cook one for yourself at home, unless you’re a professional chef that is.

And many of us are confused at just how long we need to cook our steak for, for it to be just how we like it.

Some of us like it pretty much mooing, others like it slightly brown and some want it cooked well done.

But fear not, regardless of how you like your steak cooked, a Michelin star trained chef has revealed a simple hack for getting your steak cooked just right.

People will tell you there's a bit of an art to cooking the perfect steak, but thanks to Poppy’s steak thumb hack, it couldn’t be simpler.

With only a few minutes leeway between rare and well-done, timing is key, but Poppy reveals that your thumb will tell all when it comes to getting your steak just how you like it…

Poppy O’Toole posts her food hacks to her TikTok account ‘poppycooks’.

She has a whopping 2million followers on TikTok and it’s safe to say she always has great advice.

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So if you never know how long to cook your steak for and always find yourself cutting inside it to check if it’s done, then listen up.

Poppy uploaded her steak hack with the caption ‘How to test the rareness of your steak with your thumb…’.

And with this hack, you don’t need any fancy equipment, all you need is your hands.

Yep, you heard that correctly – get your hands ready.

Poppy explained: “I’m going to show you the thumb trick to get your steak perfect every time.”

Poppy explains how touching each of your fingers to your thumb will cause different levels of tightness in your palm, which resemble the firmness of steaks cooked for different periods of time.

Poppy is talking about the part of your palm by your thumb.

She said: “So, you put your second finger to your thumb, relax it a little bit and this would be rare.

“So feel this squidgy bit of your palm, this would be rare. Then touch your steak and that would be rare.

“Then you’ve got medium rare – middle finger to thumb.

“Medium – ring finger to thumb.

“And then you’ve got well done, which is your little finger to thumb.”

If you try this hack and feel the tightness of your palm, that is how each type of steak would feel.

Poppy’s clever method is definitely worth giving a go the next time you make steak – it will save you constantly checking and cutting open your meat to check if it’s done.

Poppy’s video has clearly impressed numerous people as it has racked up a whopping 143.6k views.

It has 20.7k likes, 71 comments and 269 shares.


One person said: “Omg what a fab idea I’ll be trying this next time!!”

Another added: “Thanks for that tip – I never understood it before.”

A third commented: “That's a great tip. I do have to cut it to check. Thanks.”

For other things you've been doing wrong… you’ve been making mince pies all wrong according to these chefs – and you’ll never guess the secret ingredient.

Also, you’ve been melting chocolate all wrong… this genius way takes minutes & it won’t burn.

As well as this, woman claims you’ve been using your oven all wrong as she shares ‘hack’ to stop steam coming out when you open the door.

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