Cooking Steak on Salt Block (4 Simple Steps to Master It!)

We all know that you can easily cook a tasty steak in a cast iron pan or on the grill.

But did you know that you can also cook a wonderful steak on a Himalayan salt block?

In this article, you’ll learn what a Himalayan salt block is and how to cook a steak on it like a professional!

What Is a Himalayan Salt Block?

A Himalayan salt block is a rectangular piece of Himalayan salt that has a wide variety of different uses.

Not only can you use it to cook a variety of food. It can add a lovely salty savory flavor and also double up as a serving platter.

And, just as a frying pan can be used to cook in a variety of ways, you can do the same with this salt block. You don’t have to use it only to cook steak.

We’ve even stuck our pink block of salt in the oven and used it to bake cookies. A lot of cookie recipes call for the use of salt. And sweet desserts can end up tasting good if they also have a hint of saltiness to them.

If you place it in the fridge, then you can also use it as a cold serving plate. Which makes it perfect for the summertime when you need something cool to hold all your cold meats like cold cut ham or turkey.

Here are some more things that you can serve on your chilled salt block:

  • Ice cream and other cold desserts
  • All kinds of cheeses
  • Sushi
  • Sashimi and other cold foods
  • Fresh fruit
  • All kinds of vegetables

What’s So Special About These Pink Salt Blocks?

So, is it any different from ordinary table salt? Why does it have to be Himalayan salt slabs?

Well, Himalayan salt contains a lot more minerals which can be very beneficial for us to consume. For example, it contains:

  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Sulfur
  • Natural Iodine

And all of these different minerals contribute to the salt’s pink (and sometimes orange) appearance.

While table salt does have some minerals, its content isn’t as rich because of the way it’s been extracted and purified.

The reason why pink Himalayan salt has a higher mineral content is due to fact that it’s harvested by hand using proper techniques.

Why You Should Cook Steak on a Salt Block

Have you ever found yourself seasoning your steaks with too much salt?

Well, cooking your steak on a heated salt slab can help remedy this issue. This is because this pink salt has a lower sodium content compared to your everyday table salt.

Not to mention that the high mineral content of Himalayan salt can provide more minerals to your meats. This will help those who want to increase their intake of all the minerals our bodies require to function properly.

Another reason why using a heated salt block is excellent for cooking steaks, is because it distributes heat well.

 This can greatly reduce your overall cooking time, as well as ensure that your meat (NY strip steak or rib eye) is cooked evenly.

What Is the Method for Cooking Steak on a Salt Block?

Step 1: Prep Your Salt Block

First of all, you’ll want to start by making sure that your block of salt is completely dry.

The reason behind this is that any hint of moisture can actually make the pink salt slab expand and even crack once it’s been heated. (Which you’ll want to avoid at all costs!) T

To dry the block you may want to use a dry towel. And if you don’t have one on hand, a paper towel will also work just fine.

Step 2: Prep Your Steak

Then make you want to prep your steak by tenderizing it. You can use citrus, a mallet or salt.

Step 3: Heat The Salt Block

The next step is to heat the slab of salt. There are several ways that you can go about accomplishing this step.

However, our favorite method includes preheating it first on the stovetop. (But you can also use gas grills to preheat your Himalayan salt slabs.)

Just set the block on the flame for approximately 15 minutes on medium heat. You don’t want to immediately expose the salt to high heat right away because sudden exposure to high temperatures can also cause it to crack.

Step 3: Place in the Oven

Once the block of salt has been preheated properly, remove it off the heat and then place it into the oven at 200 ℉.

After that, you can slowly increase the heat every 10-15 minutes as needed. Once it’s heated up sufficiently, it’s completely ready to sear your steak.

Never underestimate how hot your salt block can get. It’s also excellent at retaining heat for a relatively long amount of time, so always use thick oven mitts when removing it from the oven.

Alternatively, you can always also continue to use your stovetop to heat the block after preheating it.

That way, you can just turn off the heat and let the salt block sit on the stove while you’re using it to cook your steak.

Step 4: Place Your Steak On It

Next, just place your marinated steak onto the slab of salt, and cook it to your liking.

Make sure that you make use of a proper meat thermometer to ensure that the beef is cooked to the food safe temperature of 145 ℉ before you take it off of the slab.

After letting your meat rest for at least five minutes, your steak should be ready for plating and serving! Bon appétit!

Recipe for Steak Cooked on s Salt Block

Ribeye Steak Cooked on a Salt Block

Using a salt block to cook your steak adds a delicious savory flavor to your meat.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time41 mins
Course: main, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 689kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 19

Equipment

  • salt block

Ingredients

  • 4 pieces steak
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • black pepper

Instructions

  • First of all, you’ll want to start by making sure that your block of salt is completely dry. The reason behind this is that any hint of moisture can actually make the pink salt slab expand and even crack once it’s been heated. (Which you’ll want to avoid at all costs!) T
    To dry the block you may want to use a dry towel. And if you don’t have one on hand, a paper towel will also work just fine.
  • Then make you want to prep your steak by tenderizing it. You can use citrus, a mallet or salt.
  • The next step is to heat the slab of salt. There are several ways that you can go about accomplishing this step. However, our favorite method includes preheating it first on the stovetop. (But you can also use gas grills to preheat your Himalayan salt slabs.)
    Just set the block on the flame for approximately 15 minutes on medium heat. You don’t want to immediately expose the salt to high heat right away because sudden exposure to high temperatures can also cause it to crack.
  • Once the block of salt has been preheated properly, remove it off the heat and then place it into the oven at 200 ℉. After that, you can slowly increase the heat every 10-15 minutes as needed. Once it’s heated up sufficiently, it’s completely ready to sear your steak.
    Never underestimate how hot your salt block can get. It’s also excellent at retaining heat for a relatively long amount of time, so always use thick oven mitts when removing it from the oven. Alternatively, you can always also continue to use your stovetop to heat the block after preheating it. That way, you can just turn off the heat and let the salt block sit on the stove while you’re using it to cook your steak.
  • Next, just place your marinated steak onto the slab of salt, and cook it to your liking. Make sure that you make use of a proper meat thermometer to ensure that the beef is cooked to the food safe temperature of 145 ℉ before you take it off of the slab.
    After letting your meat rest for at least five minutes, your steak should be ready for plating and serving! Bon appétit!

How to Care For and Store Your Salt Block

Unlike traditional chopping boards or frying pans, you should never wash your block of pink salt with soap. However, do feel free to use water.

We recommend using a clean and damp washcloth. Just wipe any oils or other food bits off of it once the block’s no longer hot or warm to the touch.

With that being said, a big 8×8 inch salt block can still begin to dissolve if it’s exposed to a decent amount of water. So, keeping that in mind, please avoid soaking the block in water.

And much like how you need to dry the slab of salt before using it to cook, you’ll also need it to be dry before you store it. If you’re having difficulty drying it, you can also wrap it up in a dry towel and wait for the towel to absorb all that extra moisture.

 We hope learnt a little more about Himalayan salt blocks, as well as how they can spice up your cooking.

 If you’re looking for exciting and new ways to cook and serve up your foods, then we highly recommend investing in a pink salt block.

While it looks pretty luxurious, it’s relatively inexpensive. You can easily get one for your kitchen use for under $50.


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Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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