Ordering steak in France

Ordering steak in France

Steak Frites. By LWY Via Wikimedia Commons

How to order your steak preference in France

Bleu – Done on a very hot grill for one minute on each side.

Saignant – Meaning bloody. Very rare, but cooked slightly longer on the second side than a bleu steak.

À point – rare for British or American standards. This implies that a steak is cooked a little longer than a saignant one.

Bien cuit – ‘well cooked’. This level will still often have some pinkness in the middle of the meat. A ‘steak bien cuit’ is cooked until the juices run brown on the surface of the steak.

Très bien cuit (!) – should get you a steak that is totally cooked through!

 

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