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I was just asking a question on Cooking Stack Exchange and I have written the following sentence:

how should I cook the steak at home

Well, it looks wrong to me, but I couldn't find any alternative word for that. Grill might fit more here but I didn't mean that. What I was getting at is to express to make the steak eatable with pan and oven.

So what do you think?

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here is the link of the question as well : cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/14804/… –  tugberk May 15 '11 at 18:38
    
Related: Is it wrong to say “cook a cake”? –  Callithumpian May 24 '12 at 5:34
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Theoretically, cooking refers to any application of heat to food:

cook |kʊk| verb 1 [ trans. ] prepare (food, a dish, or a meal) by combining and heating the ingredients in various ways

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In practice, cooking usually refers to stovetop prepartation and baking refers to oven preparation. And each have their own more specific terms. Frying and sautéing are usually done stovetop and broiling and roasting are usually done inside the oven.

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Yes, I'd suggest that if "cooking" the steak feels wrong, perhaps just "preparing" the steak would suit. –  KitFox May 16 '11 at 16:31
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Grilling a steak and cooking a steak both are correct, depends on what do you want to do exactly. or maybe you mean "Oven Baked Steak" to make the steak edible. Baking the steak until meat is tender!

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