I started a mission to find the best pepper you could put on a steak. And I thought it was an easy task, but I’ve seen a lot of peppers on the internet.
I tried 20 of the most popular peppercorns and grilled a fantastic Wagyu entrecote. I figured out what the best pepper is to put on a steak.
Banasura highland pepper
This is a very mild pepper with a bit of hint of heat at the end.
Kampot pepper red
Still not a lot of taste, but it’s got a bit of heat.
Black Tellicherry pepper
This one got a bit of a berry flavour. But in the end not very special.
I like the Szechuan dishes. The peppercorns alone have loads of flavour and a bit of tea-like bitterness. I tasted a bit off mint in the back. Not great for steak.
Grains of Paradise
It has a lot of taste that dissolves fast. It has a warm, dark taste like coffee that enhances the steak. This one is really nice. But not fantastic.
I was very excited about this one, but it’s not as good as it smells. It’s got a hint of whisky, and that’s it.
Ma Khaen pepper
It looks like an anis star. The taste comes in waves, It’s better than the Szechuan pepper without the mint. Very nice, but not on a steak.
It has a liquorice acid flavour that I don’t like.
This tasted like roasted tomatoes. It’s an exciting pepper that I like on a steak. But to distinct to recommend.
It has a dark coffee kind of vibe. It just doesn’t taste like pepper. It’s not as sharp as the name suggests.
This is a pepper that tastes more like chilli flakes.
Black pepper Malabar
This could have been any black pepper, and it probably is. Nothing wrong with this.
It looks and smells like flowers. Very strange and not for a steak or anything, in my opinion.
Black Sarawak pepper
This is an excellent black pepper. It’s very flavourful and a little zing that I love about black pepper. This is the one to buy if you want just a good black pepper.
White pepper Muntok
This is a standard white pepper and not very special.
Our top five peppercorns for a steak
Black Kampot pepper
This has a very distinct black pepper taste. It actually tasted more like black pepper than black pepper, if that makes sense.
Black pepper Lampong
With the Black Kampot pepper, it has a shared fourth place. This is just an excellent black pepper.
The pepper has a pod-like shape with peppercorns inside. It looks weird. It smells funny, but it tastes great.
Grains of peace
It looks great, and it smells incredible. It tastes like cheese and is gone within a few seconds. You keep eating this one. It has the same effect as MSG. It makes the steak taste better, and that’s good, but it’s not the first pepper I would pick for my steak. That is the following pepper.
Smoked white Penja pepper
Right at the start, this one smelled the worst but tasted very good. It tasted more like black pepper than white pepper. This one can beat any white pepper, and with a second taste, it tasted a lot better than most of the black peppers we tried. It’s that good. This is the pepper I am going to use in the future for my personal cooks.
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