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Whether you broil or grill your steak, you can expect excellent results as long as you know the right cooking temperature for steak and the approximate cooking time.
The figures below are a rough guide because steaks are different and the amount of fat on a steak, the type of steak it is, whether you have used a marinade and even your cooking altitude all affect the cooking time for steak. Boneless steak takes slightly longer to cook than a bone in steak because there is more meat to cook.
Rather than determine the steak cooking time for different cuts of steak it is best to use the thickness of the steak as a guideline.
The best way to cook perfect steak is to buy the best quality meat you can afford, make sure your broiler or grill is hot enough and use our steak cooking charts to estimate how many minutes your steak needs to cook on each side. It is best to only flip steak once while it cooks. The less you fiddle with it, the better the result!
Remember, the best way to tell if your steak is cooked is by touch. A rare steak will feel very springy, a medium steak will feel a bit springy, and a well-done steak feels firm. The more you cook steaks the better you will become at telling when they are done to perfection and the less you will need to rely on a steak cooking chart.
Broiling is best for medium thick cuts of steak so it is best to use steak that is less than an inch and a quarter thick, else the outside will burn before the inside has warmed through. If the broiler keeps turning itself off because the oven has reached "the right temperature" you can prop open the oven door slightly so the broiler stays on.
Your broiler needs to be set to the highest setting. Make sure the broiler and broiler rack are both hot before you start cooking and have the rack three inches from the heat.
¾" Thick Broiled Steak
1" Thick Broiled Steak
1¼" Thick Broiled Steak
1 ½" Thick Broiled Steak
1 ¾" Thick Broiled Steak
Grilling is a great way of cooking steak and if cooking perfect steak is your goal, try firing up the grill. The best steaks for grilling have thin streaks of fat running through. This melts during the cooking time, keeping the steak moist.
If you are using a gas grill, get the right cooking temperature for steak by turning it up as hot as possible. If you are using charcoal, heat it up until it is coated with ash, then spread it out for an evenly hot bed of coals. If you are cooking steaks more than 1 ½ inches thick, cook them over a medium heat so the outside does not burn before the inside is cooked.
If you want to make attractive grill marks, give the steaks a quarter turn halfway through cooking each side.
Remember, the following times are guidelines only and you need to keep an eye on your steak while it cooks.
¾" Thick Grilled Steak
1" Thick Grilled Steak
1¼" Thick Grilled Steak
1 ½" Thick Grilled Steak
1 ¾" Thick Grilled Steak
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