It’s summer and nothing says “summer” better than grilling. This week, I’ve been craving a nice, juicy steak and wanted to talk about how to grill it to perfection.
First, you need to know your steak and by that I mean, you actually need to touch and feel the meat. A steak changes texture and density as it cooks and knowing how it feels before it goes on the grill is going to help you know when it’s done. So go ahead and feel that meat!
There are 7 steps to a perfectly grilled steak:
- Heat: Crank up the heat on your grill! You want it to be 450 degrees.
- Oil: You don’t want your steaks to stick so be sure to oil your grill while it’s hot. The easiest way to do this is give it a good scrub with your grill brush and then lightly brush the grates with extra virgin olive oil.
- Season: A good steak doesn’t need a lot of seasoning. A little salt and pepper is perfect.
- Searing: to get your steak cooked right, you need to do it hot and fast. This gives the steak a crisp, caramelized surface while letting you choose how well you want it done. Remember to keep the lid on the gill closed as much as possible when cooking.
- Turning: Steaks are so quick cooking that you really only need to turn them once. They are ready to be flipped when they release easily from the grill. Also, when turning the meat, do not use a large fork: it will just pierce holes in the meat and release its juices.
- Time: Exact cooking time depends on the thickness of the meat and your personal preference. To get a professional looking diamond pattern on your meat, after one minute of cooking time, turn the steak by rotating (not flipping) it 45 degrees from its position. Once the steak is turned, close the lid. Halfway through the cooking time, the steak should be ready to be flipped. Flip the steak over, returning it to the original position so that you will be able to repeat the diamond pattern on the other side. When you go to flip your meat, the steak should appear gray on top. If it appears raw, put the lid down without flipping it and give it another minute. As the steak’s grill time comes to an end and you prepare to turn the steak one last time, make sure there is no red showing around the side and the top should be rich brown. As you turn the steak be sure to feel it: a medium steak should be slightly firm with some give. This should give you an idea of how much more time you will need to cook it. If your steak needs more time, continue grilling on medium heat until done. If you are using a thermometer, here is the temperature break down:
- Rare: 125-120 degrees
- Medium-Rare: 130-135 degrees
- Medium: 140-145 degrees
- Well-Done: 160 degrees or higher
7. Rest: When your steak is done, remove it from the grill to a plate. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving to allow the juices to settle.
If you pay attention and don’t over-think the process, grilling steaks to perfection really isn’t that hard. So go grill up a little taste of summer!