We love grilling steak. When we tell people this, we’re usually asked for advice on how long to grill steak.
As with most things related to cooking, the answer depends on lots of different variables.
The cut of steak, the steak’s thickness, how marbled or lean it is, and the type of grill (gas or charcoal), are just a few of the things to keep in mind. Plus, you have individual preferences on if you like your steak rare, medium or well done.
But, even with all of those factors in mind, here’s a table that gives you great estimates on how long to grill steak.
6 Additional Tips on How Long to Grill Steak:
- For best results, we recommend defrosting beef in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.
- Dry your steaks thoroughly with a paper towel before grilling. Your goal in grilling is to grill the steak – not evaporate any water moisture that’s on the exterior of the beef. If you’re going to use your own rub or traditional salt-and-pepper, that’s even better and the moisture will evaporate with the rub.
- Preheat your grill about 20 minutes before you start cooking. You want your grill to be hot so that when you place the meat on the grill rack it will sear on contact, not stick.
Tip: If you don’t know your grill’s temperature, you can use your hand to help gauge the heat. Place your open palm about 5 inches above the grill rack and start to count the number of seconds you can hold your hand in that place before moving your hand. If the fire is hot, you’ll move your hand in 2 seconds. You will be able to keep your hand there for about 5 seconds if it’s medium heat. If it’s a low temperature, you will move your hand in about 10 seconds.
- Remove the steaks from the grill when they reach your desired temperature. Use a meat thermometer! It’s the only real way to tell if meat is done.
- Your steaks will continue to cook after you take them off the grill.
- Make sure you let the meat rest. Not resting meat is one of the biggest mistakes people make with steak. If you don’t let meat rest and you cut into it immediately, your plate will be full of steak juice and your steak will be drier.
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One more thing!
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- What is Grass Fed Beef?
- Farm Life: How We Feed Cows
- What’s the Difference Between a Steer vs Bull? Cow vs Heifer?
- Buying a Cow. How Much Beef Is It?
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