Grilling the Perfect Steak: A Comprehensive Guide


Grilling steak is a quintessential part of any backyard cookout. Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or just enjoying a meal for two, there’s something special about the aroma and taste of a perfectly grilled steak. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of grilling steak to perfection, covering everything from choosing the right cut to achieving the ideal internal temperature. So fire up your grill and get ready to impress your guests with mouthwatering steaks!

Selecting the Right Cut of Meat

When it comes to grilling steak, choosing the right cut is crucial. While Filet Mignon and New York Strip are popular choices, our personal favorite is the ribeye. With its marbling of fat, the ribeye self-bastes as it cooks, resulting in a flavorful and tender steak that melts in your mouth. However, feel free to pick whichever cut you prefer or try something new to suit your taste.

Grilled Steak

Preparing the Steaks

Before grilling, it’s important to prepare your steaks properly. Follow these steps:

  1. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. This helps create a better sear on the surface.
  2. Season the steaks with salt and pepper or marinate them. For a simple yet delicious seasoning, we recommend using salt & pepper, such as the Jacobsen Salt Co. Pino Noir Infused Sea Salt. If you prefer an extra burst of flavor, try a classic steak marinade like our Easy Steak Marinade.
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How Long to Grill Steak

The grilling time depends on the thickness of the steak. Follow these guidelines:

  • For a 1-inch steak, grill it for approximately 3-4 minutes per side over direct, high heat until it reaches your desired internal temperature.
  • For a 2-inch steak, such as a Filet Mignon, grill it for 3-4 minutes per side over direct, high heat, then move it to indirect heat until it reaches your desired internal temperature.

Checking the Internal Temperature

To ensure your steak is cooked to your liking, use an instant-read thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the steak and look for the following temperature ranges:

  • Rare (still quite red): 120 – 130 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium-Rare (pinkish red): 130 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium (pink): 140 – 145 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium-Well (a little pink): 145 – 155 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Well-Done (no pink): 160 degrees Fahrenheit

Tips for Juicy and Tender Steak

Follow these tips to make your steak juicy and tender:

  1. Marinate or season your steak to enhance the flavor.
  2. Optionally, pierce the steak with a fork to allow the seasoning or marinade to penetrate faster.
  3. Sear the steak on both sides over high heat to seal in the juices and create a nice char.
  4. Avoid overcooking by aiming for a temperature approximately 5 degrees below your desired doneness.
  5. Let the steak rest for about 5 minutes after grilling to allow the juices to redistribute evenly.

Serving Suggestions

Now that you’ve grilled the perfect steak, it’s time to think about side dishes. Consider topping your steak with a Homemade Herbed Butter, courtesy of The Wooden Skillet. This simple addition adds a touch of elegance to your meal and is sure to impress your guests. Pair your steak with a fresh mixed green and arugula salad dressed with vinaigrette for a light and flavorful accompaniment.

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That’s it! With our comprehensive guide, you’re now equipped to grill the perfect steak. So gather your loved ones, fire up the grill, and savor the deliciousness of a beautifully grilled steak!

Made in partnership with The Wooden Skillet.

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