Grilling can seem quite easy. All you need to do is turn it on and put the steak on it… Well, there is actually a reason why not all grilled steak tastes the same: grilling requires some knowledge and some practice. The better you become at grilling, the better your grilled steak will taste.
All this is to say that knowing how to cook steak on a grill is worth knowing. There are some tips that can make a huge difference, and in this article, we’d like to share them with you.
Selecting The Steak
You will find three grades of Steak in the supermarket: Select, Choice, and Prime. The Select Steak is advertised meat or sale-priced meat.
Although Select grade will cost you less, do not be surprised if it does not taste that good. Choice grade is usually the most common choice of people and can be found easily too.
And if you are lucky, and do not want to compromise on the taste even the least bit, then you should get Prime-grade Steak.
How To Cook Steak On Grill?
1. Prepare The Meat
The secret of the perfect steak grilling starts with the seasoning of the meat.
The truth is that a good steak doesn’t require a lot of complex seasoning. The secret is actually not to overdo it. So, what should you use?
Salt and pepper are more than okay because they enhance the taste of the meat. They can also be just enough.
If you’d like something, you can pick any herbs you like but be careful not to use too much.
2. Prepare The Grill
There are some tips that we can share here:
- Make sure your grates are clean. If the grill is new or if you’ve already used it, in both cases, you want to clean and rinse it carefully, or any taste or odor remaining on the grates will end up on the steak.
- A tip that is quite unknown is to oil the grates. Before turning the grill on, or before it’s too hot, you can use an oil-soaked paper towel and brush it through the grates. This will clean the grates, remove any odor, and prepare the grill for the perfect steak grilling.
- To obtain the perfect steak, it needs to cook fast. So, you want the grill to be already hot when you put the meat on it. Turn the heat on and wait until the grates are burning. If you’ve oiled them, you’ll see them smoking.
3. Grill The Steak
It’s finally time to actually cook the steam. This is actually the easiest part, all that matters for the results has been done before this step. Now, you only want to respect times and turn the steam only once.
As a general rule, you don’t want to overwork the meat: so turning it upside down again and again is the perfect way of ruining it.
It’s worth a repeat that you want to turn the steak only once: you’ll feel insecure the first time, but with the experience, your confidence will increase.
How to Grill the Perfect Stake?
Level of Doneness
There are different levels of doneness that you can achive depending on how you like your steak.
You can cook your steak dry if you do not like it juicy, medium rare if you like juicy steak that melts in your mouth, and so on.
Here is a guide for you that will help you in determining the level of doneness:
|Level of Doneness||Internal Temperature||Look & Feel of the Steak|
|Rare||120˚||Red, shiny & soft to touch|
|Medium-rare||130˚||Deep red or pink, soft to touch|
|Medium||135˚||Pink in the middle, Firm & soft|
|Medium-well||140˚||Light pink, grey edges|
|Well done||150˚||Firm and not pink|
How Long Should You Grill The Steak?
As we’ve mentioned, steak wants fast cooking so, depending on the thickness of the steak, these are the cooking times:
- Think steak (less than ¾ inch): 45 seconds per side
- Medium steak (about 1 inch): 1 minute per side
- Thick steak (1 or 2 inches): 1,5 minutes per side
Tips On How to Grill The Perfect Stake
Cooking the perfect stake each time requires practice & patience. Here are tips for you so that you can cook the perfect stake each time:
- The cut: There are different types of cuts that more or less impact the way your steak is cooked. You can choose from a variety of cuts, including filet mignon, strip steak, skirt steak, and flank steak. So if you are a beginner, you should probably stick to cooking one cut, and once you perfect it, you can move on to the next cut.
- Let it de-freeze: If you do not want uneven cooking, then please do not cook the steak straight after from the fridge. Let the stake sit for at least 30 minutes so that it can reach room temperature before you begin cooking for the best taste and results.
- Crisp it up: If you want a crisp layer on your steak, then you should definitely season it with pepper and kosher salt. However, letting the salt on the steak for too long will make it soggy. You can, as such, try all-purpose seasoning for the crispy layer.
- Direct Heat: Grilling is a fast cooking method, so you should let your stake get direct heat to get that nice flavor and pattern.
- Lid: If you are letting direct heat touch the meat, then you do need to close the lid in this case. Closing the lid is ideal for large meats that require indirect heat.
- Resting time: Do not slice into steak after you just put it down. Give your steak some resting time for the perfect texture, and only then slice it.
You might face some challenges while grilling a Stake if you are new to cooking.
It might take some time for you to understand the different levels of cooking Steak, understand what is the right temperature, etc. We hope the tips we shared in this guide helped you.
Is it necessary to let the Steak rest?
Yes, letting your Steak rest allows it to cook perfectly without drying out.
What can I serve with Steak?
You can serve a lot of things with Steak. Our favorites are pasta salads, cornbread, wedge salad, potato salad, and BBQ sides.
What temperature is ideal to cook Steak on a gas grill?
A temperature of 450°F to 500°F is ideal to cook Steak on a gas grill.
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