Perfect grilled steak is always a hit in my house. I can get my husband and son to do any chore if I tell them I will make them a steak. Actually, I don't even have to make it. They will make it themselves. My husband is the grill master while my son frequently cooks his steaks in a cast iron pan. But today we are going to talk about the perfect cooked steak on an outside grill.
It seemed like it took a long time for summer to get here this year. I'm glad it's finally arrived so we can grill and BBQ to our heart's content. So let's talk about perfect grilled steak. My family rarely goes out to a restaurant for steak as I prefer to buy some great steaks at the butcher, season them with a little steak seasoning then grill, grill, grill! It's a huge money saver and steaks are simple to make. No fancy equipment is needed aside from a grill and digital thermometer. After grilling the steak, you can make a fresh salad, Parmesan smashed potatoes or other simple sides and dinner is ready. I like to buy good cuts of steak when they are on sale and keep plenty of them in my freezer to last all summer.
Sirloin steak is a great cut of meat with lots of flavor but it is fairly inexpensive. I like to buy a thicker cut, grill it to medium rare then slice it down thin. This is also a great way to make steak to use in fajitas. No matter how you like it cooked, here are some tips to for perfect grilled steak.
Tips for Perfect Grilled Steak
- Let the steak sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Its better to grill when it is not ice cold.
- Make sure your grill is nice and hot. I like to preheat mine at least 15 minutes before I will be grilling. The hotter the grill the better!
- Rub the steak with seasoning and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. I also rub my steak with a bit of olive oil.
- Make sure to get good grill marks on the steak. Everyone loves grill marks!
- Remove the steak from the grill before it's reached it's desired temperature. Resting it for 2 to 3 minutes will bring the temperature about 5 degrees higher.
- Use these temperatures as a guide for how you want your steak cooked. Final cooked temperature for rare is 130 to 135 degrees. Medium rare is 145 degrees, medium is 155 degrees and well done is 165 degrees.
Please don't tell me you'd like your steak well done. I really think it toughens the cut of meat so just say no to anyone that wants it well done. Okay, if you were my guest, I'd cook it for you that way but also feel the need to warn you if though no one is judging here. In our house, the boys like it so rare that it might moo while I go for medium rare with a warm red center. When people like it well done, I usually slice the ends off for them.
This past father's day, I treated my husband to a porterhouse and Tomahawk steak. Isn't steak a beautiful thing? These were ordered right at my grocery store butcher. Many grocery stores have a special glass case that carry really great cuts of beef. Home cooks can buy great cuts at the grocery store but eat restaurant quality steak at home.
I urge you to test out your grill and cook a perfect grilled steak this summer. They never disappoint!
Perfect Grilled Sirloin Steak
- 1 2 to 3 LB sirloin steak (about 1 ½ inches thick)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 to 2 tbsp steak seasoning
- Rub the steak with olive oil and the steak seasoning. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.Let the steak sit out at room temperature for 1 hour before grilling. Heat the grill to medium high heat. Grill the steak for 4 to 5 minutes or until it has nice grill marks. Turn over and grill the other side for another 3 to 4 minutes so even grill marks appear. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until steak goes to correct temperature depending on desired doneness. Steaks should be removed from grill at 130 degrees for rare, 140 for medium rare, 150 for medium and 160 for well done. Let the steaks rest covered with foil for a few minutes before slicing.