How To Grill a Steak Perfectly is easy with 5 different temperatures and great tips to help guide you to grilling the perfect steak. When it comes to grilling a steak, such as a Filet Mignon, a Boneless Ribeye, T-Bone, or a New York Strip Steak, my husband knows what he is doing.
There are many different cuts of steaks you can easily purchase on the market. And there are four easy methods for cooking them:
on a charcoal grill
on a gas grill
or broil in the oven
But today we are going to talk about how to grill any of these steaks I mentioned and enjoy them all year long.
My husband, who is the so-called grill master of the family, recommends buying USDA Prime, simply because the meats are aged, somewhat leaner, and tastier.
Steaks are best to grill when they are at least 1-inch thick, or 1 + 1/2 inches thick. They will cook juicier, more tender, and flavorful.
Also, he says “when in doubt” – he highly recommends using a meat thermometer while grilling for additional accuracy.
If Steaks are Frozen:
First, no matter what steak you choose, or the cooking method, he always recommends allowing your meat to fully thaw and defrost in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before grilling.
It’s also equally important to bring the steaks to room temperature at least 30 minutes before cooking them.
Once your steaks are fully thawed, it’s best to season generously with your favorite seasonings on both sides. My husband prefers simple ingredients such as salt, pepper, and lots of garlic powder.
When cooking your favorite steak, follow the chart below and it will help you measure your steak to your liking.
The Guide to 5 Temperatures and Colors to Measure Doneness:
1. RARE – the center is bright red, pinkish towards the outside. Plus, the temperature on the thermometer should read 125 degrees F.
2. MEDIUM RARE – is when the center is very pink, slightly brown towards the outside. The temperature should read 135 degrees F.
3. MEDIUM – the center is light pink and the outer portion is brown. Also, the temperature is 145 degrees F.
4. MEDIUM WELL – is when the center is slightly pink, and the outer portion is brown. And the temperature should read 155 degrees F.
5. WELL – is uniformly brown throughout the steak and the temperature should be at 165 degrees F.
TIPS For SUCCESS!
These are my husband’s recommendations from his years of experience as the “Grill Master” of the family.
Every grill is different. Therefore, the amount of time to grill your steaks will vary. Keep in mind, it’s best to always preheat your grill on high heat, then lower it to medium heat, and grill steaks on medium heat.
He also recommends always grill your steak for a few minutes per side, while constantly turning them to avoid burning the meat.
As you are turning them on the grill, he recommends adding more garlic powder to each steak. This will continue to flavor them.
Also, follow the Chart and the thermometer to your preference.
Towards the end of the grilling process, add a couple of slices of butter on top of each steak and let it melt on top of the meat. This will give the meat a moist, buttery flavor.
When you remove your steaks from the grill, allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving. This will allow juices to be absorbed into the meat and bring the steak to the desired temperature before serving.
Before transferring your steaks onto a cutting board, or serving dish, add slices of butter (about 3 thin slices) and place the steak on top of the butter. The butter will melt underneath the steak and give it a rich, silky flavor (a trick he learned in France).
One Final Tip! Sprinkle a little salt over them while resting. Because most of the seasonings will have fallen off while grilling.
SIMPLE IDEAS for STEAK TOPPERS:
Once you’ve grilled the perfect steak, you can add an unexpected unique twist and flavor with any of these simple toppers.
Basil Pesto – spread a spoonful of our fresh basil pesto sauce on top of hot grilled steaks.
Caramelized Onions – top with caramelized onions, crispy prosciutto, or bacon.
Sauteed Mushrooms – try our delicious easy sauteed mushrooms on top.
Caprese Mix – add some chopped tomatoes, pearl-size fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.
Blue Cheese – sprinkle crumbled blue cheese on hot steaks before serving.
Peppercorn Sauce – try our delicious cognac peppercorn sauce on top.
Or try any one of these: 5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer!
Whether you are grilling a filet mignon, a T-bone, a ribeye, or any steak of your choice, these are great tips to help you grill the perfect steak.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Choose Your Steak!
- Filet Mignon
- T-Bone Steaks
- Boneless Ribeye Steak
- New York Strip Steak
Choose your seasonings:
- black pepper
- garlic powder
- or your favorite ones
You Will Need:
- butter - a few tablespoons to your preference
The Methods to Grilling a Steak Perfectly:
- These are guidelines for a charcoal or gas grill. Times with vary depending on the thickness of each steak.
- First, allow your steaks to warm up to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Then season them with your favorite seasonings
- Next, preheat your grill on high heat, then lower it to medium heat to grill your steaks.
- He also recommends to always grill your steak for a few minutes per side, while constantly turning them to avoid burning the meat.
- As you are turning them on the grill, he recommends adding more garlic powder to each steak. This will continue to flavor them.
- Also, follow the Chart below and your meat thermometer to your preference.
- Then allow your steaks to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
The Guide for 5 Temperatures and Colors to Measure Doneness:
- Rare - the center is bright red, pinkish towards the outside. Plus, the temperature on the thermometer should read 125 degrees F.
- Medium Rare - is when the center is very pink, slightly brown towards the outside. The temperature should read 135 degrees F.
- Medium - the center is light pink and the outer portion is brown. Also, the temperature is 145 degrees F.
- Medium Well - is when the center is slightly pink, and the outer portion is brown. And the temperature should read 155 degrees F.
- Well - is uniformly brown throughout the steak and the temperature should be at 165 degrees F.