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Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe

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Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe


Grilling a steak to perfection is an art that every carnivore should master. Whether you prefer your steak rare, medium-rare, or well-done, this recipe will guide you through the steps to achieve a mouthwatering grilled steak that’s bursting with flavor.

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Choosing the Right Cut

1. Selecting the Steak

The first step to a perfect grilled steak is choosing the right cut. Some popular choices include Ribeye, New York Strip, T-Bone, or Filet Mignon. Choose a cut that suits your preference for tenderness and marbling.

2. Preparing the Steak

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Before grilling, remove the steak from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. This ensures even cooking.

Seasoning the Steak

3. Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Steak (your preferred cut)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic cloves (optional)
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary or thyme, optional)

4. Seasoning

  1. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the steak to prevent it from sticking to the grill.
  2. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides.
  3. For extra flavor, rub the steak with minced garlic cloves and fresh herbs. This step is optional but highly recommended for a gourmet touch.

Grilling the Steak

5. Preheat the Grill

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Preheat your grill to high heat. For a gas grill, this means about 450-500°F (230-260°C). For a charcoal grill, you should have white-hot coals.

6. Grilling Time

  1. Place the steak on the grill grates.
  2. Grill the steak for the desired time on each side:
    • Rare: 2-3 minutes per side
    • Medium-Rare: 3-4 minutes per side
    • Medium: 4-5 minutes per side
    • Well-Done: 6-7 minutes per side

7. Checking for Doneness

To ensure your steak is cooked to your liking, use a meat thermometer:

  • Rare: 120-125°F (49-52°C)
  • Medium-Rare: 130-135°F (54-57°C)
  • Medium: 140-145°F (60-63°C)
  • Well-Done: 160°F (71°C)

8. Resting the Steak

Once your steak reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a juicy and flavorful steak.

Serving the Perfect Grilled Steak

9. Slicing and Presentation

After resting, slice the steak against the grain to ensure tenderness. Plate it up with your favorite sides, such as grilled vegetables, baked potatoes, or a fresh salad.


Grilling the perfect steak is all about choosing the right cut, seasoning it well, and mastering the grill time. With this recipe, you can enjoy a restaurant-quality steak right in the comfort of your own backyard.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use a marinade for the steak?

While a good steak often shines with simple seasoning, you can certainly marinate it in your favorite marinade for added flavor. Just remember not to over-marinate, as the natural flavors of the steak should still be the star.

2. What’s the best way to clean the grill grates?

To clean the grill grates, preheat the grill on high heat, then brush the grates with a grill brush to remove any residue. You can also use an onion halved with a fork to scrub the grates, followed by a quick wipe with an oiled paper towel.

3. What’s the difference between rare and medium-rare steak?

Rare steak is seared on the outside but has a cool, red center, while medium-rare steak has a warm, red-pink center. The choice between the two depends on your preference for doneness.

Now that you have the perfect grilled steak recipe in your arsenal, fire up the grill and impress your family and friends with a steak that’s cooked to perfection!

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Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe

Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Grilling a steak to perfection is an art that every carnivore should master. Whether you prefer your steak rare, medium-rare, or well-done, this recipe will guide you through the steps to achieve a mouthwatering grilled steak that's bursting with flavor.


  • 2, 1lb bone-in strip steaks cut 1-1/2" thick (or your steak of choice)
  • vegetable oil

For the Steak Seasoning:

  • 3/4 Tablespoon rock salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes

For the Herb Butter:

  • Big pinch steak seasoning (see above)
  • 1 stick salted butter (1/2 cup,) softened to room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced


  1. For the Steak Seasoning: Add ingredients to a mortar and pestle then coarsely grind. Alternatively, add ingredients to a heavy duty Ziplock bag, squeeze all the air out, then crush ingredients with a meat pounder, rolling pin, or heavy bottomed skillet.
  2. For the Herb Butter: Add ingredients to a bowl then stir with a fork to combine. Scoop herb butter onto a sheet of plastic wrap then shape into a thick log and refrigerate until firm (if time is of the essence you can freeze for 20-30 minutes.) Can be done ahead of time.
  3. For the steaks: Trim steaks of any big hunks of fat to avoid flare ups on the grill then pat dry with a paper towel. Rub each side with oil then season generously with the steak seasoning and press gently into steaks so it adheres - you should use most if not all of the seasoning.
  4. Light 2/3 or 1/2 of your grill burners (2 of 3 burners, or 1 of 2 burners, depending on how many burners you have) then heat on high for 10-15 minutes, or until the grill reaches 500 degrees. Add steaks to the lit side then sear on each side for 1-1/2 minutes (adjust accordingly if your steaks are bigger or smaller than 1lb cut 1-1/2" thick,) keeping the lid closed between flipping. Transfer steaks to unlit portion of grill then continue cooking for 7-10 minutes with the lid closed for medium doneness, or until they've reached your preferred level of doneness. Remove steaks to a platter then let rest for at least 5 minutes. Top with sliced herb butter then serve.
  5. Leave a comment and star rating if you loved the recipe! Thank you for considering!


  • Rare (cool red center): 125 degrees
  • Medium rare (warm red center): 135 degrees
  • Medium (warm pink center): 145 degrees
  • Medium well (slightly pink center): 150 degrees
  • Well done (little or no pink): 160 degrees

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 3
Amount Per ServingCalories 2960Total Fat 215gSaturated Fat 82gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 105gCholesterol 717mgSodium 5376mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 236g

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