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Learn How to Grill Steak so that it turns out perfectly each and every time. We have lots of tips and tricks for the best steak.

Grilled Steak on a plate topped with a slice of butter and a side of slice zucchini
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Today we are going to learn how to grill steak perfectly each and every time. No one likes an overdone or burnt steak and these tips will ensure the perfect steak.

We are always grilling something. You might want to check out this post on how to grill chicken breasts perfectly every time.

Our family loves steak so I just had to share the best steak marinade around. It is a 3 ingredient steak marinade that is so delicious and easy.

Why This Recipe Works

These tips and tricks will help you grill your favorite cut of beef recipes to perfection. Take your steaks to the next level with these easy steps for the most tender, juicy and flavorful steak.

Ingredients

Grilled steak ingredients - steak, oil, salt, pepper, butter

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Variations Ideas

These tips will help with any cut of beef. Feel free to choose from rib eyes, NY strip steak, skirt steak, or our favorite top sirloin steak.

You can easily brush on a marinade or stick with a simple seasoning.

How to Grill Steak

  • Step 1 – Remove the steaks from your refrigerator 45-60 minutes prior to grilling to allow them to come to room temperature.
Seasoning the uncooked steak on a cutting board

Step 3 – Season the steaks on both sides with Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. You can also use easy steak seasoning.

Brushing the oil on the grill grates

Step 4 – Heat grill to 400 degrees F. Spray or wipe oil onto the grill grates.

Placing the steaks on the grill

Step 5 – Place steaks on a hot grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on your Steak preference.

Steak on the grill being flipped after cooking one side

Step 6 – Flip the steaks over and grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until steak is cooked to your preference.

  • Step 7 – Remove from the grill and allow steaks rest a minimum of 5 minutes before cutting or serving. Salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Tips

  • Season Steak – Season the steak with a simple seasoning blend or marinate the steak.
  • Prepare Grill – Before placing the steak on the grill grates, make sure to preheat the gas grill to high heat and oil the grill.
  • Sear Steak – We like to sear the steak over direct heat for a few minutes and then finish cooking over indirect heat. This creates the best texture while slowing cooking the steak to the temperature you prefer.
  • Cooking Steak – Make sure to not overcook the steak. As your steak is resting, it will continue to cook. We usually cook the steak on a gas grill, charcoal grill, or an indoor grill.
  • Resting Steak – Rest the steak to lock in the juices before slicing the steak for the best flavor.
Grilled Steak on a cutting board

How Long to Grill Steak

This will depend on how you prefer your steak. Take a look at the guide below:

  • Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
  • for Medium-Rare Steak – 130F, Warm red center
  • Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
  • Medium Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
  • Well Done – 160F, full brown in color

When checking the internal temperature of steak, make sure to insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.

Grilled Steak sliced on a plate with a side of grilled zucchini

Serving Suggestions

Grilled Steak can be served with many easy side dishes. We love to serve with a side of Grilled Zucchini Foil Packs Recipe, Grilled Vegetable Foil Pack Recipe and even this Easy Grilled Corn Recipe.

Another favorite side dish is making Baked Potatoes on the Grill, Easy twice baked potatoes in only 4 steps, How to Bake a Potato and this Instant Pot Baked Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole Recipe.

Close up image a bite of steak on a fork

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you close the grill when cooking steak?

Yes, it is best to keep the grill lid closed. Keeping it open will slow down the cooking process. 

How to Store Leftovers

Store your leftover steak in an airtight container for up to 5 days. We love to meal prep with grilled steak. Slice the steak into bite size pieces, then store in individual containers with your favorite side dishes. This makes for an easy lunch the next day.

Can I Freeze Steak?

Yes, you can freeze cooked steak. Store the steak in freezer safe container or a ziplock bag and place in the freezer. If store properly, the steak should stay fresh for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat

When you are ready to serve, thaw the steak overnight in the fridge. Then reheat in the microwave or oven.

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If you follow these tips on this grilled steak recipe, make sure to leave us a comment on how your steak turned out. We love hearing from you.

How to Grill Steak

5 from 52 votes
Learn how to grill steak so that it turns out perfectly each and every time. We have lots of tips and tricks for the best steak!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 521

Ingredients

  • Steak Strip, Ribeye and T-bone are my favorite
  • Oil Olive, Canola or Vegetable for oiling grill grates
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Butter ½ tablespoon per steak
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Instructions

  • Remove the steaks from your refrigerator 45-60 minutes prior to grilling to allow them to come to room temperature.
  • Season both sides of the steaks with Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Heat grill to 400 degrees F.
  • Spray or wipe oil onto the grill grates.
  • Place steaks on a hot grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on your Steak Doneness preference.
  • Flip the steak over and grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until steak is cooked to your preference.
  • Remove from the grill, top with butter, and allow to rest a minimum of 5 minutes before cutting or serving.

Recipe Notes

The best way to test for doneness is by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.
Steak Doneness
Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
Medium Rare – 130F, Warm red center
Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
Medium Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
Well Done – 160F, full brown in color

Nutrition Facts

Calories 521kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 46g, Fat 38g, Saturated Fat 18g, Cholesterol 153mg, Sodium 168mg, Potassium 606mg, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 211IU, Calcium 18mg, Iron 4mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    You put it on right when you take it off the grill. I updated the recipe card. Thank you

  2. Vince says:

    When do we put ‘the Butter’ on the Steak??

  3. Carrie Barnard says:

    I like to to top the steak with a tab of butter before serving.

  4. Stephanie says:

    And the butter goes where???

  5. Carrie says:

    Yes, you can. I don’t have a ton of experience with a charcoal grill so I would use a thermometer to make sure it’s at the right temperature. Thank you.

  6. Jocelyn White says:

    Question: Can this recipe be used on charcoal grill. If so how do you know when grill is at 400 degrees?