How to Grill a Steak

How to grill a steakWant to know How to Grill a Steak? It really surprised me when one of our boys emailed me and asked me that question when he got a new grill last summer. Maybe he though that there is a Chef’s secret to great grilled steak but I assured him that there was no need to get complicated when it comes to steak. It’s simple to grill and delicious to eat but there are some guidelines.

One of the great things about living the Whole Foods lifestyle is there is no need to give up a lot of your old favorites. It’s just clean eating which means if you do eat beef you want it to be from cattle that spent their lives on the open range and did not spend their last couple of months in a cattle pen being fattened up on corn and antibiotics. Once you have found your supplier of healthy beef you can enjoy it in many different ways.

Ingredients Needed:

• Your favorite marinade
• Nice cuts of steak
• Mushrooms for topping if you’d like

Also, keep on hand a container you can marinate in, tong and barbecue utensils.

Step 1: Marinate Steak

The secret to a tender and delicious steak is to marinate for about 8 hours or overnight. Place your marinade in a container and place the steaks in the marinade, turning to coat on both sides. We use a simple marinade of olive oil, fresh garlic, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper. This helps create a tender steak and doesn’t use any sugars that can burn on the grill.

Cover and refrigerate overnight or for about 8 hours. You can flip the steaks part way through the process to ensure even marinating.

Step 2: Grill

Take the steaks out of the fridge to bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place the steaks on the grill.

How long you’ll grill the steak on each side depends on the size of steak you have and how you like it done.

Here’s a handy little steak grilling chart to help you:

Rare -Medium Rare -Medium
3/4” steak 6 min each side -7 min each side -8 min each side
1” steak 7 min each side -8 min each side -9 min each side
1 ½” steak 9 min each side -10 min each side -12 min each side

These are just a guide and there will still be variables, depending on the type of steak you use, the heat of your grill and more. Steaks are rare when they reach an internal temperature between 120 – 130 F. -Medium rare is 130 – 140 F and -Medium is 140 – 150 F.

When ready, Flip the steaks and continue to grill for the prescribed amount of time. Some recipes suggest flipping steaks several times, but unless it’s a flank steak, this isn’t necessary and can actually dry your steak. Use tongs during this process. If you use a fork and puncture the meat when you flip it, much of the flavor will be lost.

Step 3: Serve

Let the meat stand about 5 minutes before serving. The steak will actually continue to cook slightly during this time, so take that into account when deciding to remove a steak from the grill. It’s always better to remove a steak from the grill earlier, rather than later because you can always put a steak back on the grill if you need it cooked more. It’s pretty hard to uncook and overcooked steak.

Serve your steak with sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions or a large pat of herbed butter.

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Bon Provecho

 

Maria and Bill

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4 Responses to How to Grill a Steak

  1. ChefChaney says:

    I really like my time on the grill. Now that we are retired and have grilling weather about 295 days of the year, I get to spend a lot of time grilling. We are actually building a Tiki hut this month so that we have a grill area all year.

  2. ChefChaney says:

    I agree 100% but I have been served a few in my time that made me wonder what it was because it wasn’t anything like I ordered.

  3. Excellent tips…because there is nothing worse than an overcooked/poorly steak!

  4. Martha DeMeo says:

    Grilling is my favorite and this recipe is something I must try! Thanks for sharing.

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