Grilling a steak can be intimidating. It takes a lot of practice to know how to “grill” a steak. The idea of grilling a tender, juicy steak on a griddle makes novice cooks uneasy, especially those who are used to frying and grilling meat.
Grilling a steak on a griddle is just as easy as pan frying. It is quick, easy, and delicious, and the steaks do not cook in the cooking juices. And if you use a plancha on the stove, there’s often room to grill vegetables next to the steak. Plus, it’s a great way to reduce the amount of dishes to wash up after the meal.
If you are looking for the best pan for grilling steaks, a grill pan will give you much better results than other options.
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How to use a Grill Pan for Steak | Ultimate Guide 2024
Tips and Tricks for Grilling Steak
Whether you are new to grilling or not, here are some tips and pointers for grilling steaks.
Do not overcook
This is the main point. There are many ways to overcook a steak (see below), but no matter what the grilling temperature, the rule of thumb is to not overcook it. The best way to avoid this is to invest in a meat thermometer. They are relatively inexpensive and very handy.
Make sure the grill is properly preheated
When placing steaks on the grill, the first thing to do is to make sure the outside is well heated. This will create a delicious film on the steak and improve the flavor. To do this, make sure the grill (or grill pan) is properly preheated and how long it takes to come up to temperature.
Cover the grill to create an oven effect
After the initial sear, allow the steaks to cook through. It is best to close the grill lid (to create an oven effect). If you cook the steaks in a pan on the stove, you are actually transferring them to the oven for the same reason.
Use dry brine
While not entirely necessary, it is highly recommended that the steaks be brined in advance. Dry brining makes the steaks juicier, tastier, and more tender.
Letting the steaks come to room temperature will allow them to cook better on the grill. If steaks are not left at room temperature, the inside will be cooler than the outside, resulting in uneven cooking.
Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe
- 2 ribeye or New York shoulder steaks (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
- 1 teaspoon coarse or flaked salt
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
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- Preheat grill and remove steaks from refrigerator to room temperature.
- Once back at room temperature, sprinkle the steaks with salt and drizzle with avocado oil.
- When the grill is hot, place the steaks on the griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then turn the steaks over, close the grill lid, and grill for another 4 to 10 minutes (exact time will depend on your grilling preferences).
- When the steaks reach the desired internal temperature, remove from the grill; let rest for 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy.
On the grill pan
- Remove steaks from refrigerator to room temperature and preheat oven to 375°F.
- Once back at room temperature, sprinkle the steaks with salt.
- Place the grill pan over high heat and cook the steaks until heated through (about 3 minutes).
- Add the ghee to the hot pan, melt it, place the steaks on top and grill for 3 minutes. Then turn the steaks over, place the pan in the oven, and cook for another 4-10 minutes (exact time will vary depending on how cooked the steaks are).
- When the steaks reach the desired internal temperature, remove from the oven; let rest for 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy.
Cooking Temperature of Steak
In general, the temperature of the steak continues to rise slightly after removal from the grill.
- Rare – remove from the grill at 130° to 135-140°.
- Medium rare – remove at 140° to 145°.
- Medium – Remove at 155° to 160°.
- Medium – Remove at 165° to 170°.
Insert a thermometer into the center of the steak to make sure it is cooked all the way through.
But the more times you do this, the more you will be able to judge the cooking time simply by observing the thickness of the steak.
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1- Preheat a frying pan over medium heat. Let the frying pan heat up for at least 5 minutes. This way, the entire surface of the pan will be evenly hot. This will allow the food to cook evenly. This also helps to obtain good shar marks.
2- Place the food on the pan. Once the pan is hot, carefully lay out the ingredients. Do this using tongs or other grilling utensils. For larger foods (such as chicken or steak), space them about ½ inch (1.25 cm) apart. Place the food perpendicular to the griddle to ensure even grilling.
3- Place a lid on the pan. Grill pans rarely come with lids, but lids can speed up the cooking of food. Additionally, it can enhance the smoky/broil flavor. Carefully place the lid or inverted metal bowl over the food in the pan so that it covers the pan.
4- Do not move the food for approximately 1 minute. Once the food is placed on the grill pan, do not turn or move it for approximately one minute. If the food is left in place, it will easily develop a searing mark that is characteristic of the food.
5- If necessary, rotate or move the food after 1-2 minutes. If you think the food is burning or not evenly cooked, use tongs to rotate it slightly. You may need to experiment to see how often you need to rotate the food, depending on the food, pan, and cooker.
Keep in mind that as you rotate the food, the grill marks will form a diamond shape, not a straight line.
6- Turn the food over. After rotating the food and allowing it to rest for a few minutes, you may want to turn it over. Flipping is important for even grilling. It also helps to avoid burning the food.
- When grilling a steak about 2.5 cm thick, allow it to rest for 3 to 5 minutes on each side before moving or flipping it.
- If grilling chicken about 2.5 cm thick, grill for 5-10 minutes on each side.
- For pork, grill for 6-7 minutes on each side before flipping.
- Flip burgers after 3 minutes.
- Grill bratwurst for 5 minutes before flipping.
- Cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes, then flip.
- Grill the vegetables for 3-4 minutes on each side before flipping.
- If the food is too brown or overcooked, turn more. If they continue to brown, reduce heat.
7- Measure the temperature of the food. If you are cooking meat, it is a good idea to take the temperature of the food before removing it from the pan. This will ensure that the meat has reached the lowest internal temperature at which it is safe to eat. If you do not measure the temperature, you are left guessing as to whether the food is cooked and safe.
- Seafood should be cooked at 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius).
- Poultry should be cooked at 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius).
- Beef, pork, veal, and lamb should be cooked at 145 degrees Fahrenheit (63 degrees Celsius).
- Ground meat should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius).
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How to use a Grill Pan for Steak | Video Explanation
How do I store grilled steaks?
The best steaks are best grilled and eaten as is (really, after resting for 10 minutes), but if there are leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long does grilled meat last?
Steak will keep for 4-5 days if stored in a container in the refrigerator.
How do I reheat this steak?
Get creative with your leftover steak! Instead of eating it as a steak with a few side dishes, chop it up and put it in a pan with rice, canned beans, and vegetables to make fried rice or add to a breakfast egg scramble.
How do I choose a cut of meat?
Choosing a cut of steak can be a daunting task. In this case, we chose one of the most popular cuts, the ribeye. It is a tender, juicy cut with good fat distribution and does not dry out quickly. Look for ribeye steaks that are about one inch thick. Thinner or thicker cuts will require an adjusted cooking time.
Do I need to marinate the steaks?
No, it is not necessary. Beef is delicious eaten as is, and grilling adds even more flavor, so salt and black pepper is all that is needed.
How to cook a freshly grilled steak?
Whether you use a gas grill or a stovetop grill pan, a juicy, delicious steak is possible*. Here’s what you need to know.
How to cook steaks on a gas grill?
Preheat the grill and allow the steaks to come to room temperature – Before anything else, remove the steaks from the refrigerator, place them on a plate, and allow them to come to room temperature. At this point, you can apply dry salt to the steaks if you wish. Meanwhile, preheat the grill so that it is up to temperature.
Season the steaks – If the steaks have not been prepped, season them before putting them on the grill. Then pour the avocado oil over the steaks.
Grill the steaks – Once the grill is hot and the steaks are oiled and back to room temperature, place them on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then flip the steaks, close the lid, and grill for another 4-10 minutes. (The exact time will vary depending on the degree of grilling. Use a thermometer to check for doneness.)
Allow the steaks to rest before serving and enjoying. Allow steaks to rest for 10 minutes before carving, then serve with your favorite side dish.
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How long does it take to cook a steak?
The temperature at which you cook a steak on a gas grill or grill pan depends on its thickness.
In general, for the cuts listed above, the cooking times at very high heat per inch of thickness are as follows
- Rare – 2 to 3 minutes per side
- Medium rare – 4 to 5 minutes per side
- Medium – 7 to 10 minutes per side
- Medium – 10 to 12 minutes per side
How to cook steak on a grill pan?
Bring the steaks to room temperature and preheat the oven – Before anything else, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and place them on a plate to bring them to room temperature. At this time, you can sprinkle the steaks with dry brine, if desired. Preheat the oven to 375°F and have the steaks ready to use once cooked.
Season the steaks and preheat the broiler. If you did not season the steaks, simply season them before grilling. Next, preheat the grill pan over high heat on the stove.
Add ghee and grill the steaks – When the pan is hot, add a tablespoon of ghee, melt it, and place the steaks on the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Then flip the steaks and place in the preheated oven for another 4-10 minutes (exact time will vary depending on the degree of doneness).
Allow the steaks to rest before serving and enjoying. Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes before cutting, serving with your favorite sides and enjoying.
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Grilling steaks on a griddle is the most ideal way to cook them. The steaks are delicate, juicy, and delicious, exactly the “grilling” you are looking for. Unlike the thin mental surface of a griddle, the cast iron cooking surface retains its temperature anyway, even when a cold steak is placed on it.
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