Steak sounds easy to prepare, it may seem like a simple task. But the right skill is also needed to make it right, especially when it comes to steak doneness. The internal temperature of the steak determines when it's done. No matter if it's a thin flank steak or a thick porterhouse. The type of steak, its thickness, and the heat of the grill will determine how long it will take to cook. Each level of steak doneness has a target temperature which can be measured using a meat thermometer.
The steak must come to room temperature before it hits the grill for the meat to cook properly. You can place the packaged steak on the counter for about half an hour to 45 minutes before cooking. It will ensure that the entire steak is at the same temperature throughout, so it will cook evenly, avoid a burnt exterior while the interior is still cold.
Guide for grill times and temperature for steak
Well-Done : 77 Celcius or more, 12 then 10 minutes per side, pull off the grill at max 73 Celcius
Medium-Well : 68 to 74 Celcius, 7 then 5 minutes per side, pull off the grill at max 71 Celcius
Medium : 60 to 66 Celcius, 6 then 4 minutes each side, pull off the grill at max 62 Celcius
Medium-Rare : 55 to 57 Celcius, 5 then 4 minutes per side, pull off the grill at max 54 Celcius
Rare: 49 to 55 Celcius, 5 then 3 minutes per side, pull off the grill at max 51 Celcius
How to Cook Well Done Steak
Well done steak is undesirable for most people. Some chefs even refuse to cook the meat well done. It seems that well done would be the easiest to cook, but cooking until the meat is no longer pink and not drying out is a challenge. The secret is to do it slow and low to prevent burning while fully cooking it through the middle. The key is not to burnt on the outside while there is not the faintest hint of pink in the middle. The steak will feel solid when you touch it. Tips for 1-inch steak, grill over medium heat between 10 and 12 minutes per side. It should reach an internal temperature of 77 Celcius or higher.
How to Cook Medium Well Steak
This level of doneness is for those who want a slight pink in their meat. A medium well steak will be very stiff but still have a little squish in the center. Then, inside the steak just a slight pink in the very middle of the steak with a dark brown surface and good charring on the top and bottom. Tips for a 1-inch steak, place steak on a hot grill for 7 minutes. Turn the steak and continue grilling for another 5 minutes. Cook to an internal temperature of 68 to 74 Celcius.
How to Cook Medium Steak
This level of doneness is desirable for most people. A medium-cooked steak should have a thick band of light pink through the middle but have more browned meat than pink overall. The sides should be a rich brown color and the top and bottom charred darkly (but not black). This steak will have some play through the middle but it feels firm to the touch. Tips for a 1-inch steak, place steak on a hot grill for 6 minutes. Turn the steak and continue grilling for another 4 minutes until an internal temperature of 60 to 66 C is reached.
How to Cook Medium Rare Steak
This is the most recommended level of doneness for a good steak. Most of Chef like their steak prepared medium rare. A medium rare steak should be warm through the middle with most of the center pink in color with a slight red. Well browned all over the sides, top and bottom caramelized to a dark brown color with good grill marks. This steak's will spring back quickly when touched. Tips for 1-inch steak, place steak on a hot grill for 5 minutes. Turn and continue grilling for another 4 minutes to an internal temperature of 55 to 57 Celcius.
How to Cook Rare Steak
You must be seldomly hear someone ordering rare steak. Only a true carnivore will order rare steak because they want their meat get the least cooking. Rare steak should have a warm center, lightly charred on the outside, browned all over the sides, and bright red in the middle. This meat should be soft to touch, similar to raw meat but browned over the surface. For a 1-inch steak, place steak on a hot grill for 5 minutes. Turn the steak and continue to grill for another 3 minutes. Cook to an internal temperature of 49 to 55 Celcius.
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