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How to Cook Steak

Whether you want your meat grilled, seared, or broiled, use this guide for instructions on how to cook steak.

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To Grill…
Heat grill to medium-high (for tri-tip, heat to medium). Oil the grate to prevent sticking (swipe with an oil-moistened paper towel, held with tongs). Grill the steak to the desired doneness. (See How to Cook Beef for more details.)

Or Sear…
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak to the desired doneness. (For tri-tip, you will also need to roast for the suggested time.)

Or Broil…*
Heat broiler to high. Broil the steak to the desired doneness.

Then Let It Rest
Whichever method you use, let your steak rest on a cutting board, loosely tented with foil, for about 5 minutes before slicing. That time allows the meat fibers to relax and plump with juices that would spill onto the board if you sliced too soon.

*Unless broiling instructions are given for a cut of meat, broiling is not recommended. Why? Thinner cuts of meat won’t brown, and if you have a gas broiler, the fattier cuts can start a fire.

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