Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Foolproof Steak Cooking Chart

I rarely mess up a steak on the grill. That's because I have been using this little chart for over 5 years. I've been holding back, I know, but I just thought that if I knew then the whole world knew. I don't give myself credit sometimes. So, here it is. If you want perfect steak & not just good steak, use it, you will not be sorry!!!!!

Yes, I actually do take a ruler to my meat & then go according to the chart. The chart can also be found here.


Some of my own tips for steak grilling: 

  1. Take your steaks out of the fridge about 15 - 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  2. Be aware of the hot spots on your grill.
  3. All you need is salt, pepper, garlic powder & a little lime juice. Salting just prior does not dry out the steak or draw out moisture. The lime juice helps to break down the fibers giving you tenderness!
  4. Only flip steak once.
  5. Don't keep opening your grill. Maybe check once to make sure there are no flare ups. 
And........


Always - let your steak rest for 3-4 minutes before slicing into it. You will then see the true doneness since it continues to cook, as well as let the juices run back to the middle, giving you a very juicy, moist & delicious steak. I swear by this rule.


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54 comments:

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

Mmmmmmmmmm....red meat!!!

Lolli said...

Yum! Thanks for the tips! Now I want to cook me some steak! I totally agree with the simple seasonings. We love sprinkling with seasoned salt and pepper.

Jocelyn said...

You make me wanna cook steak again...mmmmm, yummy!

Very helpful tips. I'll be sure to come by often. :D

Elizabeth said...

this is awesome! Thanks!

mommaof4wife2r said...

yummo! want steak. now!!!!
my fav thing to do with steaks on the grill...add lots of salt {i know} and garlic, with a smidge of worchestershire...mmmmmm.

Carrie said...

I *heart* steak! But I let the hubby cook it. Then I get a little respite every once in a while!!

Kacey R. said...

Mmmm! I am SO forwarding this to Carrie - she is the grill master! Shhh...don't tell her hubby though!

CookingCourtney said...

thanks for the tips and the chart :)!
i'll def be saving it!

Tanya said...

That looks phenomenal! I must have red meat tonight.

Michelle said...

Great tip. My man is the griller of all things red and rare.

Briony said...

this is awesome...i need something like this for when i am making meat for my dad and brother. i myself don't like any pink :) haha

jenn said...

Is it lunch time yet? Those photos made me hungry. I don't think a PB&J is going to help now. :)

Netts Nook said...

Yum your steak looks so good can't wait to try it your way thanks for sharing.

Simply Sara said...

Oh Boy....now I'm hungry!
Is it weird to want steak for breakfast??

Kristina P. said...

Great tip! My husband likes his steak like shoe leather. Blech.

jsprik said...

oh my **drools** that looks heavenly!!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

too funny - my brother is a chef and taught me this ions ago - 5-7 mins first side - 2-3 second side- never fails!

Kameron said...

I wish it would stop snowing here so we can grill! That is my favorite cooking method!

Sparkette said...

Mmm...that looks great! I can't pass down a good lookin steak. I will use your ideas! Thanks!

Oh and thanks for stopping by my page :)

Aubrey said...

Nothing, I mean NOTHING, like a well cooked steak! Yum! My daddy can grill a pretty mean one! Thanks for the chart!

Rachel said...

I love London Broil on the grill!!!

Lump said...

ok, um, HELLO? mouth watering RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

pam said...

Looks like heaven!! I am so hungry now.

I had lost track of you for a while, I am glad you are found again:)

Jen said...

Oh thank you for this. I am so going to try it next time.

Lula! said...

Ooooh, I so love you now even more than ever. This is just perfection. I love steak. I love you. That is all the world needs to know.

blueviolet said...

Now I want to have steak for dinner! What great tips!

Elaine A. said...

Lime juice. Interesting. I'll have to tell my husband about that part. We definitely let it sit before we cut into it - the Golden Rule of steak! HA!

Becca Cosmetics said...

It is making me hungry. Thanks for the tips.

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girlytwins said...

Delicious! Thanks. Now I might have to head out to the store to buy some steaks for dinner. :)

Thanks for the great tips. They will go to great use.

KDLOST said...

OOH! great tip! THAT LOOKS SOOOO GOOD!!!!!

Maria said...

Don't eat steak, but I am sure everyone else appreciates the tips:)

Pam said...

That's just the way I like my steak. Excellent post - thanks for the tips.

Brenda said...

just the words, "salt, pepper and a little lime juice" made my mouth water!

Courtney said...

OMG, I LOVE that you measure the height of your steaks...awesome. :)

Jennifer said...

I cannot wait until I am able to chew again. Yum!

Debbie said...

What a coincidence - I just grilled a flat iron tonight!

angie said...

I'm so glad you decided to share this with us........this is a MUST have that I havne't had. :)

Chef Chuck said...

Let's get grilling!! Looks Good!

GutsyWriter said...

What do you think about those who say don't put salt on the steak until you're done cooking it?

Jenni Jiggety said...

This post seriously made my mouth water! YUMMMM!

Keri said...

Okay, I need a bib to wipe up the drool! Those slabs of beef look mighty tasty. Yum-may!

Jean Stockdale said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. You must be a fabulous cook! Your dishes look delicious. Many blessings.

starnes family said...

Now, this is just unfair to see during Lent. :)

avtcoach said...

I have been scrolling through and just noticed your new header! Very nice!

Woman Interrupted said...

You mean the chart works better than poking it with your finger while on the grill?

Thanks for the 411 idea...that'll save me a few bucks per month!

Ace C said...

It's too early to eat a steak over here, but I am definitely hungry for one right now.

Angela said...

Yum! Hubs usually does the grilling around here, because I am a total grilling idiot (I cook in the kitchen, not outdoors, lOL!) We're having steak tonight, as a matter of fact. Friends coming over to play some Guitar Hero, LOL! Happy Saturday!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

Perfect! With grilling season coming up I'll be cooking outside waaaay more often! I even cooked steak and scallops on the grill last week. Totally stealing this chart.

Michelle said...

Just what I need! Thank you! Very cool!!!!!!!

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