What is the Best Cooking Temperature for Steak?

By K.C. Kudra

Lots of us associate breaking out the grill with making the perfect steak. While there are all kinds of foods that grill up well, from steak and shrimp to fruits and veggies, steak is still an all around favorite. However, it can take a while to learn how to make your steak come out its best. Lots of people will tell you they know how to do it right, making it even harder to choose. Here is a look at some of the best ways to cook your steaks.

Step one is remembering that you do not start with cooking. You start by selecting the best possible steak, and some people even purchase a whole tenderloin and butcher it themselves to make sure they're getting great meat.

Look for three to five ounces of steak apiece, depending on whom you will be cooking for. Just make sure you use a consistent size. Why? Consistent size and thickness means a steak that will cook reliably every time.

After that, you will need to make sure you have got the skills to cook beef on the grill. That might sound silly, but it is more than just heating up some coals and slapping on a steak. Grilling is a relatively simple process, but if you want a steak that is more than just safe to eat, you are going to need to understand how your grill works. This kind of cooking is fast and intense, so mistakes are a lot more difficult to recover from.

Be sure your grill is very hot and your steak is seasoned correctly before you start cooking. Seasoning should be gentle enough to allow you to taste the meat, but strong enough to complement the flavor of the beef. Put the side you would like to show off on the plate down on the grill, and cook it until it is about three quarters of the way done. Then flip it and finish it to your preferences. Grilling beef does not have to be complex if you pay attention.

So, how long should you cook your meat, and what is the best cooking temperature for steak? There is no really easy answer to that - the general response is "until it's done." There are a few things that happen reliably while the steak is cooking, however, and you can keep an eye on that to tell when the steak is ready for you to eat. Let us take a look at them.

At 165 degrees F, the proteins in the meat begin to coagulate, stiffening and shrinking the steak. The sides start to become brown or gray. The sugars start caramelizing at 320 degrees, which is when the grill marks start to show. That is what makes that nice sweet smell and tells you the steak is cooking properly.

That is because the sugars are caramelizing. When your steak is nearly cooked, it will begin to bubble as the juices come up from the bottom. That is when you need to flip your steak and allow it to cook the rest of the way. - 29857

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