how to broil beef steak

InstructionsBEFORE you fire up the broiler, place the rack 4-6” from the broiler/top of the oven. … Preheat the broiler. … Line a small baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil.Season your steaks with salt and pepper, and place it in the oven.Broil for 4 minutes, and then flip using tongs.

  1. BEFORE you fire up the broiler, place the rack 4-6” from the broiler/top of the oven. …
  2. Preheat the broiler. …
  3. Line a small baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil.
  4. Season your steaks with salt and pepper, and place it in the oven.
  5. Broil for 4 minutes, and then flip using tongs.

The two most popular ways to cook a steak are grilling and searing in a hot skillet. But one overlooked method is broiling steaks in an oven.

Think of broiling as upside-down grilling—cooking your foods in close proximity to the heating element at the top of your oven. While baking involves cooking with indirect heat (hot air circulating), broiling aims heat directly at the surface of your foods. If you’re a fan of a nice char or crust on your steaks, you’ll want to add broiling steaks to your cooking repertoire.

But broiling steaks requires some know-how. Do you use the high or low setting? Do you flip the steaks when broiling? Read on for everything you need to know about broiling steaks in the oven.

How To Broil Steak

  • Prep the steaks.
    • Bring the steak to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes, then pat them dry on both sides.
    • Season the steaks generously with salt and ground black pepper on both sides.
  • Set the oven rack to right below the broiling unit, the heating element on the top of the oven.
  • Using a large rimmed baking sheet, spread out 2-3 cups of salt evenly over the surface of the baking sheet. (The amount of salt depends on the size of the baking sheet that you are using. It should completely cover the bottom of the baking pan, but the meat should not be resting on the salt underneath the wire rack.) The salt is used just to catch all the meat drippings, so use a container of cheap salt here, not an expensive, special salt.
  • Place a wire rack on top of the salt for the steaks to cook on. This elevates the steaks and gets the hot air circulating all around the steaks. If you put the steaks right on the baking pan, they would steam on the bottom. When you put the steak on the rack, make sure the meat isn’t touching the salt.
  • Broil for 2-4 minutes, flip the steak over and broil for another 2-4 minutes. If the steaks are thinner than 2 inches, broil for 2 minutes per side, if the steaks are 2 inches or thicker, broil for 4 minutes. Continue broiling for 2-4 minutes per side, until the meat is 125 degrees on an instant read thermometer for a medium rare steak, 130 degrees for medium well, and 140 for well done. Using a meat thermometer will give you the perfectly cooked steak without guessing.
  • Remove the steaks from the oven and let them rest for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

Resting meat is really important to give the meat a chance to rest and the juices to redistribute. If you cut into them right away, all of the juices will pour out and your steak won’t be as tender. Discard the salt.

Flavored butter takes these steaks up a notch and makes them “steakhouse worthy”.

Serve the steaks with flavored butter. After the steaks rest but while they are still hot, slice the flavored butter into coins, the size and thickness that you prefer, and place it on top of your steaks.

Flavored Butter Recipe (I included the recipe in the recipe card below too, but if you want more details, I have a separate recipe too.)

As the butter melts and seeps into the meat, you will wonder how such a burst of flavor is even possible. It is SO delicious.

What are the advantages of broiling steaks in the oven?

  • If you’re cooking for a crowd, broiling is a real time-saver. Depending on the size of your roasting pan, you can cook multiple steaks simultaneously (as opposed to one or two at a time in a skillet).
  • Broiling is faster and more convenient than charcoal grilling—think of the time saved by not having to clean the grates, light the charcoal, and wait for the fire to develop.
  • As we said earlier, broiling promotes exceptional charring on your steaks. If you covet that beefy crustiness created by a Maillard reaction, broiling gets the job done.

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Published May 26, 2022.

The two most popular ways to cook a steak are grilling and searing in a hot skillet. But one overlooked method is broiling steaks in an oven.

Think of broiling as upside-down grilling—cooking your foods in close proximity to the heating element at the top of your oven. While baking involves cooking with indirect heat (hot air circulating), broiling aims heat directly at the surface of your foods. If you’re a fan of a nice char or crust on your steaks, you’ll want to add broiling steaks to your cooking repertoire.

But broiling steaks requires some know-how. Do you use the high or low setting? Do you flip the steaks when broiling? Read on for everything you need to know about broiling steaks in the oven.

how to broil beef steak

InstructionsBEFORE you fire up the broiler, place the rack 4-6” from the broiler/top of the oven. Preheat the broiler. Line a small baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil.Season your steaks with salt and pepper, and place it in the oven.Broil for 4 minutes, and then flip using tongs.

FAQ

How long does it take to broil beef steak?

Cook the steak under the broiler for about 5-7 minutes on each side for a medium rare doneness (or 9 to 10 minutes for medium). See notes below for internal temperatures. Once cooked let the steak rest for about 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Should you broil a steak on high or low?

You broil your steak on high. If you cook it on the low broil, your steak will dry out. Broil your steak four minutes on each side. That should make your steak medium rare.

Does broiling a steak make it tender?

Broiling is one of the best ways to prepare beef as it delivers a nice crispy crust while keeping the tenderness of the meat.

Do you use oil when broiling steak?

Seasoning Broiled Steaks The high heat of the broiler can cause fats to spit and sputter, so save your oil based marinades for another night and only use minimal oil on the steaks. Season your steak with salt and pepper, steak seasoning, or your favorite dry rub.

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