How to Cook the Perfect Steak

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How to Cook the Perfect Steak!  You can easily make delicious and tender steakhouse style steaks in your own backyard!  Here are my top tips for steak perfection!Steak and a baked potato on a white plate


How to Cook the Perfect Steak

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I actually learned how to cook the perfect steak at culinary school bootcamp last year. Grilling a perfect steakhouse style steak in your own backyard is actually pretty easy!  You’re looking for delicious flavor, caramelization and cooking the meat to the right temperature.

When cooking a steak, I use a very high temperature to lock in the juices and flavor and then move it over to an indirect heat to finish the cooking process.

Kingsford® Professional Briquets provide the perfect high heat for steakhouse style dishes (and can be found at most grocery or hardware stores).   Using a charcoal grill provides an incredibly flavorful sear and a delicious steak.

While there are lots of great choices for steaks to put on the grill, I personally think one of the best steaks for grilling is a ribeye (or rib steak).  It has lots of marbling creating the perfect tender & juicy steak.  Other great choices include tenderloin or sirloin.

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Prepare Your Grill

Placing your coals on one side of the grill allows you to have a high temperature on one side for searing and an indirect heat for finishing the steak.  This results in the perfect steakhouse style steak!

  • Preheat coals by placing Kingsford® Professional Briquets in a mound towards one side of the grill.
  • Using a match, light the coals and allow about 15 minutes for the flame to extinguish and the coals to become grey.
  • Oil the grill just before adding the steaks by placing oil on a paper towel and using tongs to rub the oil on the grill.

Flipping steaks on a grill

Prepare Your Steaks

  • Remove steaks from the refrigerator and set on the counter 30-60 minutes before grilling.
  • Remove any large thick pieces fat pieces on the outer edge to avoid flare ups.  Score any remaining fat on the edges of the steak so the steak doesn’t curl up as it cooks.
  • Just before grilling, season your steaks well with salt & pepper or your favorite steak seasoning mix.

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

  • Place steaks on the hottest side of the grill (where the coals are) and sear.  Note: To get a crosshatch pattern, place steak on a 45 degree angle.  After one minute, rotate 90 degrees.  Repeat on the other side.
  • Continue cooking over indirect heat to desired temperature (printable recipe below).
  • Once steak has reached desired temperature, remove from the grill & top with softened butter or flavored butter.
  • Rest 5 minutes before serving to redistribute juices.

Steak on a plate with herbed butter on top

Steak on a plate with herbed butter on top
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How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 steaks
Perfectly cooked steaks that will rival ANY steakhouse meal!


  • 2 Ribeye Steaks (1" thick)
  • Salt & Pepper or steak spice to taste

Parsley Garlic Butter

  • 1 stick of salted butter (½ cup), softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh herbs chopped

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  • Prepare butter below if using.
  • Preheat Kingsford Professional Charcoal until coals are grey (approx. 15 minutes)
  • Place steaks on the hottest side of the grill (where the coals are) and sear 2 minutes per side.
  • Move steaks to the indirect heat side of the grill to complete cooking to desired temperature. (For a 1" ribeye steak cook an additional 4-5 minutes after searing for medium-rare or an additional 6-7 minutes for medium)
  • Once steak has reached desired temperature, remove from the grill. Top with butter or garlic butter and let rest 5 minutes to redistribute juices.

Parsley Garlic Butter

  • Mix all ingredients. Place on plastic wrap and roll into a log. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Slice into rounds.

Recipe Notes

Note: To get a crosshatch pattern, when searing place steak on a 45 degree angle. After one minute, rotate 90 degrees. Repeat on the other side.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 589, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 51g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 124mg, Potassium: 769mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 3.5mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 5.9mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Once you cook a steak using this method, it’ll quickly become your go-to!  It’s easy to make and the flavor is insanely delicious!  You can find more great grilling recipes and tips at!

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  1. Your article is very interesting and meaningful to me. Can you guide me on how to properly cook with teriyaki sauce? I really love that sauce!

  2. This was so helpful! My skills in the kitchen are great but I’m definitely lacking in my grilled skills from growing up in the city! But I’m looking forward to learning since we just bought a house in the suburbs. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re so welcome! The 2 temperatures on the grill makes it perfect, I can’t wait to hear how it works out for you!!

  3. This steak looks incredible, Holly! I’m not much of a steak eater myself, but my husband goes crazy for it, so I’ll be bookmarking this post to try my hand at grilling him a steak this summer. Great post! :)

    1. Thank you Sam! Grilling on charcoal makes a HUGE difference in flavor! I’d love to hear how it works out for you!