Whether you're making a romantic dinner or a casual meal for friends and family, steaks are always a delightful entrée. They're crowd pleasing and high in protein, and when you learn how to cook steak in the oven, you don't need to wait for good grilling weather. Learn which cuts of meat are best for broiling (baked sirloin steak is only the beginning), then follow our step-by-step instructions to broil steak in the oven for a super quick and fuss-free entrée.
Starting with the right cut of meat is the first step for the best steak in the oven. Seek out these types of steak for broiling:
Tip: For melt-in-your-mouth texture, look for steaks that are bright red with abundant marbling (stripes of fat in the meat).
Use a paper towel to dry off each piece of the cut you choose before you broil steak. Because surface wetness will delay a good sear, removing excess moisture will allow the steak to brown evenly.
One-inch-thick steaks are ideal for broiling. If your steaks are slightly thicker or thinner, you will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly (longer for thicker steaks, shorter for thinner steaks).
Before turning the broiler on, position a broiler pan with a rack on the top rack of your oven so the steaks will be about 4 inches from the heat. Remove the broiler pan from the oven and preheat the broiler as you finish preparing the meat.
Add extra flavor to your steaks with a homemade rub or a simple sprinkling of sea salt and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle your spices and/or herbs on both sides, then rub to distribute evenly.
Some perfect spice formulas for steak cooked in the oven:
Ask the people you are serving how they like their steaks cooked. A secret for how to cook steak in the oven: Steaks for those who like their meat well-done should go under the broiler a few minutes longer than the steaks for those who like their meat rare to medium—so stagger cooking times accordingly.
Place the steaks on the unheated rack of the broiler pan. For 1-inch-thick steaks cooked to medium doneness, broil the steaks for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking time. Allow less time for rare steaks and more time for well-done steaks.
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Let the meat rest for about five minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute from the interior of the steak and keeps the juices from escaping once the meat is cut.
Tip: If you are slicing the steaks before serving, be sure to cut slices perpendicular to the meat's grain for the most tender slices.
Now that you know how to cook steak in the oven, give this strategy a try with our Scandinavian Steak and Potatoes.