How to Cook Steak in the Oven
Have you always wanted to know how to cook a steak in the oven? Preheat your oven and prepare to become a master! From robust and savory to earthy and caramel-like, steaks pack tasty goodness into each mouthwatering bite. We'll show you how to cook steak in the oven by broiling. Once you learn how to broil steak, round out your meaty meal with tasty toppings and simple side dishes.
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.
Choose the Right Cut of Beef
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:
- Top sirloin
- Rib eye
Tip: For melt-in-your-mouth texture, look for steaks that are bright red with abundant marbling (stripes of fat in the meat).
Step 1: Pat the steaks dry
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.
Step 2: Measure the thickness
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).
Step 3: Preheat oven broiler
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.
Step 4: Season the steaks
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:
- Chicago Steakhouse: 1 tablespoon dry mustard + 2 teaspoons granulated garlic + 2 teaspoons black pepper + 1 teaspoon sweet smoked Spanish paprika + 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme + 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Spicy Espresso: 2 teaspoons chili powder + 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder + 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder + 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano + 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Chili: 1 tablespoon chili powder + 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Mediterranean: 2 teaspoons dried rosemary + 2 teaspoons dried thyme + 2 teaspoons dried minced onion + 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic + 1 teaspoon salt + 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Japanese: 1 tablespoon dried orange peel + 2 teaspoons garlic powder + 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds + 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds + 1 teaspoon black pepper + 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Step 5: Broil the steaks
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.
Related: How to Test Meat for Doneness
Step 6: Let the steaks rest
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.