. Grilling the perfect steak is an art form. It takes practice and patience to master. If you follow these simple steps you will have no trouble grilling a great steak. Lets first talk about my recommendations for the cut of meat. When grilling a steak, I like to use either a rib-eye or a NY strip. If you want to splurge, you can also grill a filet Mignon. Any other cut on the grill will turn out tough and chewy.
Before you get started, make sure your steak is set out at room temperature before grilling. Some people might tell you that this isn’t necessary, however I feel that this helps grill your steak more evenly and faster. Once at room temp, I like to season my steak with just a little kosher salt, cracked black pepper and then rub both sides with olive oil. You want to taste the flavor of the meat and the grill with your seasoning to compliment, not over-power.
Now, Preheat the grill. Hot as it will go for a gas grill, and a single layer of ashy white coals for a charcoal grill. Make sure you rub down your grill rack with some oil first, this will help keep your steak from sticking. Stay away from the oil sprays, they can effect how your meat will taste, use olive oil only.
Place each steak on the grill for three minutes. Turn and grill on the second side for an additional three minutes. Once your steaks have been grilled, remove the meat and let rest for at least 3 minutes before eating. This will allow all of the juices to settle back into the meat. Here is a quick grilling time chart that will help you have your steak just the way you want.
Rare steak 3 minutes per side
Medium Rare 5 minutes per side
Medium 8 minutes per side
Medium well 10 minutes per side
Well done 12 minutes per side