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What’s The Best Way to Cook Sirloin Steak?

Sirloin steak comes from the rear part of a cow, near the legs. If the steak is from the upper part of the rear legs, it is known as top sirloin while the one from the bottom side is known as just sirloin. Top sirloin is a bit tenderer than sirloin and this can be attributed to the fact that the lower part contains more muscle tissues for movement compared to the upper part.

However, sirloin is still way tenderer and thicker than other steak types. For this reason, sirloin is best grilled for crust formation and then finished for complete doneness in an oven. Cooking it entirely in an oven may lead to incomplete doneness since the steak is thicker. This article gives an easy and simple process of cooking sirloin steak for that salivating crusty taste and look.

  • Allow it to Come to Room Temperature
beautifully cut steak on a wooden board
Remove the steak from the fridge and let sit for about 1 hour to come to room temperature. Cooking the steak right from the fridge may result in incomplete doneness on the inner part since it is colder than the surface. Allowing the steak to come to room temperature works by getting rid of the excess water that had formed on its surface in form of ice. Besides, you do not want the ice melting in your oven and making unwanted soup or washing away the flavors together with the seasonings. To speed up the process, cover the steak with a kitchen paper towel. It absorbs the water melting from the ice that had formed on the surface. Getting rid of the water works by giving you a brown crust when grilling.

  • Preheat the Oven Grills

Turn your gas oven grill to heat to medium-high, some minutes before you start grilling the meat. This works by allowing the steak to form a smoky finish while slowly doing the outer crust.

  • Grill the Steak

To grill the steak, place it on the already hot grills and keep turning it from its side every minute. Using a small brush, ensure to smear it with butter every time you turn it. Butter prevents the surface of the steak from burning and instead form a crust as it cooks. The grilling should be done for 4-5 minutes for medium cooking. Beyond 5 minutes, you will overcook the steak and increase the chances of burning it since the steak is not that thick for that kind of cooking.

  • Season the Steak with Salt

Sprinkle some sea salt all over the steak some minutes before grilling it. Doing this allows the salt to get deep into the middle of the steak for a flavorful cooked steak. It also works by absorbing water from the steak for a crusty surface. Just before you put the steak on the grill, season it with some bits of hot pepper.

  • Cook the Steak in the Oven

Place the steak in a large enough frying pan for cooking in the already preheated oven. Compared to a small oven, a large oven allows for easier turning of the steak for ideal doneness. A small frying pan will give an incompletely done steak since some parts of the steak may never encounter the hot pan and will thus not cook. For flavorful results, put some herbs like rosemary and garlic on the sides and let them cook together. Since you had already achieved medium doneness when grilling, cook the steak for just 3 minutes so that it does not overcook or even burn.

  • Let it Rest For Some Time

Remove the steak from the frying pan and let sit for about 5 minutes and season it with your favorite seasonings before serving. This waiting period allows the flowing juices to settle deep into the steak for a juicy marbled, flavorful sirloin steak. Cutting through the steak straight from the fire could make the steak firmer when all the juices and marbling bleeds onto the plate. Any juices settled at the base of the pan should be poured on the steak.

Even with this easy and simple process of cooking sirloin steak, some people will still not be ready to go through all the hassles. They are not ready to do away with the goodness that comes with steaks prepared at their favorite steakhouse. For a great experience, be sure to choose your steakhouse wisely, and once you land a good one, stick to it. Finding a steakhouse with chefs who know how to prepare a good sirloin steak can sometimes be daunting.

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