Grilling Techniques

How to Cook Steak on Grill

How to cook steak on grill

Knowing how to cook steak on the grill is easier than you think, but it requires a little practice and a good amount of time.

Ingredients you need to cook steak on grill include:


Olive oil

Steak rub of choice (a mixture of fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper).

Very hot grill

Meat thermometer


  1. Before grilling, remove your steak from the refrigerator and let it stay at about 20 mins at room temperature.
  2. Prepare a gas grill or charcoal and place the rack 4 inches from the element). Lightly sprinkle the grill with vegetable cooking oil. Coal should be heated for the charcoal grill.
  3. Spray oil on both sides of the steak, use a brush to evenly spray the oil on the steak. Then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the steaks on the grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until it starts having a rich brown colour.
  5. Flip the steaks over and continue to grill for 3 to 5 at a medium temperature of 135 degrees F.
  6. With the steak grilled, transfer it to a plate, let it rest for five minutes before serving your steak.

How long does it take to cook steak on grill?

Given the differences between grills, cooking surface, and steak, there are no specific cooking times for grilling steak.

Keep in mind that the thickness of your steak, the temperature of your grill, and your level of desire to donate will all affect the time it takes for your steak to grill. You can also check the steak temperature by placing a digital meat thermometer through the side to check.

Beware of steam thickness as it will also affect cooking time.

Charcoal or Gas Grill for Steak?

Coal or wood-fired grills are always the best way to cook steak on grill because of the extra flavor they offer. If you have a charcoal grill, you can also add a variety of wood to the fire to contribute the smoke and improve the taste of the whole meat.

Don’t worry – you can still use a gas grill to cook a great steak. If you are using a gas grill, open the lid, turn on the gas and turn on the grill. Do not light the grill with the lid closed; the gas can build up inside the grill and cause an explosion.

Season the Steak

Be sure to season your steak with salt and pepper and let it sit uncovered for a while. But don’t season too quickly before grilling, anything shorter than 4o mins will only pull the moisture out of the steak before grilling as this will only pull the moisture out of the steak during cooking and not let the outside get those nice grill marks and crust. Salt and pepper will enhance the flavour of your steak.

Do not start without a very hot grill.

Using a gas  grill, heat the grill to 450 ° F with two burners going, which should only take about 10 minutes, then turn one of the burners down to low heat temp to create two cooking areas.

Do the also if using a charcoal grill, create two cooking zones as well, one that is very hot for the searing the steak and the other one turned down to medium temperature for finishing the steak and cooking it through. make sure you allow your charcoal to fully heat up before grilling on it for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Hot cooking is very important to caramelize the outside of the steak and secure its taste. This method will give your steak crispy surface on the outside and moist and soft on the inside with lots of flavor.

Here’s a quick guide to temperature based on your preferred level of doneness:

  • Rare: 125 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium rare: 135 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium: 145
  • Medium well: 150 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Well-done:170 degrees Fahrenheit

Don’t Forget to Check Temperature – even if you’re an expert.

The meat changes in texture and density as it cooks, so it helps to know how each steak feels to get the perfect steak doneness, I suggest using a meat thermometer

Checking a temperature of a steak by hand can be very tricky and takes a lot of practice and experience. A meat thermometer is helpful when checking doneness.