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Here's how to broil a delicious steak to your desired doneness:

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Here's how to broil a delicious steak to your desired doneness:


  • Ribeye, New York strip, or your favorite cut of steak (1-2 inches thick)
  • Salt
  • Coarse black pepper (optional)
  • Olive oil (optional)


  • Broiler pan or baking sheet
  • Oven with broiler setting
  • Tongs
  • Instant-read thermometer (highly recommended)


  1. Preheat the broiler: Turn your oven broiler to high and preheat for at least 5-10 minutes. This ensures the broiler is nice and hot for searing the steak.

  2. Prepare the steak: Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to take the chill off and allow it to come closer to room temperature. This promotes even cooking. Pat the steak dry with paper towels to remove any surface moisture. Season generously with salt on both sides. Adding freshly ground black pepper is optional but can enhance the flavor. You can also brush the steak lightly with olive oil for extra flavor, but it's not necessary.

  3. Broil the steak: Place the steak on a broiler pan or baking sheet. Position the pan so the steak is 4-6 inches from the broiler heating element. This distance allows for searing without burning.

  4. Searing: Broil the steak undisturbed for 2-3 minutes on the first side. You should see a nice brown sear developing on the surface.

  5. Flipping and cooking to desired doneness:

    • Use tongs to carefully flip the steak.
    • Broil for an additional 2-4 minutes for rare (internal temperature 125°F), 4-6 minutes for medium-rare (130-135°F), or 6-8 minutes for medium (140-145°F).

Using an instant-read thermometer is highly recommended to ensure your steak reaches the perfect internal temperature for your desired doneness. 160°F and above is considered safe for consumption, but will be well-done.

  1. Resting: Once cooked to your preference, transfer the steak to a plate and tent it loosely with foil. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.

  2. Slice and serve: Slice the steak against the grain (perpendicular to the muscle fibers) for maximum tenderness. Enjoy your perfectly broiled steak!

Here are some additional tips:

  • Broiling times can vary slightly depending on the thickness of your steak and the distance from the heat source. Keep an eye on your steak and adjust cooking times as needed.
  • If your steak is very thick (over 2 inches), you might need to finish cooking it for a few minutes on a preheated cast iron skillet on the stovetop after broiling to achieve your desired internal temperature.
  • Broiling can create smoke and splatter. It's advisable to use your oven vent and keep a splatter guard nearby if needed.

By following these steps, you can broil a juicy and flavorful steak at home!

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