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Here's a breakdown on how to cook a delicious top sirloin steak:

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  1. Temper the Steak: Take your steaks out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring them to room temperature. This helps ensure even cooking. Pat them dry with paper towels to remove any moisture from the surface, which will aid in a nice sear.

  2. Seasoning: Season both sides of the steak generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. You can also add other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or your favorite steak spice blend.

Cooking Methods:

There are two main ways to cook top sirloin steak: pan-searing and oven-finishing:

  • Pan-Searing:

    • Heat a heavy-bottomed pan (cast iron skillet is ideal) over medium-high heat with a high smoke point oil like canola or avocado oil.
    • Once the pan is hot and shimmering, carefully place the steaks in the pan. Sear for 2-3 minutes per side for a nice crust.
  • Oven-Finishing:

    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (204°C).
    • After searing the steaks in the pan, transfer them to a baking sheet.
    • Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness of the steak and your desired level of doneness (see internal temperature guide below).

Internal Temperature Guide:

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the steak for perfect doneness:

  • Rare: 125°F (52°C)
  • Medium-Rare: 135°F (57°C) - This is recommended for most top sirloin steaks.
  • Medium: 145°F (63°C)
  • Medium-Well: 155°F (68°C)
  • Well-Done: 160°F (71°C)


Once the steaks reach your desired temperature, transfer them to a plate, tent them loosely with foil, and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.


  • Don't overcrowd the pan when searing the steaks. This can cause them to steam instead of sear.
  • Baste the steaks with the pan drippings while cooking for added flavor.
  • Use a meat thermometer for the most accurate doneness.
  • Slice the steak against the grain for maximum tenderness.

With these steps, you can cook up a juicy and flavorful top sirloin steak at home

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