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Perfect Grilled Steak (Steakhouse Quality)

How to grill the perfect steak for your next summer cookout. This has a simple 3-ingredient rub with rosemary, salt, and pepper, but it’s all you need to make a flavorful and juicy steak. We used a Ribeye Steak but any thick-cut steak will do.

Thank you to Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff who sponsored this grilled steak recipe. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

Grilled ribeye steak on a platter with chimichurri sauce on the side

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Why we Love Grilling Steak:

There’s nothing like firing up the grill for a summer cookout to unite and bring people together and beef is our favorite protein for the grill – from steaks to juicy burgers! Grilling is one of the best ways to cook beef. We love the smoky flavor from grilling and this method produces a tender and juicy steak. It’s also really easy to create a steakhouse quality steak at home.

Everything just seems to taste better when it’s grilled. If you are new to grilling, this easy and fun recipe is a great starting point. Make this and you will be known for your grilled steak.

Sliced grilled steak on a platter with rosemary

The Best Steaks for Grilling:

Beef is incredibly versatile and it’s easy to swap with a different steak depending on availability, budget, and preference. Any thick-cut (about 1 1/4″ thick) steak will work for this recipe (bone-in or boneless). We love a well-marbled steak for grilling for the juiciest results. These are our favorite steaks for the grill:

  • Ribeye Steak – we used a bone-in ribeye here. Ribeye steaks are cut from the whole Rib. Ribeye is considered the “king of the grill.” A lower-cost alternative would be a Chuck Eye Steak.
  • T-Bone Steak – a bone-in steak which is actually a combination of New York Strip Steak and Tenderloin Steak. A good alternative for the T-Bone is a Porterhouse Steak.
  • New York Steak – also known as a “Strip Steak” or “KC Strip,” this one is well-marbled and juicy. This is also our favorite cut for Pan-Seared Steak.
  • Top Sirloin Steak – a versatile favorite that is juicy and tender.

Ribeye Steaks for grilling with rosemary, salt and pepper

How to Grill the Perfect Steak:

  1. Season the steak with salt, pepper, and rosemary. Grill right away or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 hours. Make your Chimichurri Sauce and refrigerate at the same time.
  2. Preheat grill to med-high. Place steaks on the grill, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare (flipping once), OR until you’ve reached your desired doneness (see steak grilling chart below).
  3. Remove steaks from the grill and rest for 15 min before slicing. Serve with chimichurri sauce if desired.

Step by step photos of seasoning and grilling steak

How Long to Grill Steak:

Insert an instant-read thermometer into the side of the steak in the thickest part. For an accurate temperature reading, avoid touching the bone or fat. Keep in mind thick steaks will continue to rise in temperature an additional 5 to 10 degrees once off the grill so remove them about 5-10 degrees before they reach their ideal temperature. Follow this steak cooking chart:

  • Medium Rare doneness – the final temperature will reach 145˚F. The USDA recommends cooking steaks to a minimum internal temperature of 145˚F.
  • Medium doneness – the final temperature will reach 160˚F

Testing doneness of steaks with thermometer

Pro Tips for Grilling:

These are our best tips for grilling success so you can be the pitmaster of your own back yard.

  • Clean the Grill – keep the grates and inside surfaces clean to prevent flare-ups
  • Don’t Flip Steaks too Much – you want the steak to form a good sear so one flip is all you need
  • Avoid Overcooking – the temperature will continue to rise once thick steaks are off the grill so take them off earlier. See the chart above for how long to cook steak.
  • Rest Steaks – tent the beef with aluminum foil to help the steak rise in temperature and let steaks rest 15 minutes before slicing so they don’t juice out on your plate.

The best grilled steak on a platter served as a chimichurri steak

What to Serve with Grilled Steak:

We love topping steaks with a simple homemade Chimichurri sauce which adds an amazing fresh flavor. Steaks pair really well with these sides:

Juicy bite of steak on a fork topped with chimichurri sauce

I hope this becomes your go-to grilled steak recipe and make sure you try that Chimichurri sauce. It is a game-changer!

Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe (Steakhouse Quality)

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Grilled Steak on blue platter served with chimichurri sauce

Grill the perfect steak for your next summer cookout. This 3-ingredient rub with rosemary, salt, and pepper is so simple, but it's all you need to make a flavorful and juicy steak. We used a Ribeye Steak but any thick-cut steak will do.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $18-$24
Keyword: grilled steak, grilling steak, how to grill steak
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 237 kcal
Servings: 4 servings from 2 large steaks

Ingredients

  • 2 Ribeye Steaks (1.3 lbs each steak and 1 1/4" thick)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (or 1 Tbsp of finely chopped leaves)
  • Chimichurri sauce optional to serve

Instructions

  1. Season the steak generously with salt, pepper, and rosemary.

  2. Preheat grill to med-high. Place steaks on the grill, cover and reduce heat to medium. Grill for about 4-5 min each side for medium rare (flipping only once) or until you've reached your desired doneness on an instant-read thermometer.

  3. Remove steaks from the grill, tent with foil and rest for 15 min before slicing against the grain. Serve with chimichurri over the sliced steak if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Steak Temperature Notes: The temperature will rise another 5 to 15 degrees once steaks are off the grill so remove them according to this chart - 
For Medium/Rare: remove steaks when they reach 130˚F to 140˚F (the temperature will continue to rise as it rests to 145˚F for med/rare).
For Medium Doneness: take steaks off the grill at 145˚F to 150˚F (the temperature should reach 160˚F after resting the steak).

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Grilled Steak Recipe (Steakhouse Quality)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 931mg40%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 39IU1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Rob Samples
    July 24, 2020

    Hi Natasha. This recipe really looks delicious. But if you really want to be sure your steaks are cooked exactly to the doneness you want every time, you need to check out The Meatrix System. It uses new technology that is much more accurate, reliable and consistent than any other way of telling meat doneness. At least 6 of the top ranked competitive steak chefs are using it very successfully, now. And it’s very simple to use.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 24, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us Rob!

      Reply

  • Desicart
    July 8, 2020

    Nice blog to follow while preparing recipes.Thank you so much for sharing with us.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 8, 2020

      You’re welcome and thanks for checking out my recipes!

      Reply

  • Laura Reese
    July 6, 2020

    I have always struggled to cook the best steak! A few of your tips revealed my mistakes! The simple seasoning and directions make a delicious steak!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 6, 2020

      I’m so glad you gave this recipe a try! Thank you for that wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Baltisraul
    July 4, 2020

    These were great at med-rare. We reversed seared them and they were beautiful sitting on the table. Our steaks are a little less than 1″ so there was not need to rest them, just cover and by the time the family was seated any distribution was complete.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 4, 2020

      Great idea! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    July 1, 2020

    Delicious – great recipe! My husband and I grilled these yp last weekend!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 1, 2020

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Melissa. So great to hear that you both enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Natasha's Kitchen
    June 30, 2020

    Thanks for your suggestion!

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  • Malak
    June 30, 2020

    Can you try outback chichen in a video please.

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    • Natasha
      July 1, 2020

      It looks like I’ll have to visit that restaurant to try it! Is there a specific name for the dish you are requesting?

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      • Malak
        July 6, 2020

        Thank you the dish what i want is tomba chicken dish.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 6, 2020

          Thank you for sharing that recipe name and suggestion with me Malak!

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      • Malak
        July 6, 2020

        Thank you.the name of the recipe is tomba chicken please try it.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 6, 2020

          Thank you for sharing that with me Malak!

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  • Kristyn
    June 30, 2020

    Mmmm…my mouth is watering! This really is the perfect steak!! So juicy, taste is delicious, & so tender!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 30, 2020

      Yay so great to read your positive feedback. Thank you!

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2020

      It is so good! I can have steak any day!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    June 30, 2020

    Absolute perfection! The steak was excellent and the seasoning you used was sooo good!

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    • Natasha
      June 30, 2020

      Hi Stephanie, it sounds like you found a new favorite steak! Thank you for sharing your great review.

      Reply

  • Kimberly
    June 29, 2020

    Great tutorial with absolutely delicious results, thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 30, 2020

      Thank you so much for your great review!

      Reply

  • Trang
    June 29, 2020

    This is a great way to grill a steak! I especially love your chimichurri sauce to go along with it.

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    • Natasha
      June 30, 2020

      I’m so glad you tried the chimichurri – it’s a game-changer for steak!

      Reply

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