How To Grill Steak | How Long To Grill Steak And Other FAQs

Bubba Stacy
6 minute read

Men sure do love their steaks—but most probably enjoy the eating part more than the actual cooking. No wonder articles like this exist in the internet. How to grill steak? How long should it take? We’ve listed down answers to 9 of new grillers’ most frequently asked questions. If you tend to burn steaks, read on to save good meat.

How to Grill Steak | 9 Steak Grilling FAQs Answered


1. How Do I Grill Steak on a Charcoal Grill?

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Grilling on a charcoal grill might be the manliest way to cook a steak. With no help from electricity or gasoline, this might be the closest you’ll ever get to cooking like our cavemen ancestors. To grill a perfect steak, here are some of the things you need to do:

  • First, remove the grill's top grate and set it aside.
  • Pile coal or briquettes at the center of your grill, and light them up.
  • Let the charcoal burn for 10 to 15 minutes or until they’re covered in white or gray-colored ash.
  • When the coals are hot, move them over to one side of the grill to make a two-zone fire.
  • Place the grate back onto the grill and brush it with an oil-soaked paper towel.
  • Let the grate heat up for another 10 minutes, and then it’ll be ready for your steak.

2. How Do I Prep My Steak for Grilling?

Aside from preparing your grill, you also need to prep your steak. Below are some basic tips for prepping:

  • From the refrigerator, set the steak aside for 30 minutes.
  • Pat the steak dry and generously season it with salt and pepper.
  • Lay the steak on the side of the grill directly over the coals.
  • Sear the steak for about 3 minutes. With a pair of tongs, flip it to sear the other side.
  • Once your steak is seared-off on all sides, move it over to the side of grill with no hot coals.
  • Cover the steak and let it cook until it reaches your desired doneness.
  • Use a meat thermometer to take the temperature of the steak as it grills.
  • When the steak reaches your desired doneness, take it off of the grill and let it rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes.
  • Loosely cover the steak with aluminum foil to keep it warm.

3. How Long Does It Take to Grill Steak?

How long do I grill a steak? Two factors: thickness and doneness. The thicker steak, the longer it will take to cook. How well-cooked you want the meat to be dictates how long you should leave it on the grill.  

For example, if you’re grilling a one-inch steak and like it medium rare, grill each side for about 4 to 5 minutes. To have the same steak rare, grill each side for roughly 3 to 4 minutes.

4. I Don’t Have an Outdoor Grill. Can I Grill a Steak Indoors?

No grill? No problem! With the right indoor cooking techniques and tools grilling a steak in your very own kitchen shouldn’t be impossible. Toss a hearty glazed fillet of beef on a pan or oven, voila—a delicious home-cooked steak dinner.  

5. How Do I Start Grilling Steak in an Oven?

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The most common way to grill steak indoors is to sear it in a pan and finish it in the oven. To do this, you need to:

  • Preheat your oven to 400℉.
  • Take your skillet, place it over your stove top burner, and set the flame to high heat.
  • Pour in a couple teaspoons of canola oil and let it heat up until it starts to smoke.
  • Lay your steak at the center of the pan and sear it for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Flip the steak over once and sear it again for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Tip: A cast-iron pan is perfect for cooking steaks indoors because it helps give steak a great sear.

6. Can I Grill Steak on Just a Pan?

Yes, you can! It’s called pan-searing. Pan-searing a steak is similar to the method outlined in the previous question, minus the placing-in-the-oven part. Instead, you’ll be searing the steak on each side longer, for up to 3 to 4 minutes. You’ll also be basting the steak with the garlic and rosemary-infused butter for a little bit longer.

This method is best for meat cuts no more than an inch thick. For thicker steak cuts, it’s best to finish cooking them in the oven.

And remember, a real man will let the steak rest before you cutting and serving it!

7. What Do I Do After I Sear Both Sides of My Steak?

After searing both sides of the steak, add a tablespoon of butter, crushed clove of garlic, and a sprig of rosemary into the pan. Let the butter melt and baste the meat for about 2 minutes. Preheat your oven and in it, goes the skillet. Bake the steak to medium rare for 6 minutes.

I repeat, a real man will let the steak rest before cutting and serving it!

8. How Do I Grill Steak Kabobs?

Having your buds over for dinner? Serve ‘em some grilled steak kabobs! Go for top sirloin.

Below are the easy steps to make steak kabobs:

  • Cut the sirloin into one-inch cubes.
  • Skewer them together with vegetables like mushrooms and bell peppers.
  • Place them on a hot grill and cook them for 10 to 15 minutes per side.
  • Make sure to brush them with your favorite basting sauce each time you turn them.

9. What’s the Best Way to Grill Steak?

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If you want the half-assed truth, I can babble about how X is the best way to cook a steak. But I know you wouldn’t want that. Among outdoor grilling, pan-searing, and baking? The truth is it boils down to your personal preference.


Want to see a live demo of how to grill steak on a charcoal grill? Learn how to do it by watching this video from Kingsford:

Is that the sound of you getting ready to grill a steak? Go on experiment with your newfound steak-grilling knowledge. Be careful not to burn your beard. Wash it off with Wild Willies Beard Wash after cooking.

How do you cook your steak? Let us know in the comments section below.

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