The Ultimate Guide To Steak Cooking Times – How Long Does Preparing Steak Take?

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Once you get some skill, cooking steak is kind of easy…especially if you own a meat thermometer. Checking the inside temperature then becomes a breeze – adios over/under-cooked beef!

But let’s be honest.Meat thermometer is something that very few people would get themselves, even though it’s a great investment.

So while you are still deciding whether you should finally buy one (you should), I thought you will like these tables with steak cooking times.

Related: Ways To Check Steak Doneness Without Meat Thermometer


How Long Does It Take To Cook A Steak In..?

Now, below you will see 4 tables. Each of them is dedicated to a specific cooking method and its relative cooking times. Here they are:

  • Grilling
  • Broiling
  • Roasting at 400F
  • Pan-Searing/Frying

All of them take 2 things into account: thickness (in inches) and level of doneness. So they are really easy to use, once you know how thick the cut is and what doneness level you are looking for.

The numbers in the boxes are “minutes per side“. So, for example, if it says “5.5”, it means “5 and a half minutes per side” and then, after you flip, it’s another 5 minutes 30 seconds.

This is applies to every cooking method except for oven-roasting at 400F, where you won’t need to flip or turn the steak, so the numbers in the boxes are the total times.

Please also note that these cooking times are still estimates and you should probably consider them as reference points. But they are really good to start with!


Grilling Steak Times Estimates

Heat up the grill to high, bring the steak to room temperature and start grilling! The table below will help you cook your steak just how you like it.


Broiling Steak In Oven Time Estimates

Quite frequently conventional oven broiler is not powerful enough to quickly sear the steak, so you will need to be careful with it and keep it hot for as long as possible.

Tip: Try opening the oven door – this will help to run the broiler for longer!

Remember to put the steak ~3 inches away from the heating element.

Related: How To Broil Round Roast In Electric Oven



Cooking Times In Oven At 400F Degrees

Rather than a cooking method, we use baking as a way to finish steak after searing it on the stove. This is why the times listed below are not that long.

See how to sear steak on the stove and finish it in the oven for more details.

Related: Ways To Cook Steak In Oven



Steak Cooking Times In Pan/Skillet On Stove Top

Quick pan-searing is a great way to cook a juicy and already tender steak. Ideally it shouldn’t be cooked beyond medium-rare, using only this technique. Chances are – it will dry out and lose all its flavor with tenderness.

If you are looking for medium (and more) cooked meat, use the oven right after pan-searing to gradually finish your steak inside.

Related: Cooking A Juicy Buttery Steak On The Stove




I hope you found these steak cooking times handy!

Please let me know in the comments below, if I missed anything or you have a specific question. Any other queries are more than welcome too =).

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