How To Properly Cook a Sirloin Steak

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Sirloin steak is one of the most popular and versatile cuts of steak. It is known to be one of the best, and comes from the same section of the cow as the filet mignon. There are many different ways to cook it, and each one should be delicious when done right. Here are a few ways to cook a sirloin steak:

  1. Marinating. No matter which cooking method you want to use, consider marinating the sirloin steak. A marinade can add flavor and tenderize the meat. It is a great way to ensure a flavorful steak. Soak your sirloin steak in the marinade in your refrigerator beginning anywhere from 2 to 24 hours before cooking. Marinades can include a wide range of flavors, including vinegar, lemon juice, wine, soy sauce, teriyaki, or oils. Although it is used to tenderize some cuts of beef, sirloin steak is already so tender that marinating is not necessary for this purpose.
  2. Barbecuing. Grilling is by far the most popular way to cook a sirloin steak. First, get the grill very hot, and sear the steak on both sides until grill lines show up on the surface. Then lower the grill temperature and continue cooking. Use a meat thermometer to check for desired doneness, and ensure that the meat is fully cooked. 120 degrees is rare, and 145 is medium. It will usually take about ten minutes to cook a sirloin steak on the barbecue.
  3. Cook in a pan. Pan fried steaks are cooked in a pan on your stove-top. No oil is usually needed; the steak should cook in its own fats and juices, although you can add a small amount of oil to the pan. This is best for a relatively thin sirloin steak. Do not cover the pan. Do not crowd the pan, and turn the steaks once.
  4. Cook in the oven. Although many people think that cooking a sirloin steak in the oven will ruin it, it is actually possible to cook a delicious steak this way. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place the steak on a grilling rack, which works similarly to a barbecue grill in allowing the juices to run off. Cook for about 8-10 minutes for medium doneness, or adjust the cooking time for rare or well-done steaks. Again, use a meat thermometer to check doneness.
  5. Broiling a sirloin steak. Broiling also uses your oven to cook the steak. It will take about 2-3 minutes per side. Use the broiler setting on your oven. Preheat and then place the sirloin steak on a broiler pan. The pan should be placed on the top rack of your oven, about 3 inches from the broiler heat. Turn the steaks once during cooking. Control the cooking not by changing the temperature but by adjusting the oven rack’s distance from the broiler.
  6. Stir frying. Any cut of steak can be used for stir frying. Cut it into thin, uniform strips. Lightly oil a pan, and use very high heat. Continuously toss the steak as it cooks. Cook the meat and vegetables or noodles separately, and then combine.
  7. Wait. No matter what method you choose, wait 5 minutes between the end of the cooking process and slicing into your steak. This gives time for the juices to settle so that they don’t run out onto your plate the second you start cutting into your steak.

Sirloin steak is a delicious and surprisingly versatile cut of meat. If you don’t have a barbecue available, there are many other ways to cook sirloin steak. Cooking sirloin steak is easy and relatively fast.


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