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How to Cook Sirloin Steak

September 11, 2020
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Cooking steak is an art. With enough practice, you too can master this art. We recommend starting with one of the most popular cuts, sirloin. It’s considered by many to be a quality steak at a nice value.
We’ve put together all the information you need to help you learn how to cook a top sirloin steak, including ingredients and step-by-step recipes that you can follow with ease. Once you learn how to make a top sirloin steak, you can make for it friends and family anytime.

Ingredients For The Perfect Sirloin Steak

To cook a top sirloin steak, you don’t need a lot of ingredients. Less is more. You want any ingredients you do use to enhance the natural flavor of the meat. If you are starting to gather ingredients, consider the following:

  • Marinade: Some people choose to marinade their steak for an extended period before cooking. When using a marinade, decide what type you want to use. It may be an acid-based marinade, an enzyme-based marinade, and so on. Marinades make your top sirloin steak tender and juicy.
  • Oil: The meat you’re cooking usually has some fat that will help it cook. But adding oil to it ahead of cooking may make it tender. Two popular fats that people use for cooking sirloins are olive oil and butter.
  • Seasonings: This is an important ingredient. What seasonings you choose depends on your preference and what the meal is. Some people use only salt and pepper and call it a day. Others use complex rubs or a combination of spices.

How to Cook a Top Sirloin Steak: Step-by-Step

Now that you’ve got a better idea of what ingredients you’ll need for your steak, it’s time to start cooking. We’ll cover two main approaches: cooking on the grill or cooking on the stove. Both methods produce delicious results.

On the Grill

The grill is the most iconic way to cook a top sirloin steak. Picture a big backyard barbeque or a relaxing evening on the patio. If you have a grill, put it to use!

Step 1: Make Sure Your Steak is Thawed

If your steak is frozen, give it plenty of time to thaw. If your steak isn’t frozen, you can skip this step.

Step 2: Bring it Up to Room Temperature

If you’re cooking any type of meat, the general rule of thumb is to cook it at room temperature. Take your steak out of the fridge and leave it out for half an hour to 40 minutes.

Step 3: Season It

As your steak is coming up to the desired temperature, take advantage of the prep time. Go ahead and season it. This may include brushing it with butter or oil and adding whatever spices you want, allowing time for it to settle.

Step 4: Toss It on the Grill

Now that your steak is prepped, it’s time to toss it on the grill. This process will vary depending on what type of grill you’re using:
Charcoal Grill: Add the steak to the hottest area of the grill. Sear it for1-2 minutes on both sides. Move it to medium-hot coals and cook to the desired doneness, flipping halfway through.
Gas Grill: Add the steak to the grill. Sear it for 1-2 minutes on both sides. Reduce from high heat to medium heat and cook to the desired doneness, flipping halfway through.

Step 5: Take It off the Grill

Once your steak has reached your desired level of doneness, take out your steak meat thermometer. You want your steak to have an internal temperature of 130°F (for medium rare).

Step 6: Let It Rest

Once you take your steak off the grill, set it aside to rest for 5 minutes or so. After 5 minutes passes, cover it lightly with foil. As it rests, its temperature should rise to 135°F, the final desired temperature (for medium rare). Resting also allows the flavors to settle.

On the Stove

If you don’t have a grill, you can also cook your top sirloin steak on the stove on high heat. The pan seared method yields similar results and still tastes delicious.

Step 1: Make Sure Your Steak is Thawed

If your steak is frozen, give it enough time to thaw. If your steal isn’t frozen, you can skip this step.

Step 2: Bring it Up to Room Temperature

If you’re cooking any type of meat, you’ll usually want to cook it once it’s at room temperature. Take your steak out of the fridge and leave it out for half an hour to 40 minutes, which is plenty of time to get to room temperature.

Step 3: Season It

Before you cook your top sirloin steak, season it. This may include brushing it with butter or oil and adding whatever spices you want, allowing time for it to settle.

Step 4: Preheat the Skillet

Grab your favorite skillet. Make sure it is either a cast iron skillet or a non-stick skillet. Cast iron skillets are popular because of the flavor they add and retain. Put the skillet on a burner over medium heat. Usually, you don’t need to oil the pan first, but you can if you would like. Once the skillet is hot, it’s time to add your steak.

Step 5: Add It to the Pan

Once your skillet is hot enough, add your steak to the pan. You don’t need to add water or oil. Make sure not to overcrowd the servings if you are cooking more than one at once. Cook it to the desired doneness, taking care to flip it halfway through your cooking time.

Step 6: Remove It From the Skillet

Once your steak has reached your desired level of doneness, take out your meat thermometer. You want your pan seared steak to be 130°F (for medium rare). 

Step 7: Let It Rest

Once you take your steak off the pan set it aside to rest for 5 minutes or so. Cover it lightly with foil. As it rests for 5 minutes, its internal temperature should rise to 135°F (for medium rare), the final desired temperature. Resting for 5 minutes also allows the flavors to settle.

Cooking Times

How long you spend cooking will depend on the thickness of your cut. It will also depend on how cooked you want it. Levels of doneness include:

  • Rare
  • Medium rare
  • Medium
  • Medium well
  • Well-done

Medium is perhaps the most popular level. However, many people might also request medium rare or medium well. Cook time will also depend on your cooking method. Keep the following suggestions in mind:

Rare
1 inch:

  • On the grill: 8 to 11 minutes
  • On the stove: 11 to 13 minutes


1.5 inches:

  • On the grill: 11 to 14 minutes
  • On the stove: 13 to 15 minutes


Medium Rare:
1 inch:

  • On the grill: 9 to 12 minutes
  • On the stove: 12 to 14 minutes

1.5 inches

  • On the grill: 12 to 15 minutes
  • On the stove: 14 to 16 minutes


Medium:
1 inch:

  • On the grill: 10 to 13 minutes
  • On the stove: 13 to 15minutes

1.5 inches

  • On the grill: 13 to 16 minutes
  • On the stove: 15 to 17 minutes


Medium Well:
1 inch:

  • On the grill: 12 to 15 minutes
  • On the stove: 14 to 16 minutes

1.5inches

  • On the grill: 15 to 18 minutes
  • On the stove: 16 to 18 minutes

What to Serve with Your Top Sirloin Steak

Completing your top sirloin steak is just the beginning of an amazing meal. You’ll also need to consider what you want to serve alongside your main dish. If you need ideas for your sides, consider the following:

Food

  • Potatoes: Meat and potatoes are a classic combination. There are many ways to serve potatoes with your top sirloin steak. You might choose potato wedges, or you might like a robust baked potato. Another popular option is mashed potatoes with garlic and butter.
  • Salads: Add some greens to your plate with a fresh salad. Complete the salad with toppings you like and choose your favorite dressing.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Fresh roasted vegetables are another great side option. Next time you’re at the supermarket, grab whatever is in season. Cut your veggies up the way you like them and throw them in a pan with oil, salt, and pepper. If you make your next steak in the oven, oven sides are easy. Place the steak in the oven and then bring the vegetables in on another rack to join the party.

Drink

Now consider what you want to drink with your meal. The drink will complement your top sirloin steak.
If you drink alcohol, wine is a great option. A bold, red wine goes well with steak, especially:

  • Malbec
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • California Zinfandel


Beer is also a good, casual drink to consider. Looking for something stronger? Pour a nice bourbon.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve learned how to make a top sirloin steak, give it a try! Trust your instincts and your palette to guide you. Even if the first attempt at cooking steak doesn’t go as planned, remember that you can always try again.
Don’t be afraid to experiment to find the method that works best for you. Eventually, you’ll be cooking top sirloin steak like a pro.

    Blaine Hitzfield

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