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How to Cook T-Bone Steak Correctly: The Simple & Tasty Way

December 30, 2020

If you don’t cook steak a lot, trying your hand at serving a perfect t-bone cut is intimidating. There’s a lot of pressure to do right by this tasty cut of meat, as it’s considered one of the best steaks among foodies. 

To make things more confusing, everyone has a different opinion on the best way to cook t-bone steaks. A quick Google search reveals hundreds of recommendations for cooking methods, seasonings, etc. It’s overwhelming, to say the least. 

That’s why we’re here to help you make the best t-bone steak! Read on for a complete t-bone steak recipe guide so you receive endless praise the next time you host a BBQ.

Ingredients for The Perfect T-Bone Steak

To make the perfect t-bone steak, you’ll need to get the right ingredients. Here are some items to add to your shopping list:

T-Bone Steaks

Of course, you’ll need some t-bone steaks. You must buy high-quality cuts of meat. Even if you cook it perfectly, subpar meat won’t taste good.

You can assure our grassfed meats:

  • Are firm and bright red
  • Have an even distribution of fat (the thin white lines known as marbling)
  • Have a thickness of around one inch or so

Avoid cuts that are soft or have a darker color. This will ensure you pick cuts that are juicy, tender, and full of flavor.

Other tips for choosing the right cuts include:

  • Checking the expiration date
  • Verifying that the packaging is intact

How Many Steaks Should You Get?

Typically speaking, one t-bone steak should be enough for one person. If the cut is particularly large, it might be enough for two people.

We know offer “mini-bundles” to help you get the most value for you food dollar.


Some people marinate t-bone steaks with olive oil and other ingredients. However, marinating is more appropriate for tougher cuts like a sirloin tip. Because t-bone steaks are tender, simple seasonings are enough.

Salt and pepper are musts when it comes to seasoning your steak. For optimal flavor, be sure to use coarse-grained Kosher salt (not regular table salt) and freshly ground black pepper.

You really don’t need to use other seasonings. The simple salt and pepper combo will allow the steak’s natural flavor to come through. But, if you want to make things interesting, feel free to experiment with other seasonings like:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Paprika
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground mustard
  • Dried thyme
  • Brown sugar

Additional Ingredients

For our recipe, you will also need butter or olive oil.

Other Equipment

For the cooking method we describe, you’ll need other pieces of equipment, including:

  • Designated plates for raw and cooked meat
  • Bowls for seasonings/butter
  • Heavy skillet
  • Tongs
  • Meat thermometer 
  • Knife to check doneness

How To Cook T-Bone Steak: Step-By-Step

You should have all of your ingredients and equipment. But, before you do any cooking, you’ll want to prep your cuts.

1. Prep

How you prep your cuts depends on whether or not they are frozen:

If your Steaks are Still Frozen

Make sure to fully thaw your cuts before cooking them because this ensures they cook evenly.

The best way to thaw cuts is by putting them in the fridge at least 24 hours before cooking. If you didn’t plan this far ahead, you can use other defrosting methods like:

  • Cold-water defrosting. If the meat is in its original packaging, you can use the cold-water defrosting method. Submerge the package in a large bowl of cold water. The meat should thaw out in an hour or two. Be sure to periodically add fresh water. 
  • Microwaving. Microwaving isn’t the tastiest method. However, it is fast and safe. Defrost the cuts according to your microwave’s instructions. Pay close attention as you don’t want to end up cooking the meat.
Kim Hitzfield

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