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How to Cook Steak

15-Minute Steak
Delicious (rib eye) steak cooked in 15 minutes, served with roasted vegetables & steak sauce

Cooking steak is really fast and relatively easy. After all, you can’t cook the steak for too long or it will overcook and the meat will become tough. It is useful to learn to cook steak because it is cheaper and you have full control over the degree the steak is cooked (sometimes I order medium well done and I get well done or worse, overcooked). At home, whenever we crave for steak, I just heat up the griddle pan, season the steak with salt and pepper just before cooking, and grill it for a few minutes each side. This is easy gourmet meal in the comfort of your home, prepared in no time at all.

The cut I am using as shown in the photos is no fancy cut, in fact it is quite budget-priced which I bought at Cold Storage – the rib eye cut which usually cost around $8-$10 per piece. But the results are still decent. If you can afford it, go for more premium and thicker cuts of meat; you can definitely taste the difference.

15-Minute Steak
Grilled steak with Thai mango salad and baked potatoes

Tips for cooking steak
(compiled from VideoJug and Soy & Pepper)

Before Cooking:
– Season the steak with salt and pepper just before cooking. If you salt it earlier and leave it for a while, the salt will draw out the juices.
– Bring the steak to room temperature before cooking. If you kept the steak in the fridge, bring it out to rest at room temperature at least half an hour before cooking.
– You can use herbs such as rosemary or thyme to go with the steak if you like. You can also purchase bottled steak herbs mix.
– Use thick cuts of meat. Ideally, the steak should be at least 3/4 inch thick. Anything thinner than that will usually result in overcooked and tough meat.
– If you want beautiful grill marks on the steak, use a griddle pan. Otherwise, you can use a normal pan.
During Cooking:
– Heat up the pan till very hot before placing the steak on it. Then reduce the heat to medium high.
– When cooking, turn the steak over once using a pair of kitchen tongs. Do not keep flipping and turning the steak as it is cooking.
After Cooking:
– After cooking, let the steak “relax” for a few minutes in a plate before serving so that the juices will disperse throughout the steak and it will be juicy.

My steak cooking time reference

15-Minute Steak
Cooking steak on the hot griddle pan

This is based on my own observations. It may vary depending on the type of pan, the temperature and the cut used, so adjust accordingly for your own cooking.

– It does not matter how much the steak weigh, what matters is the thickness of the meat. The thicker it is, the more time needed to cook it.

– For 3/4 inch thick steak, I grill (each side) for about 2 minutes for medium rare; add 1 minute for medium, add 2 minutes for medium well done, and add 3 minutes for well done, subtract 1 minute for rare.

– Based on the above calculations, for each increase in steak thickness by 1/4 inch, add another half to one minute to the above timings.

15-Minute Steak

(Serves 1)

– 1 serving of steak (I’m using the ribeye cut here)
– olive oil
– sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
– herbs of your choice (optional)


1. Brush the steak with some oil and season with salt, pepper and herbs (optional) to taste just before cooking.
2. Heat the griddle pan on high heat till very hot. Place the steak onto the hot pan (you should hear a sizzling sound if the pan is hot enough) and reduce the heat to medium high.
3. Cook the meat based on the cooking times reference above. For example, for my steak which is 3/4 inch thick, I cook the meat on one side first for 3 minutes, then I flip over to the other side to cook for another 4 minutes. This is for medium.
4. Place the steak on a plate and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

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53 Responses to “How to Cook Steak”

  1. The Sudden Cook — March 24, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    Great tips – very ‘down to earth’ cooking – haha – most steak recipes I come across are all very fancy shmancy – anyways as for me must be ‘well-done’!


    • wiffy replied: — March 24th, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

      home cooking is lazy cooking, no fancy shmancy sauces or stuff ;) I don’t dare to order well done outside, because they always come overcooked hehe


  2. Samantha — March 24, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    Dear Wiffy,

    LOVE this easy recipe n the tips make alot of difference!! But forgive me asking a ‘silly’ question – do u rinse the steak and pat dry b4 u start the preparations? I never know with how hygienic Cold Storage is…

    Pls advise!



    • wiffy replied: — March 24th, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

      Hi Samantha, I do rinse it and pat dry b4 cooking. I guess it’s up to individual. I personally wash almost everything b4 cooking, even mushrooms which people say should just pat with wet towel, but I give them a quick rinse as well :p


      • Samantha replied: — March 24th, 2010 @ 5:20 pm

        Thanks Wiffy! U r always so prompt….n quite wonderful! I learn all my cooking from u!

  3. jo — March 24, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    This is how I do my steak as well. If the meat is a great cut and fresh, you wouldn’t want to be killing the “taste” with sauces and other stuff. Great recipe.


  4. anncoo — March 24, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

    Mmm…the rib eye steak looks tender and juicy. I always like my steak to cook at medium rare with black pepper like yours and best with onion soup.


    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 10:10 am

      oh my black pepper steak. definitely in my to-cook list :)


  5. xiaoyen — March 25, 2010 @ 12:31 am

    Thanks for the cooking tips. Your ribeye looks nicely done – medium rare just how my husband likes his.


  6. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes — March 25, 2010 @ 2:25 am

    Oh the steak does look great!! Perfectly cooked!


  7. Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog — March 25, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    The meat-man here is very satisfied tenderlicious :)

    Have a great week,



    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 10:10 am

      Yes Gera, a steak meal will make the carnivourous in us really happy :)


  8. Reeni — March 25, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Your steak is cooked perfectly – just the way I like it! Thanks for all the great tips Wiffy! :XO:


  9. Art and Appetite — March 25, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    I feel bad for being a vegetarian now (I’m only vegetarian for weight reasons). Heheh, now I just want to eat this! Thanks for sharing! The steak is perfectly done well.


    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 10:09 am

      hehe I made you craved for forbidden food ;) Thanks for your note.


  10. ippo456 — March 25, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Nice markings! I like using a normal pan or an iron cast pan. That way, after I remove the steak, I use the leftover juice to make sauce. With a griddle pan, it’s too shallow to make sauce.


    • wiffy replied: — March 26th, 2010 @ 10:08 am

      Yes, hard to make sauce on a griddle pan, though I’ve tried before, haha. Nowadays I do it sauceless, coz I’m too lazy and I want to see the grill marks hehe