How to Cook Top Sirloin Steak


Top sirloin steak has just the right marbling of fat to create a melt-in-your-mouth, crowd-pleasing flavor. These boneless cuts are usually very affordable and large enough to feed a family. Best of all, they are adaptable to a variety of cooking methods. Read on to learn how to select top sirloin, and prepare it using four popular methods: pan-frying, grilling, broiling, and roasting.

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Preparing to Cook Top Sirloin Steak

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Choose a cut that's large enough for your meal. Plan to serve 1/4 to 1/2 pound per of steak per person. Choose steaks that are at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick, and preferably 2 inches (5.1 cm). Thinner steaks will dry out easily when you cook them. Fresh sirloin steak is deep red in color, with a generous marbling of fat. This marbling is what makes steak succulent.[1] There should be a band of white fat around the outside of the steak.

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If there's a lot of blood, thoroughly pat the steak dry using paper towels, then dispose of the paper towels immediately and wash your hands. Contrary to popular belief, you should not rinse raw beef to wash it. Rinsing raw beef and other raw meats can actually cause bacteria to spread to other foods and surfaces.[2]

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Good steak doesn't require much seasoning. Salt and pepper sprinkled liberally on both sides is sufficient. Add garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder, or Italian spices for variations.

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Top sirloin steak is a great meat to marinate, since it pairs well with many flavors. Choose your favorite marinade from the store, or mix up your own with equal parts oil, vinegar and spices. Place the steak in a sealable plastic bag and add the marinade. Seal the bag and allow the steak to marinate for 2 to 4 hours. Exact marinating times vary depending on the type and size of the meat. For thick steaks, opt for the full 4 hours when possible.[3] When you're ready to cook the steak, remove it from the bag, pat it dry with paper towels, and proceed to the next step.

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Cooking a cold steak will make it more difficult to achieve the "doneness" you desire. Room temperature steaks are easier to bring to rare, medium rare, medium well, and well done specifications.[4]

Part 2
Pan-Frying Top Sirloin Steak

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Use a plastic cutting surface to avoid contaminating a wooden cutting board.

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Put a teaspoon or two of cooking oil in the pan and allow it to get smoking hot.

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Let them cook on one side for 15 seconds, then turn them to the other side using a pair of tongs. They should form a thick, crunchy crust on both sides. Don't turn the steaks until they've seared; moving them too soon will prevent the crust from forming. Don't crowd the steaks in the pan. If necessary, cook the steaks in more than one batch.

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For rare steaks, cook for a total of 1 1/2 minutes on each side. For medium rare steaks, cook for a total of 2 minutes on each side. For medium well steaks, cook for a total of 2 1/2 minutes on each side. For well done steaks, cook for 3 or more minutes on each side.

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This allows the juices to distribute through the steak.

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Part 3
Grilling Top Sirloin Steak

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Use a plastic cutting surface to avoid contaminating a wooden cutting board.

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Brush the grill with cooking oil, and preheat it to a medium high temperature. Allow the grill to get thoroughly heated. Take care not to let the grill get too hot, or you'll end up with charred steak that's raw on the inside.

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Cook it for for approximately 4 minutes on the first side. Use tongs to flip them over after the first side has grill marks and has formed a brown crust. Grill the other side for an additional 4 minutes.

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Part 4
Broiling Top Sirloin Steak

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Set the seasoned steak inside.

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The meat surface should be approximately 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) from the flames.

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Remove the pan from the oven, flip the steak to the uncooked side, and place it back in the oven to cook another 5 to 6 minutes.

Part 5
Roasting Top Sirloin Steak

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Cook the steak, uncovered, for 40 or 50 minutes.

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