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Learn How to Grill Perfect New York Strip Steaks

When it comes to preparing mouthwatering steaks, New York strip steaks are a fan favorite. Opting for a gas grill ensures that the steak is cooked to perfection, but you can also use a charcoal grill if desired.

Grilled NY Strip Steaks are the ideal dish to serve when hosting a laid-back outdoor gathering, particularly when paired with The Best Steak Marinade.

Countless readers have requested this recipe, and it's finally here! While Pan Seared Oven Roasted Strip Steak is another fantastic strip steak recipe using a cast iron skillet, this easy-to-follow gas grill version ensures juicy and tender steaks every time.

When it comes to grilling, nothing compares to the grill. It provides a fantastic char and smoky flavor that can only be achieved with high heat. If you're grilling a porterhouse or t-bone, a strip steak is the closest you can get to achieving that delicious taste.

The grilling technique for strip steaks is simple yet essential. If you have the time, it's best to let the steak rest to room temperature before grilling. Next, trim the excess fat and season the meat to your liking with salt, pepper, or other seasonings. Once seasoned, grill the strip steak over high heat until it reaches your desired internal temperature. Let's dive into the details.

👨‍🍳How to Grill a New York Strip Steak

Preparing your Grill

Before grilling your strip steak, prepare your grill for high heat. Whether you're using a gas or charcoal grill, it needs to be smoking hot to achieve that perfect char.

Even a small grill can cook a strip steak, but it may take a bit longer. As always, it's vital to cook to the final internal temperature and not solely rely on timing.

Picking the Best Strip Steaks

When choosing a strip steak, select a well-marbled, 1-inch thick steak that weighs between 10-12 ounces. Only select USDA prime or choice grade beef, as lesser quality grades will not deliver the same flavor and tenderness.

While a 3/4 inch strip steak can be excellent, it's best to keep a close eye on the internal temperature as it can be overcooked easily. If you're grilling a strip steak that's 1 1/2 inches thick or more, a different technique will be necessary.

Preparing the Strip Steak for the grill

It's essential to trim any excess fat from the steak as it can cause flare-ups and hot spots while cooking. Resting the steak to room temperature is also crucial, mainly if it's thicker than usual since it helps to achieve your desired internal temperature without overcooking the surface.

There's no need to oil the steak, and seasoning with salt, pepper, or other seasoning of choice is best applied approximately an hour before cooking. If using a seasoning mix that contains salt, it's essential to note that salt pulls water out of the meat, and it takes about an hour to reabsorb.

For those who prefer to tenderize their steak, using a marinade such as The Best Steak Marinade can be used. It also contains ingredients that will tenderize the meat.

Grilling your Strip Steak

Place the steak on the preheated grill with cleaned and oiled grates. Closing the lid is preferred as we want to cook at a high temperature. If you can't, it's possible to grill up to a 1-inch thick steak uncovered, but it makes it challenging to achieve your desired internal temperature.

We recommend flipping the steak every four to five minutes, but we like to rotate the steak by 90° halfway through grilling on each side to achieve those iconic grill marks.

⏰How Long to Grill

Grilling time will depend on various factors like the size and thickness of the meat, the exact temperature of the meat, the grill temperature at the start of cooking, how much heat the grill loses during flipping, and your desired final internal temperature. For accurate cooking, it's essential to have an instant-read meat thermometer.

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Here's an approximate guide for cooking times and temperatures:

  • DonenessInternal TemperatureApprox. Grill Time
  • Rare-cold red center125°-130°6-7
  • Medium Rare-warm red center130°-135°7-8
  • Medium-pink and firm140°-150°9-11
  • Medium-Well-minimal pink150°-155°12-14
  • Well Done-firm and brown160° 14

It's vital to note that these times are approximate and will vary according to the thickness, grill temperature, and resting time. Never cook by time alone, and always use a meat thermometer to ensure it reaches your desired internal temperature.

🐄What are New York Strip Steaks

Strip steaks are a cut of beef from the short loin area, located behind the rib area with the tenderloin. They come from the longissimus muscle that does very little work but contains enough fat to make it tender and flavorful.

The juicy and succulent New York strip steak is also commonly known as Kansas City strip steaks, strip loin steaks, or just strip steaks. Though some may call them by a different name, I will stick to New York strip or strip steaks.

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Interestingly, the strip steak is the larger part when compared to t-bone and porterhouse steaks, and the only difference between t-bone and porterhouse is the amount of beef tenderloin that they contain.

For those who love a hearty meal, a bone-in strip steak can be a delightful sight. It is similar to a porterhouse or t-bone steak, but without the filet part. However, you may have to wait a few minutes longer for it to cook as the bone absorbs some heat.

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To guarantee a tender and delectable strip steak, it is essential to check the USDA grade of beef. The higher the marbling, the better the grade, and it is recommended to purchase prime or choice grade only.

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To serve grilled steaks, it is advisable to let them rest off the heat for at least 5 to 10 minutes, which will allow fluid to reabsorb back into the meat cells, making them moist and tender.

One question that pops up often is whether steak sauce should be used on strip steaks. The answer is no, as good quality meat does not need it.

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When it comes to leftovers, a green salad with leftover strip steak is always a good idea. Alternatively, you could simply reheat and serve the same.

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To store leftovers, it is recommended to place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for 3-4 days or freeze them for 3-4 months.

If you are in the mood for some delicious steak recipes, do try the following:

  • - Pan Seared Oven Roasted Strip Steak
  • - How to Grill a T-bone or Porterhouse Steak - A Tutorial
  • - Pan Seared Oven Roasted Filet Mignon
  • - How to Grill a Filet Mignon on a Gas Grill
  • - The Best Steak Marinade
  • And if you enjoy this recipe, feel free to browse the categories for more similar recipes.
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For a step-by-step guide, rest the steaks at room temperature for an hour or at least 15 minutes. Trim the beef of any extra fat to prevent "flare-ups" that can burn your steak.

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Begin by generously seasoning your steak with a combination of coarse salt and pepper at the beginning of the resting period. However, if you forget, it's fine to apply the seasoning just before grilling. For optimal flavor, use coarse salt and pepper in a 7:2:2 ratio of kosher salt, pepper, and garlic.

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Preheat your grill to the highest temperature possible and ensure it is cleaned and oiled well. Avoid using olive oil due to its low smoke point.

Place the steak on the grill over direct heat and cover it with the lid. Let it grill for five minutes on one side, ensuring a perfect crust. For the classic criss-cross pattern, rotate the steak 90 degrees after the first 2 ½ minutes. Flip the steak at the 5-minute mark.

Grilling time depends on the thickness of the steak, as well as the grill’s heat, so never cook according to time. Always aim to reach the target internal temperature for your preferred doneness. If you prefer rare, grill for about three additional minutes, four minutes for medium-rare, and five minutes for medium.

Once you remove the steak from the grill, the residual heat will cause the internal temperature to rise by a few degrees, so make sure to stop grilling three to four degrees below your preferred temperature. Lightly cover it with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting into it.

Follow this tried and tested recipe by Dan Mikesell, also known as DrDan, and create the most succulent and tender New York strip steak on your grill. Don’t forget to rate the recipe before printing it or saving it to your Pinterest board.

If you're wondering how to perfectly cook your strip steak on a gas grill, look no further. We'll guide you step-by-step through the process to ensure a mouth-watering result with every attempt.

Begin by letting your steaks rest at room temperature for up to an hour. But if you're in a rush, 15 minutes will suffice. While you wait, get rid of any excess fat to reduce the risk of your steak burning due to flare-ups. Season your steak with coarse salt and pepper, preferably at the start of the resting period, so the salt can absorb into the meat and add the perfect amount of flavor.

Preheat your grill to its maximum temperature, but don't use olive oil to brush it, as it has a low smoke point. Instead, opt for a higher smoke point oil. Place your steaks on the grill directly above the heat and close the lid. Grill the first side for five minutes, and if you want to add grill marks, rotate the meat 90 degrees after 2 ½ minutes. Flip the steak and go for another three minutes for rare, four minutes for medium-rare, and five minutes for medium. However, don't rely on time solely; it's essential to reach the correct internal temperature based on your preference.

During the post-cooking relaxation time, your steak will still cook for another few degrees, so subtract 3 to 4 degrees from your desired temperature and cook to that point. Cover it with foil for a few minutes before serving, and voila! You have deliciously grilled strip steak your guests will love.

For a better understanding, check out the step-by-step photos in the post. You can also use this method on any grill, whether it's gas or charcoal. If your steak is thicker than one inch, you'll have to adjust the cooking process to perfection. Lastly, don't forget to season to your liking, and skip the steak sauce as your perfectly cooked strip steak will speak for itself.

Adjusting the number of servings for this recipe is simple- just navigate to the "servings" section of the recipe card. This function takes care of the ingredient calculations for you, but please note that it does not update the instructional text. That task remains your responsibility.

Learn how to expertly grill strip steak on a gas grill with only 317.5 calories and 192 calories from fat- calculated using the percent daily values on a 2000 calorie diet. Serving size is estimated as the standard unless specified otherwise. Please note that given the nature of home cooking, nutritional information is an estimate and may vary from personal results. My approximation for ingredient seasoning, such as salt, is based on average usage. Copyright laws protect all content and photographs belonging to 101 Cooking for Two, LLC and vendors associated with it. Sharing our recipes is appreciated, but copying, pasting, or duplicating full recipes on any social media, website, or electronic/printed media is strictly prohibited.

Originally published on February 8, 2016, this updated version provides expanded options, refreshed photos, and a navigable table of contents for enhanced reader experience.

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