How to Cook a New York Strip Steak

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How to Cook a New York Strip Steak - Stove or Grill

There's nothing like knowing how to cook a New York Strip Steak in your very own home. This steak, one of America's favorites, tempts with its sizzling crust flavored with your choice of seasonings and its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. Think you can only get a perfect steak like this at a top steakhouse restaurant? Not so. These simple Instructions for cooking your own New York Strip steak at home will help you prepare an excellent meal. Cooking the perfect New York Strip Steak is easier than you think!

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For years, I routinely traveled the country as part of my job. This often involved eating at some of the country's best restaurants and steakhouses. My husband and I even have a favorite out-of-state steakhouse we always visit on our anniversary (partly because the steak is the best and partly because I've never had better whipped sweet potatoes anywhere else! MGM Las Vegas Craftsteak). Pick any popular steakhouse in the United States and I've probably eaten its steak. There was always one, tiny flaw with this travel perq - I sometimes (most of the time) really wanted these same steak experiences in my own home with my own family. I like the people with whom I do business, but I LOVE my family. I really didn't think I was asking too much in figuring out a way to be able to prepare an awesome steak myself. So, after some trial and error and a lot of research, I am finally able to confidently deliver a great steak at home. Now, I've gathered that information in one place so you, too, can know how to cook a New York Strip steak yourself.

So get ready for one mouth-watering piece of meat....plan a party - or just an intimate dinner for two. It's time for you to master one, great steak.

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Start with the Best Cut of Meat

Understanding USDA grades will help you pick the best steak

Your first task is to pick the best possible cut of New York Strip Steak you can afford. The United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, grades meat based on its age and degree of marbling - the white fat found in beef. The younger and more marbled the beef, the better its flavor and texture. Prime, Choice, and Select are the meet cuts available to the general consumer with Prime being the best cut of meat.

Shop carefully. Not all grocery stores carry USDA Prime beef. Look for the actual title of "USDA Prime" and not a lower USDA grade disguised with a brand name. If you can't find Prime at your grocery store, try a local butcher or purchase from a reputable online source. You can get some of the best cuts of meet online and have them delivered to your door often at a discount to your local options.

Look for a New York Strip steak that is at least 1 1/2 inches thick. Steaks thinner than 1 1/2 inches will dry out more easily.

While Choice and Select grade meat can be prepared nicely at home, do not expect them to have quite the same flavor and bite as a steakhouse steak. Knowing how meat is graded, however, can help you find the best cut of these grades. Look for those with the most marbling and test the meat's age by pressing it gently with your finger. The younger the beef, the more tender it will be when pressed.

A strip steak comes from the cut of meat called the short loin, situated next to the tenderloin and top sirloin cuts. It is naturally tender and goes by many names including a Kansas City Strip Steak, strip steak, and shell steak.

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How to Pick a New York Strip Steak

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Prepare Your New York Strip Steak

Simple Seasoning

It doesn't get any simpler than this:

Pull the steaks out of the refrigerator and let them sit on a clean plate or pan for an hour before grilling. An even meat temperature will make for more even cooking.

When the hour is up, rub the New York Strip Steak with cooking oil (do not spray cooking oil on your grill) and follow with salt (kosher is best) and pepper (fresh, cracked). Do not put the seasonings on before the coating of cooking oil as it is believed salt will draw moisture out of the meat. For even more flavor, make a steak rub recipe using your own spices.

A marinade can also be used to add unique character to a steak. I've included some marinade directions and recipes further down this page. If you use a marinade, you should remove the steak from the marinade before letting it come to room temperature. When your steak hits the cooking surface, it will cook more evenly if it is dry.

For the best steak dry rub straight out of a Chicago steakhouse you can buy CharCrust - Seals in the Juices. Their hickory rub is legendary!

How to Cook a New York Strip Steak on the Stove or on a Grill

Grill or stove top directions:

At this point, your meat should be room temperature. When the meat hits the cooking surface, it will sear more easily and more evenly if the meat is not wet.

How to cook a New York Strip Steak on the barbeque:
Pre-heat your barbeque on high for at least 15 minutes. High heat - 500-600 degrees - is important for searing the outside of the steak. Place your steak on the grill, wait 5 minutes and flip the steak. You are looking for the outside to become very dark in color, but not charred. Once both sides are seared, move the steak to a surface of the grill that is not as hot as the main cooking surface and continue to grill at this lower temperature for another couple of minutes. If you have a lid on your grill, you can close the lid and shorten the time per side to 4 minutes for the searing process. Do not flip more than once. If you want nice grill cross-marks on your New York Strip steak, make a 1/4 turn half way through the cooking time for each side. Remove the steak from the grill, place a half of a tablespoon of butter on each steak and let sit for 5 minutes.

How to cook a New York Strip Steak on the stove top:
Use a Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Grill Pan, pre-heat on medium-high for 15 minutes and follow the same instructions as for the grill. You can cover the pan to simulate the effects of a barbeque lid.

If your steak is thicker than 1 inch, you may want to continue cooking it in an oven set at 400 degrees for another 5-10 minutes per side. This is where feeling the meat to sense whether the meat is still rare, medium or well-done is critical. The thickness of your steak plays a significant role here. Press on the steak to determine if it is rare, medium, or well-done. The firmer the meat, the more "done" the steak. Rare will be slightly more firm than when the meat was raw, medium will feel like pressing on the center of your palm, and well-done will feel like pressing on the harder, less fatty parts of your hand.

Using the grill pan will give you a great outer crust but letting the meat continue to cook in the oven is what will finish the New York Strip Steak to your desired expectations. I usually use steaks that are about 1 1/2 inches thick. I like my steak rare so I finish mine in the oven for 5 minutes per side. My husband likes his well done so I leave his in longer.

Why a Cast Iron Grill Pan? The grill pan has a ribbed bottom to provide a grill-like cooking environment. Cast iron is a solid, heat-conducting element. Both characteristics are critical when you cook a New York Strip steak on the stove top to ensure even cooking as heat is distributed more easily and thoroughly.

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Referred to by readers as "The Meat Bible", topics cover cuts of meat, how to choose the best meats, and how to cook different cuts of meat for the best flavor.

It covers beef, pork, veal and lamb and includes a seasoning chart, as well.

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Grill Your New York Strip Steak Outside

Portable, Tabletop Outdoor Grill

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Best Steak Knives

Best Steak KnivesThe one thing I was missing even after I figured out how to cook a New York strip steak? A good set of steak knives.

The J.A. Henckels International Stainless Steel 8-Piece Steak Knife Set is highly rated by consumers. The knives are one-piece construction made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and come with a lifetime guarantee.

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Steak Rub Recipe

How to dry rub steak

A steak rub is like a marinade with no liquid. It's all seasoning and makes a nice, flavorful crust on your steak. Considering the natural tenderness of a New York Strip steak, dry rubs are a favorite way to add some unique tastes to your steak without overpowering its own natural flavor.

A steak rub recipe is a combination of seasonings which are then literally rubbed onto the steak before putting it on the grill or in the pan. To dry rub steak, make a steak rub recipe from the list below, coat your New York Strip steak with a light coat of cooking oil, and then rub a good amount of the steak rub recipe over both sides of the steak. Apply enough of the steak rub recipe to cover all of the meat but not so thick you can no longer see the meat at all. Remember, you're going to bite through this to get to the steak. You want a little seasoning with your steak, not a little steak with your seasoning.

Super simple Steak Rub Recipe

1/4 cup kosher salt
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced

Peppercorn Steak Rub Recipe

1/4 cup black crushed, fresh peppercorns
3 tablesoons Lime Pepper seasoning

Pepper and Parsley Steak Rub Recipe

1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Sweet and Spicy Dry Rub Recipe

1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dark chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dry Mexican oregano
1 tablespoon dry thyme
1 tablespoon dry sweet basil
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons granulated garlic

UPDATE Feb 27, 2011: The folks from Char Crust stopped by to share the following information -

"Thanks so much calling our dry rub seasoning, Char Crust® "the best steak rub"! As you mentioned, it did originate in our family's Chicago steakhouse in 1957, and we still manufacture everything ourselves.

BTW, I followed your link to Carolina Sauce Company and noticed that they have some incorrect info on our ingredients. We no longer use hydrolyzed soy and corn protein, and our first ingredient is roasted garlic, then wheat, spices, salt, sugar, etc. The garlic and spices combined make up most of this rub. You can visit our site for recipes and more."

How Long to Marinate Steak?

Marinades add great flavor

The best cuts of New York Strip don't need any marinade at all, if cooked properly. However, you might want to do something different for a dinner party or a special night. While you can get away with marinading your steak for an hour, your meat has a better chance of soaking up the unique flavors of your marinade if it has a chance to sit for at least three hours. In fact, If you are using a beer marinade, a recent scientific study suggests there is a health benefit if you marinate your steak for six hours.

Easy Steak Marinades

Beer and Red Wine Marinade Recipes

You might want to know how to cook a New York Strip Steak while adding your own signature taste. Marinade is a liquid seasoning in which you soak your steak to add additional flavors. Marinades are best made with some sort of acidic liquid and any variety of optional seasonings. You may want to try a marinade rather than the simple seasoning described above.

Better yet - come up with your own recipe, perfect it over time, and use it as a favorite you serve any time you entertain. Your friends will start drooling as soon as they see an invitation from you for an upcoming party.

Beer and Red Wine Vinegar

12 ounces of your favorite beer
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic - (peel and crush)
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Beer and Lime

12 oz. of a full and rich flavored beer
Juice from 3, fresh limes
1 shallot bulb, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt

Beer and Soy Sauce

12 oz beer (lager style)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 T coarse ground Dijon mustard
2 T minced garlic
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 T freshly ground pepper
1 t salt

Thyme and Wine/Beer

1/4 cup beer or wine or beef broth
1 Tbs. lemon juice or wine vinegar
1 tsp. dijon-type mustard
fresh-ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried herbs, thyme
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. honey or brown sugar
dash of hot sauce (optional)
1 clove garlic, halved

Red Wine and Vinegar

1 c. dry red wine
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 tsp. oregano
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 c. soy sauce
1/2 c. Italian dressing

Red Wine and Mustard

1/4 c. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp Dijon style mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp. coarse ground black pepper


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Now that you know how to cook a New York Strip Steak, dress it up or go casual. Provide warm bread, a green salad, and a heaping baked potato with all the trimmings for a true feast or add steamed vegetables in a variety of colors for an appealing look. Throw in a little shell fish for a surf-n-turf meal your guests will never forget.

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I'd love to hear how your New York Strip Steak turns out and don't hesitate to share your favorite marinades and rubs!

  • One of the few things from New York that a Bostonian can truly love.
  • This sounds delicious. well done.
  • Thanks for the great info...
  • Here is the science. See, I just have to clear up a wide-spread misunderstanding about salt. Using salt is an EXCELLENT ides IF it is used about 20 minutes before the meat is cooked. Salt does indeed draw moisture out, and it does it pretty quickly. If it's cook right away, the meat is not as juicy. But, if the steak or other meat is allowed to rest for 20 minutes or so, the moisture is absorbed back into the meat! The salt "opens" the flavors, and the moisture is returned! Just sayin' - lol
  • Thanks, Carl - good to know! We were planning on doing steaks this weekend so I'll have to give it a try. Much appreciated!
  • One more tip I learned while researching. A study proved that contrary to what seems intuitive (searing one side, then the other), flipping a steak every 30 seconds causes a more even heating and produces a more juicy steak. It's REALLY HARD to actually do that; it is for me anyway, so I usually go for a minute, then filp 'em. A fast-read digital thermometer will make anyone a God or Goddess of the Grill...and there really is a reason for "resting" (covered) a steak for a few minutes before digging in. I do love awesome food. (and this time I'll proofread - lol)
  • New York Strip is the BEST! I enjoy grilling it myself. My directions are pretty much the same as yours.
  • Erica, I love steak. In fact I also love game meat such as Kangaroos and Water Buffalo. Your lens just made my mouth water lol.
  • As you mentioned, in order for a dish to taste the best, one must start with the best ingredients. For steaks, it's been my experience that "grass-fed" slays the competition. In fact, the meat from delicious grass fed buffalo/bison, beefalo and beef (in that order) have fats that are in a completely different configuration from "regular" beef (what we call chemical steaks) and may even be considered health food! They cook much faster, have less shrinkage and the health benefits far outweigh what seems like an additional cost. YUM!
  • When i can eventually fly as far as NEW York this is going to be the first meal i have, i love steak and this strip Steak has made my mouth water ! Tasty !
  • Never even heard of NY strip steak before, it's on my list of 'to eat' now however. :-)
  • Mmmm! Love the sound of some of those rubs. I prefer a rub to a marinade as sometimes a marinade can take away the steakiness flavour.
  • I love the word "steakiness"! Very cute. ;)
  • Just bought a cast iron grill. Now I have the dry rub recipe for my steak. I can't wait to combine the two. Thanks for this lense.,
  • You made me hungry. Nothing like a grilled N.Y. sirloin medium with a Sweet Potato - Green Beans and a cold beverage.
  • Beautiful lens! And very mouthwatering!
  • I had a delicious New York Strip Steak with sauteed onions many years ago in a Chicago restaurant.
  • So this is how they do those signature steaks. This meal looks like 5 star material
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