Is there anything better than a perfectly seared steak? A nice, brown crust from the outside, moist tenderness from the inside – that pure meat flavor? Grilling the perfect steak is not difficult if you consider some basics. Otto knows steak and how to grill steak. We even have a video of perfectly cut steak below. Here’s Otto’s checklist for the perfect steak.

1. What to look for when buying meat for the perfect steak

No matter whether you buy your meat from your local butcher, a farmer’s market or a supermarket, there are a few things to consider.

  • The right temperature: Temperature is crucial and meat should always be stored in a cooled environment (even at a farmer’s market). On warm days, you can use insulated shopping bags to keep your meat cool or make sure to purchase your meat last.
  • Looks matter: Meat should look moist but not swim in its own meat juices. If that is the case, the meat might have been on the shelf for too long. Regarding color, brownish meat is on its way to spoiling; meat with a slight greenish sheen has gone off. Generally, we advise you to buy your meat at your local butcher.
  • Fat gives flavor: white streaks within the meat are an indication of marbling. Marbling is made of fat and gives flavor to the meat. It should not to be confused with gristle – that’s another story.
  • Quality: Meat can be expensive, especially the good stuff. But when you buy meat, don’t you want the best? You can taste it in the quality. Grass-fed organic meat will top the charts every time.

2. Salting abundantly

Before grilling your steak, you should season it with salt, a lot of it. Ideally, salting steak should be done at least 40 minutes before grilling.

3. Dry off the meat before grilling the perfect steak

Wet meat will steam on the grill instead of building an even crust. Therefore, we recommend tapping the meat dry with a bit of paper towel before putting it on the grill.

4. Temperature matters

Well, this one is obvious. To sear your steak properly you need real heat so the Maillard reaction can trigger a nice crust on the surface of the steak. This is no problem with the Otto Grill. Heat up the grill for a few minutes at full temperature before you start grilling your steak.

5. Always use a clean grill grate

Charred bits of the last grilling session on your steak… not very appetizing, is it? In order to avoid this, we advise to clean your grill grate after every use so that you can place your steak on a clean grill grate every time.

6. Check the temperature

To cook your meat to a desired result, you should probably always use a meat thermometer. It enables you to grill the perfect steak every time.  A thermometer is more acurate but you can always use this easy hand trick to determine the degree of doneness with your fingers.

Grilling the perfect steak: infografic degrees of doneness

7. Rest meat post-grill

Resting meat is a vital part of achieving the perfect steak as it allows the moisture to redistribute throughout the meat evenly after grilling. We recommend letting your steak rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting it. Bigger cuts can rest even longer.

8. Cutting meat against the grain

When cutting steak into slices, try cutting it against the fibers. This will make the slices particularly tender.

Cutting meat the right way.