How to Broil Steak

This post is sponsored by Panorama Meats. As always, all opinions, thoughts and recipes are my own.

Ever wanted to learn how to make a fancy steak dinner at home without a grill? Learning how to broil steak in the oven is easier than you think and makes for a delicious meal, whether you’re having at-home date night or hosting friends. Makes 2 Panorama Organic Grass Fed Top Sirloin Steaks (with the option to add more.)

Two plates holding broiled top sirloin steaks and sides are served, shown from above

It’s getting colder in Texas, and I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not want to be spending time outside if I don’t have to. (Is my Southernness showing with this statement? I think it is, but I won’t take it back.)

Which is why a few years back, I learned how to BROIL STEAK in the oven because I could not be bothered to bundle up, go outside and fire up the grill and grill a nice steak.

So today, I’m going to be dropping some knowledge about what to do (and what not to do) so that you can broil steak in your oven, too.

Whether or not it’s freezing cold where you live, this is a great skill to have in your back pocket. We use it for at-home date nights, as well as homegating (you know, tailgating at home) and “fancy” dinner parties with friends, too.

Have you seen the other recipes I’ve made using Panorama Meats products?: Beef Taco Pasta Salad | Grilled Steak Flatbread Pizza | Homemade Loaded Queso | Texas Chili (without beans!) | Ground Beef Meat Pies | French Onion Steak Pasta

Looking for a side dish that’s perfect along side this broiled steak? Check out my Side Dishes recipe index for inspiration!

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Close up of a package of Panorama Top Sirloin Steaks, still in the packaging

Why I’m Using A Panorama Top Sirloin Steak In This Recipe:

As someone who has lived in Texas for years, I have a thing about steaks and date nights and just savoring their deliciousness.

The Top Sirloin is a perfect candidate for broiling in the oven because it’s juicy and versatile. It can take the heat, and it can stand on its own, too.

The Panorama Meats Top Sirloin Steak is something special, and it makes this recipe akin to that at a fancy steakhouse, but at home! (And as someone who has small kids who likes a good date night, but rarely gets out, this makes me so incredibly happy.)

Now, it should come as no surprise that I love Panorama Meats and all their products I’ve gotten my hands on. Every cut of meat I’ve tried has been incredibly flavorful and juicy, and my family ADORES it, too!

Not only are the cattle—which are all born and raised in the USA by family ranchers—100% grass-fed and grass-finished (which means they live in a pasture and eating grasses, legumes and range forage for the duration of their lives), but the company has incredibly high standards, too.

Panorama is Global Animal Partnership Animal Welfare Rated Step 4, as well as Certified Organic by CCOF. They also have a Paleo and Whole30 stamp of approval, too.

You can find Panorama Meats at your local Whole Foods Market. They’re sold in 120 stores throughout Northern California, the Pacific Northwest, Florida and the Southwest, including Texas. They’re also sold at Brookshire Brothers in Texas.

Have you tried Panorama Meats products yet?

Steak, in its Panorama packaging, with salt and pepper

What you’ll need to make Broiled Steak

  • Two 5 oz. Panorama Top Sirloin Steaks
  • Small baking sheet with a rim (like a jelly roll pan)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tongs
  • Instant read meat thermometer
Steaks are shown on a baking pan under the broiler

How to broil steak in the oven

Preheat the oven and season the steaks

First and foremost, move the top rack of the oven to be about 4-6” away from the broiler. (You want the top of the steak to be at least 2-3″ away from the broiler.)

And then fire up the broiler! Every oven is different, but mine tells me it heats up to 550°F, so just know that you want your oven screaming hot to accomplish this cooking.

Next, line a sheet pan with sides with a piece of aluminum foil. While this isn’t 100% necessary for the cooking process, I find it makes the clean up significantly easier. Set this aside for a moment.

After that, you’ll take the Panorama Meats Top Sirloin Steaks out of their packaging. Pat them dry with a paper towel so there’s not any extra moisture. (Extra moisture will cause smoke!)

Season the steaks with salt and pepper. As a rule of thumb, I use 1 teaspoon of salt per pound of steak. These Top Sirloins are 5 oz. a piece, so use a little less than ½ teaspoon of salt on each, making sure to season all sides. Crack some black pepper on top of the steak, too.

Collage of two images of the steaks, after the first broiling

Broil the steak

When the steak has been seasoned and the broiler is going, place your steaks on the prepared baking sheet, and transfer it into the oven.

Broil the steaks for 4 minutes, then remove them from the oven. Flip the steaks using your tongs, and transfer it back to the oven to broil for another 3 minutes.

Once it’s cooked for a total of 7 minutes, use your instant read meat thermometer to take the steaks’ temperature. To do this, stick the thermometer’s tip into the middle of the thickest steak, careful not to push through to the other side of the steak, and let it calculate the internal temperature. Don’t do this by eye—let technology help you!

When the temperature is within 5 degrees of the final temp you desire, remove it from the oven, and transfer the steaks to a plate. Cover it with a piece of foil, and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

The steaks will continue to cook after it comes out of the oven, which is why you should remove it when it’s within 5 degrees of your desired temperature. And we transfer it to a plate so that the cooking process slows down. (If they stay on the hot pan that’s been under the broiler, they might overcook. I learned this lesson the hard way, folks, so don’t do this.)

After the steaks have rested for 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute, place it on a cutting board and slice thin.

Serve with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy immediately!

Two image collage of steak temperature being taken and the steaks resting on a plate beneath foil

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips and Tricks

Broiled Steaks are one of my favorite dishes to serve to friends for a fancier “dinner party” situation because they’re incredibly easy to make. The only problem with them—and it’s not really a problem—is that you have to cook them while your guests are at your home.

Here are a few tips and tricks for whipping up these broiled steaks in no time flat:

  • If you’re serving a crowd, use a larger baking sheet to cook all the steaks at the same time. Give the steaks a little room on either side so they can all cook evenly, and check the temperature of each before you remove them from the oven, too.
  • Choose side dishes that can be made ahead of time. Our go-to sides for steak are green beans and mashed potatoes. If you’re hosting people (or having a date night at home), pre-make the side dishes so that the only thing that needs cooking are the steaks.
  • Make a compound butter… or use a slice of salted butter. I love how Panorama’s Top Sirloin tastes, so I don’t think it needs anything extra, but if you’re feeling fancy, you can make a compound butter or add a little bit of butter to the steak once you’ve taken it out of the oven. Add a dollop of the butter to the top of the steak once it’s on a plate, ready to be sliced.
A fork sticks a sliced piece of steak before lifting it from the plate

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know When My Steaks Are Cooked Properly?

Everyone likes their steak cooked a little different depending on their personal tastes. (I used to request a Medium Well steak, but I’ll happily eat Medium Rare now.)

Whichever temperature you choose is A-OK, so long as you remember that your steak’s internal temperature will hit the desired temperature while it rests, not while it’s cooking. (If it hits the internal temp while it’s cooking, the steak will overcook on you. Lessons learned, friends.)

  • RARE steak has a cool, red center and will reach the temperature of 125°F.
  • MEDIUM RARE steak has a warm red center and will reach the temperature of 135°F.
  • A MEDIUM steak has a warm pink center and will reach the temperature of 145°F.
  • A MEDIUM WELL steak has a slightly pink center (think very slightly) and will reach the temperature of 150°F.
  • WELL DONE steak is cooked completely through, meaning there is very little pink left in the middle. It will reach the temperature of 160°F

Remember that the steak will hit the temperature while it’s resting, so remove it from the broiler about 5-10°F before the desired temperature.

Also, remember that since Panorama steaks are grass fed and grass finished and leaner, they’ll cook a little faster than conventional steaks.

How do I take my steak’s temperature?

Use a digital meat thermometer to make your job easy. Nobody likes guessing when it comes to steak, and guessing incorrectly could lead to overcooked meat, which is the saddest!

To take your steak’s temperature, poke the thermometer’s tip into the center of the steak. Ideally, you want it to go into the thickest part of the meat because that’s the part that will take the longest to cook. Be careful not to push it all the way through the other side.

Let the thermometer tell you what the temperature is, and then transfer the steak to a plate and cover if it’s within 5-10 degrees of your ideal temperature or pop it back into the broiler for a little more time if you want it more cooked through.

How Do I Store Leftover Steak?

Store the steak in a food safe storage container in the fridge if there is any left. I tend to pre-slice my steaks before serving them, so whenever I have leftovers, I let them come to room temperature instead of nuking them in the microwave.

If you have a whole steak leftover that hasn’t been sliced, leave it that way! You can give it a quick sear in a skillet with a little bit of butter or avocado oil to heat it up the next day.

What should I NOT do while broiling steak?

Do NOT add butter or any oil to the baking sheet pan while you’re broiling the steak. I’ve made this mistake a few times, and my entire house was filled with smoke after.

The broiler runs super hot, and the smoke point of many fats are lower than that.

The steak doesn’t need butter to taste good, but if you’re feeling decadent, you can always add a dollop after it’s out of the oven.

Sliced top sirloin steak on a white plate with broccoli and mashed potatoes, with wine

Quick tips for making Broiled Steaks

  • Double or triple the recipe for a dinner party! Use a larger sheet pan, and cook all the steaks at the same time. Just be sure to take each steak’s temperature before removing them all from the broiler.
  • Store leftover steak in a food-safe container in the refrigerator.
  • Let leftover sliced steak come to room temperature before eating it. Heating it in the microwave will make it tough.
  • Have a whole (unsliced) steak leftover? Store it whole, and sear it in a skillet the next day with a little butter or oil.

PERFECT steak every time. No steakhouse required.

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    A fork sticks a sliced piece of steak before lifting it from the plate
    Yield: 2-5 oz. steaks

    How to Broil Steak in the Oven

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 7 minutes
    Resting Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 22 minutes

    Ever wanted to learn how to make a fancy steak dinner at home without a grill? Learning how to broil steak in the oven is easier than you think and makes for a delicious meal, whether you're having at-home date night or hosting friends.

    Ingredients

    • 10 oz. Panorama Grass Fed Grass Finished Top Sirloin Steaks (the package will contain TWO steaks)
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon salted butter, optional

    Instructions

    1. BEFORE you fire up the broiler, place the rack 4-6” from the broiler/top of the oven. (The closer it is, the faster the steak will cook and the more caramelized it will get. I’ve found that we like it better closer to the broiler because it gives it more flavor, as well as cooks faster. BUT you want the steak to be at least 2.5-3" away from the broiler, as any closer could cause some flare ups.)
    2. Preheat the broiler. It should be around 550°F.
    3. Line a small baking sheet with sides with aluminum foil.
    4. Season your steaks with salt and pepper, and place it in the oven.
    5. Broil for 4 minutes, and then flip using tongs.
    6. Broil for 3 minutes to cook the other side. Take the internal temperature of the steaks. Be sure to remove the steaks when they are within 5 degrees of your ideal internal temperature. It will continue to cook when you remove it from the oven.
    7. Remove from the oven, and transfer to a plate.
    8. Cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5-10 minutes. This is important to redistribute the juices of the steak. If you cut it too early, all the juices will run out!
    9. Once the steaks have rested, slice it and serve with your favorite sides for an at-home steak dinner!

    Notes

    What temperature should my steak be?

    • Rare (cool red center: 125°F
    • Medium rare (warm red center): 135°F
    • Medium (warm pink center): 145°F
    • Medium well (light pink center): 150°F
    • Well done (cooked entirely through): 160°F

    Please note that the steak will continue cooking after it comes out of the broiler, so remove it when the temperature is within 5 degrees of your ideal temperature.

    How do I take my steak’s temperature?

    Use a digital meat thermometer to make your job easy. Nobody likes guessing when it comes to steak, and guessing incorrectly could lead to overcooked meat, which is the saddest!

    To take your steak’s temperature, poke the thermometer’s tip into the center of the steak. Be careful not to push it all the way through the other side.

    Let the thermometer tell you what the temperature is, and then transfer the steak to a plate and cover if it’s within 5-10 degrees of your ideal temperature or pop it back into the broiler for a little more time if you want it more cooked through.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    2 steaks

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 146mgSodium: 654mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    7 Comments

    1. This is our go-to recipe for steaks in the wintertime when our patio is full of snow. They turn out perfectly every single time!

    2. I have always struggled with top sirloin coming out tender and juicy, not anymore! This was amazing!

      1. WOOHOO! SO happy to hear this technique worked out for you, Kathleen! Here’s to juicy, perfectly cooked steaks at home again and again!

      1. You can add butter or compound butter to the steak once it comes out of the oven! I don’t recommend adding it in the broiler because it will create a lot of smoke.

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