Follow this checklist to find your ideal level of doneness:
- Rare: 125 degrees Fahrenheit plus a three-minute cooling period after removal from the heat
- Temperatures between 130 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit are considered medium-rare.
- The medium temperature is between 135 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 140 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit is considered medium-well.
- 155 degrees Fahrenheit or above for well-done
How can you tell if a steak is well done?
Check for a well cooked steak. Put your pinky (small) finger and thumb together and press them together. For a well-done steak, you will need to bring your pinky (little) finger and thumb together and press the base of your thumb into the meat (about an inch below where it connects to your palm).
How to tell if a steak is medium rare?
Make sure the meat is medium-rare. If you want your steak to be medium-rare, bring your middle finger and thumb together and press the base of your thumb against the surface of the meat (about an inch below where it connects to your palm). Take note of how it feels, and then examine your steak. Comparing the sensation of your hand to the sensation of the steak is a good idea.
What do you need to know about steak doneness?
Steak doneness is measured in minutes per pound of meat. Know when your steak is done to perfection, whether it’s rare or well done. Before you put the steak on the grill, you need learn a little bit about the meat so that you can accurately judge when it is done. Getting acquainted with the steak grade and cut can assist you in understanding how the meat changes as it cooks.
How long should a steak be cooked before it’s done?
(Place the packed steak on the counter about a half-hour to 45 minutes before cooking it.) Using this method, you can assure that the entire steak is the same temperature throughout, resulting in an evenly cooked steak without a burned exterior and a chilly center. Check out this video to learn how to tell when a steak is done.