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How to Grill a Perfect Steak

A surefire way to impress your man is by grilling up the world's perfect steak!

Want to find out how to grill a well-cooked, juicy steak that's charred on the outside yet temptingly pink on the inside? We don't blame you. Here are all the tips you'll need to follow to serve the perfect steak at this summer's soiree.

1. Clean the grill and oil the grilling grid well so that the meat does not stick. Use any vegetable oil for this, such as canola or safflower.

2. Make sure the coals have reached the right temperature or the heating elements are nice and hot.

3. Lay the steak on the grill using tongs. You do not, under any circumstances, want to pierce the steak and release the valuable juices.

4. Only turn the steak once and use tongs.

5. Be sure to let the steak rest for at least 5 minutes once it’s done.

Here are total cooking times for steaks, and make sure you turn the steak about halfway into that time -- no more. As a rule, the first side should cook slightly longer than the second because by the time the meat is turned, it has already taken on some heat.

Thick steaks (about one inch thick)
For rare meat: cook for about 10 minutes
For medium-rare: cook for about 15 minutes
For medium-well: cook for about 20 minutes

Really thick steaks (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick)
For rare meat: cook for about 12 minutes
For medium-rare: cook for about 17 minutes
For medium-well: cook for about 22 minutes

Super-thick steaks (about two inches thick)
For rare meat: cook for about 15 minutes
For medium-rare: cook for about 20 minutes
For medium-well: cook for about 25 minutes


—From Steak with Friends: At Home, with Rick Tramonto by Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody/Andrews McMeel Publishing

-- Lauren Le Vine

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