How to Make the Best Beef Loin Steak

Making the perfect sirloin steak can be easy with the right ingredients and with a simple recipe. Since Beef Loin Steaks are already tender and juicy, you don’t need to add too much flavor, or ingredients to these already dreamy steaks. 

Another great thing about these steaks is that they are not as expensive as other cuts of meat, but they are still fancy enough to serve at dinner parties, especially if you add in some perfectly cooked potatoes and vegetables to serve with the steak. 

What Cut of Meat is Beef Loin?

Before getting into the nitty gritty of how to make the best beef loin, it’s important to know what cut of meat you are dealing with. The cut of meat will determine how you cook it, and how it should be prepared. 

Beef Loin comes from the rear back portion of a cow. When you buy sirloin steaks, you usually get the top sirloin and the bottom sirloin. The top is usually more tender while the bottom is less tender. 

If you don’t buy a pack with both pieces, you might have only a pack that says “sirloin.” This is usually the bottom sirloin. Top sirloin cuts will always be labeled “top sirloin.” No matter what cut you have, the sirloin is very tender and only needs to be cooked for a short time, so you can easily make this steak if you are in a hurry. 

How to Cook Sirloin Steak

Now that you know the cut of the meat, you might be wondering how to cook it. When cooking sirloin, the easiest way to tell if it’s done or not is to check the inside of the steak with a thermometer. You can buy meat thermometers at your local supermarket or other large stores. 

If you cook meat often, or if you’re new to cooking meat, having a thermometer is a great way to check if the meat is done and will ensure you don’t overcook or burn the meat. 

Here are the minimum temperatures your meat needs to reach before you pull it off the grill. Remember that sirloin will continue to cook after you take it off the heat, so checking the inside’s color is not always the best way to tell if the meat is done or not. Always use a thermometer to check for the following temperatures. 

Rare

130 degrees F

Medium Rare

135 degrees F

Medium 

145 degrees F

Medium Well 

150 degrees F 

Well Done 

160 degrees F


Instructions for Flavoring and Cooking 

Follow this quick recipe and instructions to get the perfect sirloin steak. 

  • Pat your steaks dry with a paper towel. This will make sure the exterior part of the meat gets a nice brown crust instead of getting mushy. 
  • Season both sides of the meat with salt and pepper. 
  • Cook the meat on a skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Cook your meat until it reaches the doneness you desire in the chart above. 
  • Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes. 
  • Put butter over the steak. 
  • Slice it and serve it. 

If you don’t want to use regular butter, you can always use flavored butter such as garlic and herbs. This will give the steak some extra flavor and make it juicier. 

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Steak

You can see that cooking the perfect steak is easy and fun. Here are some extra tips to follow to make the steak even better. 

  • Always slice your meat against the grain to make sure it stays tender. 
  • The best pairings for sirloin steak are mashed potatoes, asparagus, green beans, or rice. When in doubt, pair the steak with one carb or starch and a roasted vegetable. 
  • Make sure your garlic butter is always in the fridge when not in use so that it stays fresh. You can take it out about 20 minutes before using it so that it softens and melts easier onto the steak. 
  • You can cook the steak in many different ways including on a grill, in a pan, on the stove, or using an indoor grill pan. If you want to use a grill though, make sure to add the butter once you have removed it from the grates. 

Final Thoughts 

Beef Loin Steak is a great steak to cook when you have company or when you want a nice dinner with the family. Cook it with some garlic butter and pair it with vegetables and you have a complete meal. 

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