Cooking a top sirloin steak to a perfect medium-well is all about achieving that balance between tenderness and juiciness. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of preparing a mouth-watering top sirloin steak cooked to medium-well perfection.

What You’ll Need

Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients and equipment:

  • A top sirloin steak (1-1.5 inches thick)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • A meat thermometer
  • Tongs or a spatula
  • A grill or a stovetop pan

Step 1: Preparing the Steak

Start by taking your top sirloin steak out of the refrigerator and allowing it to reach room temperature. This step ensures even cooking throughout the steak.

Tip: For added flavor, consider marinating your steak for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Use your favorite marinade or simply season it with salt, pepper, and some herbs.

Step 2: Preheating the Grill or Pan

While your steak is reaching room temperature, preheat your grill or stovetop pan over medium-high heat. It’s important to get the surface nice and hot to achieve that beautiful sear on your steak.

If Using a Grill:

Ensure that the grates are clean and lightly oiled to prevent sticking. Close the lid and let it heat up for about 10-15 minutes.

If Using a Stovetop Pan:

Add a small amount of oil to the pan and heat it until it starts to shimmer. Make sure the entire surface of the pan is evenly coated.

Step 3: Seasoning the Steak

Before placing the steak on the grill or pan, season it generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Feel free to add any other desired spices or herbs to enhance the flavor.

Step 4: Cooking the Steak

Now it’s time to cook your top sirloin steak!

  1. Place the seasoned steak directly on the hot grill grates.
  2. Cook for approximately 4-6 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness. For medium-well, aim for an internal temperature of around 150°F (65°C).
  3. Use a meat thermometer to ensure accurate temperature readings. Insert it into the thickest part of the steak without touching any bone.
  1. Carefully place your seasoned steak onto the hot pan.
  2. Cook for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until you reach an internal temperature of around 150°F (65°C) for medium-well doneness.

Step 5: Resting and Serving

Tip: Remember that your steak will continue to cook even after you remove it from direct heat. This process is called carryover cooking. To account for this, slightly undercook your steak before reaching your desired doneness.

Once your steak reaches the desired internal temperature, carefully remove it from the grill or pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Allow it to rest for about 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and ensure maximum tenderness.

After resting, slice your top sirloin steak against the grain into thin strips. This technique helps maintain tenderness and makes each bite more enjoyable.

Congratulations! You have successfully cooked a juicy and flavorful top sirloin steak cooked to medium-well perfection. Serve it with your favorite side dishes and enjoy!