Sharing all the details on How To Get Perfect Grill Marks On Steaks Every Time! There is one secret and I am spilling it!
Sometime after we got married, BMW and I started a little tradition called Steak Fridays. Every Friday we would pick out our favorite cuts and cook them up with some veggies and enjoy it with a bottle of wine. It was such a nice way to end the work week and start the weekend off on a relaxing note. Then with all the craziness of 2020, Steak Fridays definitely became something we looked forward to even more! Plus, having a date night at home once the bébé was asleep was a lot more convenient than trying to coordinate a sitter and reservations. Over the past year, or two? Who knows anymore haha, we’ve learned a lot about making the perfect steaks at home.
So in honor of Father’s Day this weekend and it being Friday and all, I wanted to share one of our tips for getting those perfect grill marks on steaks every time!
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How To Get Perfect Grill Marks On Steaks Every Time
Ok, the big secret for getting those perfect seared grill marks on steaks is…. drumroll please… clarified butter! Say what?! Yes, it’s really simple but really important. Regular melted butter won’t do the trick but melted ghee will if you don’t want to clarify your own butter.
Clarified Butter is just regular butter that has been slowly melted at low heat so that the fats and water in the butter separate. You remove the solid fats from the butter and then coat the steak. Then you will place the steak on a searing hot grill, turning once on each side, to create a criss cross pattern and voila! Perfect grill marks!
If you’ve ever wondered how chefs or fancy steakhouses get those marks on the steaks without burning or over cooking the meat, well this is how! The searing hot grates on the grill will quickly bring the steak to temperature and the coating of clarified butter will turn black against the grates leaving those perfect marks and also providing a barrier so that the meat will lift off easily and create those sharp lines.
It’s honestly way more simple than I ever would have thought! Whenever we want to cook on the grill, this is our go-to method! The grate, haha I mean great, thing about this method using clarified butter is that it will work with anything! If you’re looking to get those char marks without over cooking your veggies, just use clarified butter.
How To Make Clarified Butter
Making clarified butter at home is a really easy process. The biggest tip to remember is to be patient and don’t touch! Kinda funny sometimes how much of cooking is just patience and not doing anything haha. Anyways, here are the easy steps for making clarified butter.
- Gather up your butter and a small pot. You can use salted or unsalted butter. I always use unsalted butter so that I can control the saltiness though.
- Cut the butter into cubes and place into the pot. I like to use a stainless steel or light color pot so it is easier to see once the butter has separated but use whatever you have.
- Place the pot with the butter cubes onto the stove on the burner with the lowest heat setting. This is the important part, do not touch or move the pot! Let the butter slowly melt and separate. Ideally, you want to keep the butter from bubbling on the sides or burning. Keep the heat as low as possible and do not disturb. If you agitate the pot it will result in the fats not separating properly.
- Depending on how much butter you are clarifying, this might take about 20 minutes. You will notice that the fats will separate, either floating or sinking, away from the yellow liquid.
- Using a spoon remove the yellow liquid into the dish you want to use. This is the clarified butter. Discard the solids or the creamier white looking parts.
Now you have clarified butter! That’s it!
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How To Get Perfect Grill Marks On Steaks Every Time
- 2 1/2 lb Wholesome Meats Boneless Ribeye Steaks
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- In a small pot, make clarified butter by melting the butter on the lowest setting. Do not disturb or agitate the butter, this will cause the fats and water to not separate. Once the fats and water have separated, spoon out the clear butter into a shallow dish and discard the fats.
- Meanwhile, season the steaks with the salt and pepper and let come to room temperature. Heat the grill to 450°F.
- Dip the steaks into the dish with the clarified butter coating each side. Place steaks onto grill going parallel to the grates. Cook for 1-3 minutes per side, depending on your desired doneness.
- Next, use tongs to pick up steaks off the grill and turn them exactly 90° and place them going perpendicular to the grates and cook 1-3 minutes more. You will be grilling the same side down.
- Then flip steaks to the uncooked side and repeat the process to create the grill marks again. Let steaks rest 5-10 minutes before serving or slicing. Enjoy!