There’s never a bad time for a BBQ, and that means lots of easy meals – steak and salads. Not everyone knows how to tell if a steak is rare, medium or well done, without cutting the meat to check inside. We’ll tell you how to test if a steak is cooked.
Steaks become firmer as they cook, so to test, press the centre of the steak with the back of your tongs or clean fingertip:
Rare Steak: You’ll only need a few minutes for each side, depending on thickness. Turn once only. A rare steak feels very soft with the back of the tongs.
Medium-Rare Steak: Cook on one side until moisture is just visible on the top surface. Turn once only. Cook on the other side until surface moisture is visible. The steak should feel soft with the back of your tongs.
Medium Steak: Cook on one side until moisture pools on the top[. Turn once only. When moisture pools again, it’s almost ready. Continue to cook until the steak feels springy with the back of your tongs.
Medium-Well Steak: Follow same steps as medium, but leave on a cooler part of the grill for a little longer until the steak feels firm with the back of the tongs.
Well Done Steak: Cook on one side until moisture pools on top. Turn and cook on second side until moisture pools again. Reduce heat slightly or move steaks to a cooler part of the barbecue. Continue to cook until it feels very firm with the back of the tongs.
Our thanks go to Entice from Meat & Livestock Australia on how to cook steak perfectly.