How to Broil Steaks Perfectly

Learn how to broil steaks to have a crisp crust and tender meat inside so you can enjoy them all year round!

Nothing beats a juicy steak cooked on the grill, but what do you do if the weather isn’t cooperating or you suddenly run out of propane? Turn to the broiler!

Broiling is a quick cooking method that gives steaks a crisp, brown crust while keeping the meat tender inside. You can broil steaks year-round, right in your kitchen.

Broiling Vs. Grilling

Broiling and grilling are very similar. They both use intense, direct heat to cook food.

The major difference is that when you grill, the heat source is underneath the food and when you broil, the heat source is above the food.

Depending on your stove, the broiler might be in the oven or it might be located in a drawer underneath the oven. Either way, for this recipe, you’ll want to set the rack 3-4 inches away from the heating element.

Some ovens require you to leave the door cracked open when you use the broiler to prevent the thermostat from overheating and turning off. Be sure to check your manual for guidance on your specific model.

Tip: Use a dedicated broiling pan, which is made to withstand the intense heat of the broiler without warping. Broiling pans also have vents in them, which allow air to circulate under your steak and let any juices drip away so your food doesn’t steam.

Likewise, DO NOT cook frozen steaks under the broiler. See here for more on how to cook frozen steaks if you didn’t pull your meat out of the freezer in advance.

What Are The Best Steaks To Cook Under The Boiler?

Look for thick steaks with nice marbling. Some of my favorite options for broiling are rib-eye, strip steak, and sirloin. London broil is also a classic option.

Seasoning Broiled Steaks

The heat of the broiler can cause fats to spit and sputter, so save your oil based marinades for another night and only use minimal oil on the steaks. Season your steak with salt and pepper, steak seasoning, or your favorite dry rub.

You can always finish your steaks with a pat of butter or an oil-based sauce like chimichurri after they’re cooked.

How Long To Broil Steaks

How long you broil steaks for will depend on their thickness. Thinner steaks will cook much faster than thick ones. Flip the steak halfway through so both sides have the opportunity to get nice and browned.

Generally speaking, plan for a 3/4-inch steak to take 6-10 minutes, a 1-inch thick steak to take 12-17 minutes, and a 1 1/2-inch steak to take 19-23 minutes.

An instant read thermometer is handy for knowing when your steak is cooked perfectly.


How to Broil Steaks Perfectly

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 47 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Learn how to broil steaks to have a crisp crust and tender meat inside so you can enjoy them all year round!


  • 2 (16 oz.) New York strip, ribeye, or sirloin steaks, 1-inch thick
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish


  1. Remove your steaks from the refrigerator and pat dry. Rub each side of the steak with a tiny bit of olive oil and season each side with salt and pepper. Let sit for 30-40 minutes to come to room temperature.
  2. Rearrange the shelves in your oven so one is 3-4 inches away from the broiling element.
  3. Heat your broiler to high.
  4. Place the steaks on a broiling pan and place under the broiler.
  5. Broil for 6 minutes.
  6. Use tongs to carefully flip the steaks over. Broil on the second side for 6-11 minutes, or until the steak is cooked to your desired temperature.
  7. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Slice across the grain and sprinkle with fresh parsley.