Ribeye steak, also known as the scotch fillet, is amongst the favorite dishes of BBQ lovers. The reason is obvious – the marbled fat distributed throughout the meat plus the fat “eye” accumulated on the center, melts and gives a flavorful, juicy, and tender texture to the steak.
However, to taste ribeye steak at its best, you need to learn the right grilling techniques. This includes knowing how long to grill ribeye. Does the taste of different cuts vary? Which grill is best to cook ribeye? and a lot more.
Although this all sounds difficult, put your mind at ease as the following post will walk you through each and every step of grilling ribeye.
So, without any further delay, let’s start the cooking process!
Choose the Right Cut
The meat for rib-eye can be cut from anywhere between the sixth to the twelfth rib. The taste, flavor, amount of fat and cooking procedure varies depending on the side from where meat is taken.. The most commonly found cut in supermarkets is the center cut. It has a fair amount of marbling along with some fat cap.
The two ends are called short loin and chuck. If you don’t want to consume too much fat, go with the short loin as it has minimum marbling and almost no fat cap.
The other end – chuck, is our favorite one. It has the largest fat cap and generous marbling, hence rendering the most flavors and tenderness to the steak.
You can buy the meat with or without bone. Though some people believe that the bone adds extra flavors to the steak, we think both are equally good for grilling a steak. Just make sure the meat is fresh, has a deep red color and good thickness.
How Long to Grill Ribeye?
The cooking time depends upon the type of doneness you want and the thickness of the beef. Here’s a breakdown of the grilling levels and the time required:
Appearance: Soft, dark red at the center, and pink from the sides
Temperature maintained: 125°F
Grilling time: 8-11 minutes for 1-inch steak and 11-14 minutes for 1.5 inches
Appearance: Firm, dark pink at the center with slightly brown sides
Temperature maintained: 135°F
Grilling time: 9-12 minutes for 1-inch steak and 12-15 minutes for 1.5 inches
Appearance: Firm, light pink at the center with brown sides
Temperature maintained: 145°F
Grilling time: 10-13 minutes for 1-inch steak and 13-16 minutes for 1 1/2 inches
Appearance: Slightly pinkish at the center with brown sides
Temperature maintained: 155°F
Grilling time: 12-15 minutes for 1-inch steak and 15-18 minutes for 1 1/2 inches
Tip: To ensure your steak is not overcooked, consider buying a meat thermometer and checking the temperature after short intervals.
Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Ribeye Steak
- Rib-eye steak
- Kosher salt
- Grounded black pepper
Step 1: Take the Steak Out of Refrigerator
Don’t grill the meat directly out of the refrigerator. It can lead to uneven cooking; the outer layer may cook and the inner side remains cold. Or to cook the inner side, you may end up burning the outside of the steak. The cooking time is also extended with frozen meat.
So, let the meat sit for around 30-40 minutes or until it is brought back to room temperature. Check if there is any fat at the edges, trim it as this fat is of no use and can cause flare-ups while grilling.
Step 2: Season the Meat
Season the steak with any of your favorite recipes or a mixture of salt and pepper. You only need to generously sprinkle the two ingredients on all sides and start cooking.
Curious about what else you can do to add extra flavors to your steak? Well, the good news is that there’s no limitation on the seasoning ingredients of a steak. A classic dry rub can be made by mixing kosher salt, garlic powder and smoked paprika. You can also add onion powder, black pepper, brown sugar or whatever tickles your taste buds.
Cover the steak with the prepared rub and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before grilling.
Step 3: Start Grilling
Set up the charcoal grill by transferring the lighted coals at one side of the base while leaving the other side empty. Sear each side of beef for 1-2 minutes on direct heat. Then move the steak to where there are no coals, and cook until it attains the desired temperature.
For gas grilling, raise the heat to high and sear for a minute or two. Next, lower the heat to medium and continue cooking following the recommended time.
Flip the steak after every minute so that all sides are cooked evenly and the meat is perfectly tender. One more thing to remember is that stop grilling the heat before it attains the final temperature. Let’s say you are cooking a medium ribeye steak, though the recommended temperature is 145°F, remove the steak at 140°F and so on.
Step 4: Wait Before Serving
After removing from the grill, leave the steak for 5-10 minutes. This grants the time to steak for attaining the final temperature. Generally, the temperature rise is around 2-5°F. The rest period also lets the meat juices distribute evenly throughout the steak, making it moist and flavorful. Now, cut, serve and enjoy!
Cooking a Ribeye Steak – Alternative Options
Like grilling, broiling also involves cooking meat or vegetables on direct flame. For broiling a ribeye steak, turn on your oven broiler and let it heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Lubricate a broiler pan or cast-iron skillet using olive or any other oil. Place the steak in it. Do not use glass or Teflon cookware, as they may break or release toxic gases on high heat.
Next, put the pan in the oven and cook the steak until it turns brown. Generally, each side of the meat takes 5 minutes to cook. Keep an eye on it, or you will end up overcooking the meat.
Cooking on the stovetop is the simplest and easiest method. Just pop the steak on a skillet and fry it. This method also lets you monitor the cooking process actively throughout. However, this method isn’t recommended for bone-in steak or steaks thicker than one inch..
Heat a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop for a few minutes. Season the ribeye steak with spices or herbs and sear it on the pan for around one minute per side. Meanwhile, turn on the oven and preheat to 350-450°F. After searing, place the pan in the oven and cook until the desired doneness is achieved. (140°F for medium ribeye steak)
Sous vides are one of the popular methods that involve cooking raw food in a water bath heated to a precise temperature. Proper maintenance of temperature in a Sous Vide reduces chances of overcooking. Plus, it’s hassle-free as you are not required to keep an eye on the cooking process and the after-cooking cleanup is minimal.
For cooking ribeye steak, start by seasoning it with olive oil, salt and pepper. Put it in a vacuum-sealed bag along with a spring of thyme, rosemary or bay leaf. Start cooking in the water bath and set the temperature following the level of doneness you want. In the end, sear the cooked steak on a hot pan for a few minutes.
The 3 Unique Ways to Season a Ribeye Steak
- Cut garlic cloves and rub them all over the steak. This will leave a garlicky flavor on the final dish.
- Stir mayonnaise with lemon juice and herbs like parsley, garlic and salt. Present it alongside your dish to add a herb mayonnaise flavor to your ribeye steak.
- Mix softened butter with grounded herbs, minced shallot and some vinegar. Refrigerate the mixture, slice and serve along with the grilled ribeye steak.
- The wine pan sauce is another seasoning option when you are cooking the ribeye steak on a skillet. Grab the pan you have used for cooking ribeye. Pour off the fat dripped from the steak. Leave the browned bits (fond) in the pan.
Add a tablespoon of butter and 1/4 cup of shallots. Cook until softening of shallots. Next, pour 1/2 cup of red wine in the pan. Deglaze and scrape up the sticked fonds. When the mixture is reduced to half, add a cup of beef broth and simmer until it is viscous enough to coat the spoon. Lastly, stir some butter in it, and your sauce is ready to serve.
Show Some Creativity While Serving Grilled Ribeye
Knowing how long to grill ribeye is the most important aspect of preparing a ribeye steak. That said, you can add a few more ingredients to make the steak more delightful. One simple way is to cook potato chips, toast tomato slices, and add some seasoned mushrooms alongside the steak. Moreover, you can try preparing watercress purée or multiple other recipes to surprise your family every time you plan to grill.