Steak Doneness – Rare, Medium, and Well Done

What is your preferred steak doneness? Here are some details about the styles in cooking your favorite meat.

STEAK DONENESS could be rare, medium, and well done and here are some details to know about these methods of preparation.

How do you know if your steak is rare, medium, or well done? But first, what is it about steak that people like so much? What is so special about them?

First of all, people can like whatever foods that they want but steak, for many, the king. It is the king not because of the hefty price tags that come with every type but it is the ultimate as with every chew, the buttery flavor, tenderness, and juiciness in a combination that it delivers is something that no other meat can.

As mentioned above, steaks come at high prices and this is what adds to the reason why this is special. This is not something you can easily have every day unless you’re incredibly wealthy.

Steak Doneness
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The doneness

To ensure that you get excellent texture, tenderness, and flavor, you must purchase high-quality meat and make sure to get one that’s thick as this is easier to cook and more flavorful. Thin steak cooks faster and has less flavor. It should have the Prime by the USDA label and the next best option is Select.

Chefs surely know how to achieve a customer’s preferred doneness but if you’re just at home, using a meat thermometer in cooking is a safe way.

Guide (for 1 inch thick steaks):


  • 120-130 °F internal temperature
  • minimal sear on the exterior
  • red and cool to the touch at the center
  • grill at 450°F and pull away from between 115°F and 120°F for 3 to 4 minutes per side


  • 130-135 °F internal temperature
  • seared exterior
  • pink center
  • cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side at 450°F


  • 135-145 °F internal temperature
  • seared exterior
  • lukewarm pink center
  • cook for 7 to 8 minutes per side at 450°F


  • 145-155 °F internal temperature
  • cooked with a warm, light pink center
  • cook for 8 to 9 minutes per side at 450°F


  • brown exterior and brown, warm center
  • cook for 10 minutes per side at 400°F

Steaks are among the most expensive foods in the Philippines. They have jaw-dropping prices. The Japanese Premium Wagyu Tenderloin Beef is worth Php 7,700 for 150 grams while Charcoal Grilled Japanese Beef Sirloin Steak has a price of Php17,280 for 500 grams.

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