How To Tell If Steak Is Done

There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it.

  • Use a meat thermometer.
  • Press on the meat with your finger tips.

    The problem with the meat thermometer is that when you poke a hole into the meat with a thermometer, it can let juices escape that you would rather have stay in the meat. For this reason, most experienced cooks rely on a “finger test” method,

    Test for steak doneness by pressing a finger into the meat.

    Rare feels like your chin
    Medium like the tip of your nose
    Well done feels like your forehead

    Tip – Let steaks sit for 10 minutes after they come off the grill so the juices have time to redistribute

    Tip – Meat should be blotted dry with paper towels before it meets the heat. If not it’s boiling, steaming and braising – not grilling.

  • Reference – Meat & Seafood Internal Temperature Cooking Chart

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