How To Get a Crust on Steak

Just imagine biting into a delicious, full, crisp steak. The steak is just melting in your mouth. An unbelievable feeling that everyone should be able to experience at least once in their lifetime. Well, imagine being able to have that experience as much as you want!

You can go to your favorite high-end 5-star restaurant for this experience, but that isn’t very realistic for most of us for various reasons.  As difficult as making the perfect steak may seem, these steaks must be made somehow!

What if we told you we could help you get that perfect crust on your steak, all while maintaining its juiciness?

How to get the perfect steak crust

Keep reading to find out how to get a crust on steak. This article will tell you all the steps, ingredients, and tools required to achieve that perfect steak crust.

The Blueprint To “Steak of Gods” in Your Own Home

You can get a crust on a steak in your home and make a delicious steak that will impress your taste buds as well as any guests you may have over. We like to think that there isn’t as much distance and hard work between you and a crisp steak as you may think! And there are ways you can speed up the process.

This blueprint to the “Steak of Gods” gives you the ability to cook that perfect steak crust by yourself. If you want to make your very own delicious steak, you will have to get in the kitchen and do the work.

This blueprint is designed to help you achieve this. We will hold your hand and guide you through the whole process. So if you get stuck, do not panic—just refer to our article for guidance. 

Now grill up, and get onto this blueprint to achieving that perfect steak crust.

Step One: Get Your Grill Ready, and Pat Your Steak Dry

Your grill should be heated to just over 400°F. Make sure to pat your steak dry with a paper towel. By doing this, you’re giving your meat a chance to brown once on the grill, which produces more flavor.

Once you have dried the steak, sprinkle some kosher salt on both sides of it. Then, simply place your steak onto the hot part of the grill, and you’re on your way.

Step Two: Flip That Steak!

Now you want to flip your steak over often, roughly every 45 seconds. Use a small amount of oil if needed to prevent the steak from sticking to the grill. Continue to flip your steak until you get a nice color and that fat has started to render.

If your steak looks pale to you, don’t stress, this happens from time to time. Continue to flip your steak constantly, and you’ll have your delicious, perfect steak crust in no time! The steak color should be looking nice and dark brown around the 5-minute mark of cooking.

Step Three: Back To the Cool Side

Now that we have that gorgeous starting color on the grill, it’s time to place your steak back onto the cool side of the grill and away from the hot coals. Doing this allows the steak to cook better with less heat to get that steak perfect.

Step Four: Take Out Your Thermometer

Now, use your thermometer to check your steak’s internal temp until you get it to the perfect temperature. It’s better to be a little underdone than overdone. After all, who wants a burned meal?

These temperatures are meant to be specific. So, make sure you match the following temperatures correctly. Once your steak is done, you will be eating crisp-goodness in little to no time!

  • Medium – 135°F
  • Medium Rare – 125°F
  • Rare – 118°F

Step Five: Butter and Sear That Steak!

After achieving that personalized temperature, we need to get that crisp final crust. To do this, add melted butter to your steak.  Then turn the buttery side over onto the grill and butter up that other side.

Continue to flip your steak every 15 seconds for around a minute, and make sure to not leave it on one side for too long. Once done, prepare yourself for that perfect juicy bite.

steak on the grill

And Just Like That, You Have Your Perfect Steak Crust

Simple, right? Follow this blueprint for that tender and deliciously cooked steak crust.                                               

  • To recap the steps, get your cast iron skillet and grill ready to cook, and crank up your grill to 400°F. Pat down your steak until it’s nice and dry.
  • Next, flip your steak every 45 seconds until you get a nice color. Place your steak back onto the cool side and away from the coals.
  • Use your thermometer to check the temperature until you get your steak to right where you want it, which depends on how you want your steak done.
  • Then move on to the final step, which is buttering and searing. This step is essential to get that perfect steak crust. Just make sure not to leave it on one side for too long. So, there you have it, an easy and in-depth guide on how to get a crust on steak.

For more ways to become a steak expert, check out some more of our in-depth guides, tutorials, and recipes to master your craft. We are the number one provider of information for all things steak to help you become the master chef of your household.

About the author

Adam can tell you the difference between a flank steak and skirt steak and any other cut of meat. He loves sharing his knowledge of steaks with everyone, ensuring you get the perfect steak every time.