When bad weather doesn’t allow to grill the steak outside, oven comes to the rescue. In fact, oven-baked steak turns out just as delicious and tender as the grilled one. The temperature I like to use is 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking time is crucial for the desired result. So now the question. How long to cook steak in oven at 400 degrees? In this post, I like to share the answer to this question and other tips for a oven baked steak.
It takes 12 minutes to cook a 1-inch thick steak in the oven at 400 degrees. This cook time is for the steak to reach rare doneness. At this level of doneness, its internal temperature will reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer medium done steak, you have to cook it for 14 minutes. Medium steak should have the internal temperature of 145 degrees F. The result is a tender meat covered by a browned and crispy coating. If you want a firmer meat with less juices and a heavily caramelized crust, let the steak bake until it hits 160 degrees F inside. This process will take around 18 minutes.
If your main goal is an extremely crispy crust, you should cook the steak in the oven at 450 degrees. This temp cooks the steak really fast, so make sure you don’t walk away from the oven during the baking process. At 450 degrees, the steak will turn out rough and crunchy on the outside and tender and succulent on the inside. You will usually get a pink circle in the center of the steak at this high temperature. It’s pretty hard to get the steak cooked evenly at this temperature as the exterior meat will cook faster than the interior. So you are better off staying at rare or medium doneness for your steak which will take 8 minutes and 10 minutes respectively at 450 degrees. If you want a more uniformly cooked steak, go for 350 degrees F. This temperature renders the steak fall-apart tender with a pleasing golden-brown exterior. If you choose 350 degrees, it will take 18 minutes to cook the steak in the oven to medium doneness. For well done steak, it will take 20-22 minutes.
While you can use any temperature from 325 to 450 degrees to cook steak in oven, the best option is 400. This temperature entails a comfortable cooking time and most importantly makes the steak pleasantly tender, juicy and crispy. The meat cooks evenly and it’s easier for you to control the level of doneness. Of course, if you and your family are die-hard fans of thick crust, 450 degrees is your best friend. However, you have to be vigilant when dealing with this temperature as the risk of overcooking is high.
Here’s the recipe for cooking steak in the oven.
Broiling is a common practice among steak fans and culinary experts. Aside from being a method of obtaining a crispier steak, broiling also shortens the cooking time. Broil the steak for 3 minutes per side to get medium-rare doneness and 4 minutes per side for a medium-well result. Keep in mind that broiler cooks the meat unevenly, creating a sharp contrast between exterior and interior meat.
So if you don’t like the combination of thick crust and almost under-cooked flesh in your steak, you are better off using the convection fan to reduce the cooking time. This feature will circulate hot air around the steak and cook the meat faster and more evenly.
It’s hard to imagine the steak without a dipping sauce. It’s a combination that works no matter if your steak is grilled or oven-baked. Aside from sauces, you can also amp up the taste of steak with side dishes. A casserole of cheesy scalloped potatoes will add several layers of richness and flavor to the steak. So will a big plate of starchy risotto with veggies and parmesan cheese. If you want something lighter, go for mouthwatering brussels sprouts with bacon, or simply a sheet pan of roasted vegetables that never fail when paired with a meat roast.
The internal temperature for the steak needs to reach 145 degrees Fahrenheit for a medium doneness. This temperature should be taken at the thickest part of the steak since it takes a longer time to cook.
A medium rare steak will have an internal temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. At this doneness, the meat is pretty raw and pink.
If you cook the steak at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, this will take about 13 minutes. Remember to flip the steak halfway through the baking so that both sides are cooked evenly.
It takes 18 minutes to cook the steak in oven at 350 degrees to a medium doneness. For well done steak, it takes 20 to 22 minutes. This temperature will cook the steak evenly and the meat will turn out tender with a nice golden brown exterior.
I usually serve half a pound of steak per person for my family. My family members consider this very filling, especially after adding another 2 to 3 extra side dishes.
It takes 3 minutes to broil the steak per side to a medium rare doneness. For medium-well doneness, broil it for 4 minutes per side. This will produce an extra crispy steak. However, the downside is that broiling will cook the meat unevenly. And you will end up with a cooked exterior but an under-cooked meat nearer to the center.