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Wondering how to cook sirloin steak? Follow these simple tips to make sirloin tender and delicious every time.

I love a good steak whether it’s cooked over the grill in the backyard or topping my Flank Steak Salad. But, the key is to cook it properly.

How to cook sirloin steak, cooked steak, sliced with pink on the inside, on a white plate with romesco sauce in a dish next to the steak.

If you’ve never cooked a steak before, you may want to learn how to cook flank steak while you’re here. And, don’t forget to check out my flank steak marinade.

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How to Cook Sirloin Steak Perfectly

Sirloin steak is a very inexpensive cut of beef. But, even though it doesn’t cost a lot, it is full of flavor and very tender when cooked properly.

All you really need to do to cook sirloin the right way is to sear it quickly and add your favorite seasonings. Keep reading for a few helpful tips.

How to cook sirloin steak; stove top, in a pen, in the oven, the steak is sliced and plated with romesco sauce

What is a sirloin steak?

Sirloin refers to the back part of the cow. The steak actually comes in two different parts.

Top sirloin is the most tender cut of meat and will be labeled top sirloin on the package. If it is not labeled, you have the bottom sirloin which is not usually as tender as the top.

How To Cook Sirloin Steak On The Stove

First, whenever you cook a steak, you should remove excess moisture from the surface using a paper towel. This allows the steak to develop a crust as it cooks.

If you’re wondering how to cook sirloin steak in a pan, the first step is to season the meat with salt and pepper. Once it’s seasoned, cook it over medium heat in a cast-iron skillet in one tablespoon of hot oil. 

Sirloin steak cook on the stove plated on a white plate with potatoes, eggs, and romesco sauce

Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness.

  • For a rare steak, remove the steak at 120F to 125F.
  • A medium steak should be removed at 130F to 135F.
  • Medium well steaks will be 140F to 145F.
  • If you prefer well-done steak, remove it at 150F to 155F.

Once your steak is removed from the pan, allow it to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Your steak will continue to cook for 5 more minutes raising the final temperature about 5 degrees.

Make Perfect Sirloin Steak In The Oven

If you’d like to try something a little bit different, you can cook your steak in the oven.

Sirloin steak cooked in the oven, on a plate with a side dish of potatoes

Just follow these simple steps.

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Rub the steak with oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes until your steak reaches an internal temperature of 160F for medium. The exact timing depends on the thickness of the meat.
  • Allow it to rest for 5 minutes and serve.

We have one of these instant-read thermometers!

What’s The Best Sirloin Steak Marinade?

Marinating a sirloin steak can help add flavor and make the meat more tender. And, there are quite a few different marinades you can use.

Sirloin steak marinade, steak on a plate soaking in its own juices and marinade

Of course, there’s a whole shelf of them at the grocery store you can choose from. But, if you want to make one yourself, it’s very simple to do.

One of the easiest marinades for sirloin is a simple combination of Worcestershire Sauce and Soy sauce. Just use the same amount of each ingredient and place it in a Ziploc bag.

Allow the meat to marinate for at least 6 hours or for up to 24 hours if you have a less tender cut of meat.

What should I serve with my steak?

Now that you know how to cook sirloin steak, you need to decide what to serve with it. Popular options include potatoes, rice, and grilled vegetable.

Potatoes and eggs side dish on a plate with steak

You may want to try my Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob. You won’t believe how easy it is to make on your grill.

How can I store leftover steak?

If you have leftovers, you can wrap them in aluminum foil and keep them in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. If you want to keep it for more than a few days, you will need to freeze it.

How to cook sirloin steak

To freeze steak, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in an airtight freezer bag. The meat will stay good tightly wrapped for about 3 months.

Finally, to defrost it, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Then, use it in your favorite recipe.

How to cook sirloin steak
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Sirloin Steak

How to cook sirloin steak. Cook it on the stove, in a pan, or in the oven!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • oven
  • Stovetop
  • non-stick pan

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb Sirloin Steak
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on the steak. Heat oil in a large cast-iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Cook steak for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
  • Use a meat thermometer for added precision; Medium-Rare: 120 to 125°F. Medium: 130 to 135°F. Medium-Well: 140 to 145°F. Well-Done: 150 to 155°F.
  • Remove from pan; let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing across the grain.

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Notes

Allowing the steak to rest for 5 to 10 minutes after cooking will help redistribute the juices throughout the steak.
Cutting across the grain is also important as cutting with the grain will create a tough and even chewy bite to the steak. 

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