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Cooking sirloin steaks requires knowledge of cooking techniques because they are easy to overcook. Sirloin steak contains less fat when compared to other meats available at your local butcher's shop. In order to prevent the steaks from being too tough to eat, it is important to choose a cooking method that you are familiar with using. Sirloin steaks require tenderizing and marinating to create a meal that everyone will enjoy.
Tenderize the sirloin steak. Gently use the mallet on each side of the steak to loosen the fibers of the meat. You will be able to tell that the fibers are loose when the steak appears longer in size and the fibers may appear broken on the surface of the steak.
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Choose a marinade. Marinating the steak overnight will make your sirloin steak juicier when cooked. Select a marinade that is specifically for beef. Instead of marinating the steak with a liquid marinade, try using a rub on your steak. Rubs are available in the spice section of your grocery store, and they will lock in the steak juices before you begin cooking.
Decide on a way to cook your sirloin steak. Four ways to cook a sirloin steak that are popular are grilling, baking, broiling or frying. Each method consists of different techniques to ensure that the steak cooks correctly.
Grill sirloin steaks. Before grilling, the steak should be thawed and be at room temperature. Make sure the steak will not stick by adding oil or cooking spray to the grill. Sirloin steaks cook quickly on the grill. It is important not to turn the steaks often because they will lose their juices. Cook the steaks on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes. Check the interior of the steak to ensure the steaks are ready to eat, and remove them from the grill.
Bake sirloin steaks in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes until they are cooked to your desired taste. Baking sirloin steaks decreases the moisture available in the steaks. The oven tends to dry the meat out if you do not take the time to marinate appropriately. Bake steaks with a marinade, and add vegetables, such as onions, to help hold moisture to the steaks. Try searing the steaks in a frying pan for two minutes before baking them to ensure that the juices stay inside the steaks.
Broiling steaks is an alternative cooking method that people tend to ignore. Cooking steaks in the oven by broiling them will ensure they stay juicy. After marinating them, instantly place them in the oven and set the oven to broil. Place the steaks directly over the broiler in the oven and cook the steaks for 3 to 4 minutes for each side. Remove the steaks and place a piece of tented foil over them for 6 minutes before serving.
Frying sirloin steaks is a popular cooking method. Turn the heat on high and sear both sides of the steak. Turn the heat down on medium low and cook the steaks on each side for 3 to 4 minutes until they reach your desired taste.
Don't press the steaks or you will loose their juices. Cook steaks until they are medium rare to enjoy the moisture-locked flavor.
Eating rare meat may result in food poisoning.