How to Cook the Perfect New York Strip Steak

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Strip steak (also called a New York Strip Steak, or New York Strip) is a beautiful cut of beef that requires little more than high heat, simple seasoning, and some solid technique. In this post, I’ll give you the tools to cook a better-than-restaurant quality strip steak at home.

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Perfect Grilled New York Strip

This recipe for cooking New York strip steak is inspired by Tyler Florence’s steakhouse. He seasons massive porterhouse steaks with only salt before searing at extremely high temperatures and then sprinkling with cracked black pepper after cooking. I took similar principles and adapted them for home cooking (because we don’t all have access to $5000 professional salamander machines in our backyards), so you can cook your own perfect New York strip steak at home.

When the process is this simple, you need to make sure your ingredients are high quality. Use a bright red steak that is at least 1.5 inches thick. Season with coarse kosher salt or sea salt. Fresh crack your black pepper, if possible. When you focus on meat, fire, and simple seasoning, you’ll be happier with the result than if you had purchased an expensive steak from a restaurant.

What is a New York Strip Steak?

A strip steak is cut from the short loin of the cow. This muscle doesn’t do too much work, making the strip steak a rather tender cut of meat. It’s not quite as tender as the nearby tenderloin, but it’s still a great option for a nice, typically boneless steak that cooks evenly and quickly with a great beef flavor and nice chew.

Strip steaks have many names, including Kansas-city steak, New York strip steak, top loin, and a hotel-style steak. No matter what you call them, they are delicious and tender and a popular restaurant steak. Strip steaks are best when they are well-marbled with nice, white fat weaving through the muscle of the steak.

New York strips on baking sheet seasoned with Beef Rub.

Garlic Thyme Resting Butter

This simple compound butter is the perfect finishing touch for your grilled New York strip steak. The combination of garlic, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce adds a burst of flavor that complements the rich, beefy taste of the steak. Here’s what you’ll need:\

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and you’re ready to go. Place a dollop of the butter on your serving platter before grilling the steaks, so when they come off the heat, they can rest directly on the butter, allowing it to melt and infuse the steak with incredible flavor.

How Long to Grill Strip Steak

When it comes to grilling New York strip steaks, temperature is as crucial as time. For this recipe, I’m grilling at a super high heat. You’ll want to get your preferred grill up to around 900 degrees F, then give your steaks 2-3 minutes per side directly over the heat. Make sure you use a reliable, instant-read thermometer, and use this temperature guide to know when to pull your steaks to nail your desired doneness level.

  • Rare: 125 degrees F
  • Medium Rare: 135 degrees F
  • Medium: 145 degrees F 
  • Medium Well: 155 degrees F
  • Well Done: 160 degrees F

How to Cook New York Strip Steak

You can always use the Reverse Sear method for New York strip steaks (I’ve detailed that method HERE), but that process takes quite a bit of time and effort. Sometimes the best things in life are simple and allow the flavor of the beef itself to shine through. I think the best way to cook a NY strip steak is with salt, pepper, a little butter, and a screaming hot grill. Here’s my method for cooking New York strip steak:

  1. Season the steak. When you are 30 minutes out from grilling your steaks, remove them from the fridge, season both sides with kosher or coarse salt, and allow them to come up in temperature.
  2. Preheat your grill. Preheat your preferred grill to High heat, aiming for around 900 degrees F on the grates.
  3. Prep the butter. Combine all ingredients for the compound butter in a small bowl and spoon butter directly on the serving platter underneath where the steak will be placed.
  4. Grill those strip steaks. Place the steaks directly on the grill grates on a diagonal. For med rare: cook 2-3 minutes then rotate 45 degrees (for those beautiful criss-cross grill marks) and grill another 2-3 minutes. Flip the steaks and repeat on the other side. Grill for more or less time depending on your preferred doneness.
  5. Remove from heat and rest. Remove the steaks from the grill and place them on the buttered serving platter. Allow them to rest for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Slice and serve. Slice the steaks and sprinkle with black pepper just before serving.
Sliced steak on serving platter with sprig of thyme.

Tips for Making Strip Steak

As I mentioned earlier, strip steak is extremely easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or fuss. With this in mind, here are some of the most important things to focus on when grilling strip steak:

  • Get your grill hot, hot, hot. Turn on your grill as high as it’ll go, and make sure to allow the grill to fully preheat before cooking your steaks. A nice, hot grill is key to ensuring these steaks cook perfectly and remain nice and juicy.
  • #restingbutter. That compound butter? It’s just a tiny bit magic. By placing your hot steaks directly on the butter while it rests makes for the most flavorful steak ever. Do not skip this step. This resting butter is a complete game-changer, and you’ll never eat strip steaks without it again.
  • Use a reliable thermometer. Make sure you are using a trusty meat thermometer to keep track of the internal temperature of your steaks while they are on the grill. My family prefers steaks cooked to medium-rare, but as always, cook to the doneness you prefer. I highly recommend cooking your steaks to medium-rare or medium for maximum flavor and juiciness. Anything over medium begins to dry out and become tougher to chew.

More New York Strip Recipes

Now that you know all the ins and outs of this tender and flavorful cut of steak, you’ll be grilling up New York strip steaks all the time. Whether you want to try different seasonings, cooking methods, or want it in a larger cut, I’ve got options for you in the Hey Grill Hey app. Check out a few of my personal favorites here: 

New York Strip Steak Recipe

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Strip Steak

By: Susie Bulloch (
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Learn to make a perfect New York Strip Steak on your grill in just minutes with my simple technique. Then finish it with my compound butter.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Resting time10 minutes
Total Time52 minutes
Servings2 people


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Garlic Thyme Compound Butter (optional)

  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • Season the strip steaks. 30 minutes prior to grilling, remove your steaks from the refrigerator, season on both sides with the coarse salt and allow to come up in temperature.
    2 strip steaks, 1 Tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub
  • Preheat the grill. Preheat your grill to High heat. You're looking for temperatures around 900 degrees F on the grill grates.
  • Make the compound butter. Combine all ingredients for the compound butter in a small bowl. Place one spoonful of butter directly on your serving platter underneath where each steak will be placed. Do this before you get your steaks on the grill so when they come off, you can set each steak on a spoonful of the butter. Set aside the remaining butter for the top of the grilled strip steaks.
    4 Tablespoons salted butter, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, Kosher salt, black pepper
  • Grill the steaks. Place the steaks directly on the grill grates at a diagonal. For a medium rare steak, cook 2-3 minutes, then rotate 45 degrees and grill for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Finish grilling the steaks to your preferred doneness. Flip the steaks over, cook 2-3 minutes, then rotate 45 degrees and grill for 2-3 more minutes. Increase or decrease cooking time as needed to reach ideal internal doneness. For a rare steak, cook to 125 degrees F, Medium Rare to 135 degrees F, Medium to 145 degrees F, Medium Well 155 degrees F, Well Done to 160 degrees F. 
  • Place the steaks on the resting butter. Remove the steaks from the grill and set each steak on the dollop of prepared compound butter.
  • Rest the steaks before slicing and eating. Let the steak rest for at least 8-10 minutes before slicing. Sprinkle with the black pepper just before serving.


Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 241mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 731mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 747IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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**We originally published this post in April 2018, but we recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. However, the recipe remains the same.



Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Gordon says:

    Love the recipe, love the results. Question: grill with lid open or closed? When I grill open I can’t maintain high heat. (Obviously.) With grill lid closed, I get flames that blacken the steaks. I’ve tried both ways with varying results. I don’t always enjoy prime outdoor weather but I don’t let that stop me knowing what is coming off the grill. It’s the variables I want to whittle down. Thanks again for the recipes.

  2. Tracy says:

    Omg the whole idea of resting it in that butter was amazing! Love love love it.

  3. Courtney says:

    OMG!! Tried this a few weeks ago. Magnificent! Best steak I’ve made at home!! Take that fancy steak restaurant!! Currently working on another one right now!!! 10/10 highly recommend!

  4. Jessica says:

    I’m terrible at making steaks however, this simple recipe was a game changer for me! Steaks turned out perfect and so easy to do!

  5. RobertK says:

    Trying on a Treager grill, it doesnt get that hot but hopeing it gets hot enough.

  6. Jeanna Joyce says:

    I haven’t been using this recipe since you posted it and here it is 2023 and I can still cook a New York strip perfectly every single time using this recipe.

  7. Noreen R says:

    Fantastic and easy. The steaks were wonderful!

  8. Pam says:

    I’m trying this recipe tomorrow night. How do you get your grill that hot? 800 degrees is smoking hot!!

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      It’s actually the temperature that the Searbox attachment that I had on my grill! It’s a 30,000BTU/hr. side burner with grill grates that get that hot. I’ve since upgraded to the Sidekick, which can sear like the Searbox, but also fits most of Camp Chef’s 14 inch grilling accessories!

  9. ST says:

    SO EXCITED to try this tonight! Do we close the grill lid when we grill the steaks or leave it open? Thanks so much!

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Close the lid!

  10. Nancy Burke says:

    Great recipe!! Followed it exactly and the steak was sooo tender and flavorful!! Will never grill a steak any way but this way. Yummy