Cooking Steak In Oven: (Nearly) Everything About It

Oven-roasting is a versatile cooking method - pretty much any steak, no matter how tough or tender, can be prepared that way.

It’s relatively hustle-free and the type of heat itself is more gentle and even. This is exactly what a juicy steak craves for!

Now, given the many ways you can use the oven for steaks, it becomes a bit confusing:

What’s the best way to cook steak in oven? How long does it take? How to bake steak in oven to be tender? How to finish steak in oven? The list goes on…

That's why I decided to answer the most frequently asked questions, so that you can finally enjoy that great piece of meat. I’ll be quick. Promise. ;)
How To Cook Steak In Oven With Broiler?

A typical conventional oven broiler is a heating element, which is located on the oven’s “ceiling” (good explanation, don’t you think? :) ).

It kind of resembles grilling, but…ordinary home broilers are not as nearly as powerful as chefs use for steakhouse steaks. As a result people end up overcooking meat and drying it out completely.

With a bit of trial and error I managed to resolve that issue and now I am glad to offer it to you.

Cook steak in oven without broiler.

Cooking Steak In Oven At 400F

If you are looking to avoid using skillets and just go with oven-cooking (suppose you don’t want to have a massive cleanup afterwards), this method is just what you need.

We will first cook the steak at low heat and then bring up the temperature to 400F and finish it up in the oven to get the surface browning right.

Roast beef at 400F.

How Long To Cook Steak In Oven?

This is probably the most asked question…and the answer is – it depends (I know, you hate me already).

Few things to take into account:

  • Steak thickness & size
  • Desired doneness level
  • Oven temperature used (e.g. 350F or 400F)
  • Type of oven cooking (e.g. roasting vs broiling)
  • Prior marinating (marinades reduce cooking time)

Once you know what you start with, you need to know where you are going. What type of doneness are you looking for? Here is the list:

  • Blue rare – 116F
  • Rare – 120F
  • Medium rare – 126F
  • Medium – 135F
  • Medium well – 145F
  • Well-done – 150F +

Ideally you will need an instant read thermometer, so to avoid disappointment and frustration. It’s simple to use, safe and inexpensive.

This rough steak cooking time guide will be helpful now.

Best Way To Cook Steak In Oven?
I always say that ‘low & slow’ is the answer to that question. The lower the temperature you use, the longer you will be cooking your steak, but…it pays off!

Gradual temperature increase helps to preserve all the tenderness and flavor inside the meat, turning your meal into a pure joy (that’s what I feel all the time).

Slowly cook a juicy steak to medium-rare in oven.
Cooking Steak In Oven & On Stove

This method is often referred to as ‘searing on stove and finishing in oven’. The method is ideal for when it comes to cheaper and less tender cuts, like round steak.

However, more expensive and quality cuts, like rib eye, also benefit from it a lot. This happens because oven heat is more gentle in nature than direct heat, which comes off the skillet, when you use the stove .

Hence the steak manages to keep more juice and tenderness inside, leaving the flavor inside.

This technique is also good for larger steaks and roasts, which are especially tricky to pan-fry.

Cook steak in oven and finish on stove.

See How To Cook Different Steak Using Conventional Oven

Learn the technique, using step-by-step guide to help you cook the perfect steak - no matter which one it is.

See them below and click the one you like.

Sirloin Steak In Oven

Cook sirloin without broiling.

Rib Eye Roast

Cook rib eye roast at low heat.


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