Cooking the perfect steak doesn't have to be a challenge!

Here are some tips from Clancy's grilling experts to help you get ANY steak cut perfectly cooked every single time. 

The Raw Steak

Before getting started make sure you familiarize yourself with the raw texutre of your steak. It should be soft and spongy to the touch, and any fat around the edges should be hard as the fat has not been cooked out or "rendered" yet. 

Lightly push into the steak to feel it, and notice how thick the steak cut is.. the thicker the cut, the longer the steak will take to cook

Make sure you invest in a great meat thermometer that is digital. This will pay for itself in the long run as. you will be able to get an exact reading on your temperature, without cutting into your steak and losing precious juices.

Most meat thermometers are sold at kitchen boutiques or even grocery stores in the baking or grilling aisles.

*Clancy's Tip: Pull any steak off your grill about 5-10 Degrees before your ideal temperature of doneness and let the steak rest for 10 minutes. Your steak will continue to cook while resting, so this preserves valuable juices and ensures you won't overcook it!

The RARE Steak

To cook your steak to a rare internal remperature, cook it to 120-130 Degrees F on your thermometer.

Rare steaks should be warm throughout, bright red in the centre, slightly charred on the outside and brown on the edges.

General grilling rule for a 1" steak: put on the grill on high heat for 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. Be sure to monitor your thermometer closely as times vary!


To cook your steak to a MEDIUM RARE internal remperature, cook it to 130-135  Degrees F on your thermometer.

Rare steaks should be warm in the middle, with a slight red colouring in the centre. The rest of the steak should be pink. 

Edges should be charred well with a deep brown caramel colour with nice grill marks. Your steak should spring back when touched in the centre.

This temperature is the most popular steak doneness temperature, and any chef would cook their steaks to medium rare to suit most people.

*Cook 4 mins on one side on high heat, flip then cook for another 3 minutes while monitoring the internal temperature

The MEDIUM Steak

To cook your steak to a MEDIUM internal remperature, cook it to 140-150  Degrees F on your thermometer.

Medium steaks should be deeper pink in the centre, with brown colouring toward the edges. There should be no red at all. The edges should be well browned, and the exterior should be nicely charred (but not burnt).

The centre of the steak should spring back nicely when you touch it meaning the entire steak is cooked through.

*Cook on high heat for 5 minutes one side, flip, then cook for another 4 minutes while monitoring the temperature with your thermometer 


To cook your steak to a MEDIUM WELL internal remperature, cook it to 155-165  Degrees F on your thermometer.

Medium well steaks should have very little pink in the centre, and be well charred on the outsides. This steak is great for the squeamish who do not want any "blood" or juice running out of their steaks when cut into.

The outside should be well charred, and when you touch it there should be stiff feeling to the steak with little to no spring back. 

*Cook on high heat for 6 minutes one side, then flip, and cook for another 5 minutes while monitoring your internal temperature


To cook your steak to a WELL DONE internal remperature, cook it to 170  Degrees F or higher on your thermometer.

Well done steaks should have very little pink - if any at all. They should be uniformly brown throughout but not burnt throughout. They should have good char on the outside but not burnt edges. To the touch there should be no spring back at all.

The well done steak is the most difficult steak to cook properly - the secret to getting a good well done but still tender and juicy steak is to cook it at a lower temperature and slower (low and slow) on the grill. Don't get impatient just let it sit on the grill for a while and monitor the temperature while making sure it doesnt burn.

*Cook for approx 10-12 minutes per side on a low setting, ensuring to monitor your temperature with a thermometer throughout.

Visit your favourite Clancy's location and pick up one of our delicious cuts of meat - marinated or plain - and get more tips on how to cook your favourite cuts to perfection!