Grilled vs Pan Fried New York Strip Steak

Grilled vs Pan Fried Steak

I have never considered myself very good at making steak.  But I’ve learned a few tips recently that I want to pass along to you.

When I was asked to participate in the Walmart Steak Grill-off, I knew exactly what I wanted to try.  I’ve always wondered which is better – pan fried steak or grilled.  I suspected that the grill would win out.  Keep reading to see what our verdict was.  You might be surprised.

But first, here are a few tips on steak making that I’ve learned.

First, buy a good quality steak with lots of marbling.  You can see the marbling in the photo of the steak below.

New York Strip Steak

Jim picked out the steaks and he chose New York Strip Steaks at Walmart.   

Season the steaks simply, but season them well. Use plenty of your seasoning choice.

I chose garlic, olive oil, Kosher salt and crushed black pepper for ours.  First, I rubbed the steaks with split garlic cloves.  Then, I used a generous amount of salt and pepper on both sides of the steak, rubbing it into the meat.  These simple seasonings enhanced the flavor of the beef.

Let the meat come to room temperature before cooking.  Twenty minutes on the counter, before hitting the hot pan will make for better steaks.

Speaking of hot pans, sear the steaks in a very hot pan or hot grill.  Start off high or medium-high heat and let the pan or grill heat up before adding the meat.  This browns the meat on the outside and seals in the juices.

Don’t over cook the steak.  The meat will be more tender if it’s is on the rare side.  It doesn’t have to still be bleeding.  I cooked ours medium-well and it was still tender.  But do avoid going a little past well-done, just to be sure there’s no pink.  It really will taste better and be more tender when it’s cooked a little less.

Here’s the process I used for the Pan Fried Steak:

I rubbed the steaks on both sides with a split clove of garlic.  I followed that by rubbing both sides with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

In the hot skillet, I added olive oil and a tablespoon of butter.  The meat cooked over medium-high heat for 2 minutes, then I flipped it and cooked the other side for 2 more minutes.  Turn down the heat to medium and finish cooking for 2-4 more minutes, until it’s as done as you like.

For the Grilled Steak:

I followed the process above, except that after rubbing with garlic, brush the meat with olive oil.  Then rub in the salt and pepper.

Place meat on a hot grill.  Cook a minute or two and turn the meat 90 degrees so you get nice grill marks.  Flip the steaks and repeat so you have grill marks on the other side.  Continue to cook for 2-4 more minutes, until the meat is cooked to your preference.

Our verdict:  We honestly couldn’t decide which we liked better.  Both were tender and full of flavor.  You really can’t go wrong, not matter which cooking method you choose.  So no worries if it rains out your grilling plans.

Are you ready to experience Walmart’s Steak-Over for yourself? Find out why you should choose your steaks at Walmart here. We shared our winning grilling tip – now tell us yours!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Interesting! I would have said grilled too. I love a good steak!


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