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9 Secrets to the Best Steak You’ll Ever Cook, According to Professionals

Want to learn how to cook the best steak you’ve ever had? After chatting with the executive chef team at Longhorn Steakhouse, we think we know what it takes!

Grilled T-bone steak on stone table. Top viewEvgeny Karandaev/Shutterstock

Not too long ago, we met up with the finalists of LongHorn Steakhouse’s Steak Master Series. Before the chefs went head-to-head in an epic grill-off, they shared a few secrets to cooking the best steak you’ve ever eaten. They’re trained to cook nine different cuts of steak, so we couldn’t wait to hear their tricks!

Choose your steak wisely

Variety of Raw Black Angus Prime meat steaks Machete, Blade on bone, Striploin, Rib eye, Tenderloin fillet mignon on wooden board copy spaceLisovskaya Natalia/Shutterstock

It all starts with choosing the right steak for the job. A thick steak will take forever to reach a well-done temperature, and it’s almost impossible to hit a perfect medium-rare with a thin steak. When in doubt, ask your butcher for 1- to 1.5-inch thick steaks; they’re easy to cook to any temperature.

Season boldly

Chef salts steak grill pan. Preparing fresh beef or pork.Anton Chernov/Shutterstock

Whether you’re keeping things simple with salt and pepper or whipping up one of these 31 delicious grilling ideas, make sure you season aggressively. Some of that seasoning will stick to the grill and you don’t want your steak to taste under-seasoned.

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