My friend, Nava, who lives in Malaysia, does not eat beef. But she wanted to include at least one beef recipe on her blog for her fans. I was delighted when she asked me to whip up a meaty entree to share with her followers…as a good steak or beef roast always makes my family happy. I splurged on some dry-aged rib eye steaks from a local butcher shop for Nick’s last dinner before leaving for college. Please head over to her blog, Nava-K, to see my tips on how to grill the perfect rib eye steaks.
Tip of the day: Bringing beef to room temperature before grilling prevents the surface from drying out or burning before the inside is cooked to the desired temperature. Just 30 minutes sitting on the counter will do the trick.
- One 1 1/2 inch thick rib eye steak per person, prime or the best quality you can afford
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, cut in half
- A couple hours before grilling, pat steaks dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle each side with a scant 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt and return to the refrigerator, uncovered.
- Bring steaks out to sit at room temperature one hour prior to grilling. Rub each with garlic half and re-season with salt and pepper. Grill over hot coals (or set gas grill to high heat) with the lid open for about 3-4 minutes per side for rare. If you want the classic cross hatch sear marks, turn the steak 45º (one 1/8 turn) at 1 1/2-2 minute mark, then grill for a couple more minutes before flipping. Repeat on other side and grill for 3-4 minutes total. Use instant read thermometer to check internal temperature: remove at 120º for rare and 125º for medium rare. There will be carry over cooking and temperature will rise during resting period.
- Let rest 5 minutes before serving.