How to Grill the Perfect Sirloin Steak in the Oven

Updated April 17, 2017

When most people think of sirloin steaks, they often envision cooking them on a grill. But if you do not have a grill, or are just looking for another reliable way to prepare them, sirloins can be pan-grilled in the oven for a similar grilled effect. With little more than 20 minutes and some oil, salt and pepper, you can have a delicious protein dish that is fit for your family or special company. Try serving the steaks with some buttered potatoes and broccoli, to complete this classic American meal.

Place one oven rack in the lowest position, and one rack in the medium position. If you have a third oven rack, you can place it in the top position for later use. If not, you can move the middle rack up.

Preheat the oven on the grill setting for five to 10 minutes, or until very hot. Most ovens will be ready within 10 minutes.

Position your steaks about one inch apart in a shallow metal pan. Pour a little olive oil (2 or 3 tbsp) on the top of each steak, and use your brush to spread it on the meat's surface. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Freshly ground salt and pepper give the best taste.

Flip the steaks and repeat step three on the other side. Note that some oil and salt will spread in the pan.

Place the pan with the steaks on the middle rack, about one inch apart. Cook in this position for about seven minutes. Then, flip the steaks inside the pan, and cook the other side for another seven minutes.

Move the rack with your steaks to the top position in your oven, and let cook for about five more minutes. Flip the steaks inside the pan and cook for another five minutes. You do not need a meat thermometer to test if the meat is done. Instead, you can just use a knife to cut open the centre of one of the steaks and check the colour. Some people like it very pink, but be sure it is not completely pink or still bloody inside.

Take the steaks out of the oven, and place on a wire rack to cool for three to five minutes.


The above times are for medium-cooked steaks. For rare, reduce each cooking time by two minutes. For well-done, increase each cooking time by two minutes.


Always use oven gloves when cooking with an oven. Meat that is too rare (pink) may be dangerous to eat.

Things You'll Need

  • 6.8kg. sirloin steaks
  • Oven
  • Shallow metal baking pan
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil brush
  • Olive oil
  • Knife
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About the Author

Cam Middour has an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and has worked for "The New Yorker," "Narrative Magazine," and the Poetry Society of America. Her work is forthcoming, or has appeared in "New England Review," "Western Humanities Review," "Sarah Lawrence Review" and others. She has been writing professionally for seven years.