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How to Grill Shell Steak to Perfection

author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
How to Grill Shell Steak to Perfection
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Shell steak is a boneless and elongated cut also called New York strip steak, Kansas City strip steak or simply strip steak. Shell steak usually has about a 1-inch thickness. This steak is cut from the steer’s hindquarter or middle section of its back. Shell steak is simple to prepare, requiring little seasoning for excellent flavor to develop when grilling. Grilling a shell steak to perfection also is a quick process.

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Step 1

Put your steaks in a shallow glass bowl. Rub them with garlic. Sprinkle them with oil and salt and pepper. Alternately, sprinkle the steaks with a steak seasoning mix and oil.

Step 2

Cover your bowl with plastic wrap. Marinate your steaks at room temperature for one hour.

Step 3

Preheat your grill when steaks have been marinating 45 minutes. Use medium-high heat instead of a high heat because this is a relatively chewy cut of meat, recommends “The BBQ Queen’s Big Book of Barbecue,” by Karen Adler and Judith M. Fertig.

Step 4

Grill your shell steaks to the desired doneness. Cook about four minutes per side for medium rare. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your steaks reach at least 145 degrees F. to reduce risk for foodborne illness, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Add two or more minutes per side and cook to 160 degrees F. for medium steaks.

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