New York strip steaks are known by several different names, but a New York strip, or NY strip, is typically tender and can be quite lean, according to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). To grill or broil a NY strip is an excellent way to help the flavor of this cut of beef stand out.
Many people cook steaks to their individual preference, but the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) advises cooking beef until its internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Best Way to Broil Steak
Broiling and grilling are similar cooking methods as both use direct dry heat. The best way to broil steak is to use dry heat from above. Grilling uses the same kind of heat from below, according to the NCBA. This type of dry heat is best for a tender steak like a New York strip, which you want to cook for a short time.
The dry cooking methods listed above provide a quick and easy way to enhance the flavor of your main dish. Plus, your meal will be ready in a flash, so it's great for those dinners when you don't have much time.
To broil a NY strip steak, you want to season it before cooking. Use a variety of herbs and spices, from cilantro to fennel seeds and chili powder. Do this while you're warming up the oven.
Place the steak in a broiler pan if you have one. Broiler pans can catch the steak drippings and will help your steak to cook more evenly. For best results, place the pan 2 to 4 inches from the broiler.
Tips for Broiling Steaks
The NCBA recommends following these steps when you broil a strip steak in the oven:
- Preheat the broiler before placing the steaks in the oven.
- Broil 3/4-inch thick steaks for nine to 12 minutes.
- Broil 1-inch thick steaks for 13 to 17 minutes.
This way, the steaks are done, but the meat isn't overcooked and tough. Shortly before you think they're done, check their internal temperature with an instant-read meat thermometer. Remember, your steak's temperature will continue to rise after you remove it from the oven. If you cook it for too long, it will dry out and become tough.
Next, put the steak on a plate and let it rest for a few minutes, covering it with aluminum foil to keep it juicy. Cut it across the grain before serving. An easy way to remember this is to slice it across the narrower part of the steak. For extra flavor, add sauce over it.
Nutrients and Health Tips
When you broil NY strip steak in the oven, you want to make sure the meat is properly cooked. That's why an oven thermometer is a great tool, especially an instant-read oven thermometer. The USDA FSIS states that a safe internal temperature for beef is 145 F or above. That means the meat is cooked enough to prevent foodborne illnesses.
According to the USDA, a 90-gram NY strip steak, or about 3.1 ounces, has 200 calories, 18.4 grams of protein and 13.6 grams of fat, including 5.6 grams of saturated fat. This cut provides 37 percent of the recommended daily intake of protein for most adults. New York strip has lots of iron. Each serving provides 1.4 milligrams of this mineral, which is about 8 percent of the recommended daily value.
According to the NCBA, strip steak also provides other vitamins and minerals, including niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, potassium, phosphorus and choline. Strip steak is one of the NCBA's most popular choices of lean beef. Others include top sirloin, tenderloin and 95 percent lean ground beef.
Although this steak has more fat than what the Mayo Clinic describes as lean, you can trim it off the strip steaks before cooking to make it leaner. A lean steak has less than 10 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat in a 3.5-ounce serving. Also, buy cuts of beef that are graded choice, or select, rather than prime, which is higher in fat.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, lean meats fit into a healthy diet as long as you eat protein from a variety of sources, including plant and animal foods. Make sure that less than 10 percent of your daily calories come from saturated fat.
- National Cattlemen's Beef Association: "Strip Steak, Lean"
- National Cattlemen's Beef Association: "Broiling Basics"
- National Cattlemen's Beef Association: "Lean Beef — A Super Satisfying Balance of Taste and Nutrition"
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: "Doneness Versus Safety"
- Health.gov: "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020"
- Mayo Clinic: "Cuts of Beef: A Guide to the Leanest Selections"
- USDA: "Nutrition Facts for New York Strip Steak"