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How to Cook Tri Tip in an Iron Skillet

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Patrick Hutchison has been doing freelance work since 2008. He has worked as a physical therapy aide and as a writer for various websites including Destination Guides and several travel-related companies. Hutchison has a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology from the University of Washington.
How to Cook Tri Tip in an Iron Skillet
Cast iron is ideal for cooking steaks on the stove top.

Tri tip is a rarer cut of meat that comes from the bottom end of the sirloin. It gets its name because it is triangular in shape. It is a fairly tender cut of meat and well suited to quick cooking over high heat. While often grilled, you can also cook tri tip in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron is preferable because it distributes heat evenly and produces a good sear on the meat.

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Step 1

Trim any excess fat from the tri tip steak using a sharp knife. Extra fat increases the caloric value of the steak and increases the amount of grease that splatters when cooking.

Step 2

Heat the vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and season your tri tip with salt, pepper and any of your favorite spices.

Step 3

Place the tri tip into the heated skillet and cook for approximately 5 minutes per side, turning with tongs. The meat should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, as advised by the USDA.

Step 4

Remove the tri tip from the skillet and set it aside to rest. Resting the meat allows the juices to reabsorb into the tri tip for a more tender, juicy steak. Slice thinly and serve.

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