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Steak Temperature Guide

1. Rare (120-130°F / 49-54°C)

  • Appearance: Cool red center, soft to touch.
  • Texture: Mostly raw, very moist, and tender.
  • Who It's For: Those who love a very tender steak and don't mind a bit of rawness.

2. Medium Rare (130-135°F / 54-57°C)

  • Appearance: Warm red center, slightly firmer.
  • Texture: Mostly tender and juicy with more flavor.
  • Who It's For: A popular choice for its balance of tenderness and flavor.

3. Medium (135-145°F / 57-63°C)

  • Appearance: Hot pink center, firm to the touch.
  • Texture: Moderately tender, starts to dry out.
  • Who It's For: Those who prefer a firmer texture with less pink.

4. Medium Well (145-155°F / 63-68°C)

  • Appearance: Slight pink center, much firmer.
  • Texture: Some tenderness, more cooked and slightly drier.
  • Who It's For: For those who don't like much pink but appreciate a bit of juiciness.

5. Well-Done (155°F+ / 68°C+)

  • Appearance: Little or no pink, quite firm.
  • Texture: Fully cooked, can be tough and drier.
  • Who It's For: For those who prefer their steak fully cooked through.

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Tips for Perfect Steak Every Time

  • Use a Meat Thermometer: For accurate results, always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your steak.
  • Rest Your Steak: Allow your steak to rest after cooking. This helps the juices redistribute throughout the steak, ensuring a juicier bite.
  • Understand Carryover Cooking: Remember that the steak's temperature will continue to rise slightly after it's removed from the heat, known as carryover cooking.
  • Personalize to Your Taste: The above temperatures are guidelines. Feel free to adjust slightly based on your personal preference.


Cooking the perfect steak is an art that combines skill with personal preference. By understanding the various levels of doneness and how they affect the steak's flavor and texture, you can choose the ideal temperature for your taste and ensure a delicious, satisfying steak every time. Enjoy experimenting with different levels of doneness to discover your perfect steak!

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