Degrees of steak doneness chart

Doneness is a description of how thoroughly cooked a cut of meat is based on the color, juiciness and internal temperature when served. The best way to check for doneness is to use a instant read thermometer with a skinny probe, to avoid leaking juices.

  • Rare: 120° to 130°
  • Med Rare: 130° to 145°
  • Medium: 145° to 155°
  • Toast: 155° and up

Of course, many steakhouse restaurants and steak-lovers divvy up the categories in many ways, but generally, these follow a specific pattern, from "don't even bother with the grill, sunlight is enough" to "call CSI for identification":

  • Raw
  • Blue Rare
  • Rare
  • Medium Rare
  • Medium
  • Medium Well
  • Well Done
  • Well Well Done
  • Encased in Carbonite

Always make sure you place the steak in a place with good heat distribution, otherwise you might end up with a medium well end and a medium rare... other end, which might conceivably be good eats, but is certainly not much fun. Unless you are a gamblin' man, of course.


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