Grill Frozen Steak Perfectly, No Defrosting Required

A large frozen rib eye may not seem like something you might just toss on the grill at the last minute, but Cook’s Illustrated has devised a way to grill thick frozen steaks to perfect condition in less than an hour.

The key is to build a two-level fire by placing the frozen steaks directly over the main heat source for about 7 minutes on each side, until they are nice and completely browned. Once they have a nice crust on them, it’s time to let the indirect heat process everything else and move them 6 inches away from the heat source. Let them simmer for another 12 minutes or so, until the internal temperature reaches 115 degrees. Let them rest, slice and serve.

According to Cook’s Illustrated, this method works best with thick steaks such as ribeye or New York strips, as thinner steaks thaw and overcook on the inside before they have a nice browned appearance, so aim for cuts around 1 1/2 inch. thick.

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