Top Sirloin Steak
This top sirloin steak recipe is incredibly juicy and flavorful! It takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. The steak is tender, hearty and savory. Only a few ingredients needed. Great for family dinners, holidays, special occasions and meal prep.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This top sirloin steak recipe is quick and easy.
- The steak comes out so juicy and tender.
- This recipe takes under 15 minutes.
- Everything is made in one skillet.
- It has great marbling.
- For a quick and easy recipe, make this Air Fryer Filet Mignon.
- Best when cooked quickly over high heat.
- Top sirloin is a tender cut of meat.
- This recipe is Whole30 compliant, Paleo, Keto, low carb, sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and nut free.
- Suitable for many diets and lifestyles.
- Check out this Cube Steak Recipe for another healthy dinner.
Ingredients & Substitutions
These are the main ingredients and substitutions for this sirloin steak recipe. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.
For best results, use a high quality top sirloin steak. Grass fed, organic, hormone free steak has a superior flavor. Omaha steaks sell them. In addition, most grocery stores have them available. If you only have frozen, thaw completely beforehand.
Avocado oil helps give the steak a beautiful color and texture. If needed, replace with olive oil.
Black pepper and sea salt add a little flavor.
A pinch of paprika adds a very subtle spice.
Both garlic powder and onion powder add flavor as well.
Garnish with fresh herbs if desired. Chopped basil, parsley, fresh thyme or rosemary can be used.
What is Top Sirloin Steak?
Top sirloin steak is cut from the back side of the cow. Sirloin can be cut from the top part or the lower part.
Top sirloin is typically more tender and higher end. On the other hand, lower end is commonly called sirloin steak and less tender.
This steak is tender and juicy.
It can be cooked a number of different ways. Use your grill, oven, stovetop, sous vide or air fryer.
Serve this recipe with your favorite sauce, condiment or naked. A creamy gravy or peppercorn sauce would be delicious.
For a more affordable option, try this Rump Steak.
Top sirloin steak is high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
In fact, top sirloin does not contain any carbs.
Sirloin contains sodium, but less sodium than other cuts of meat.
This cut of beef contains selenium and phosphorus. These support immune health, metabolism and a healthy thyroid.
They are a healthy option for dinner!
Taste & Texture
The sirloin steak recipe comes out hearty, savory and very flavorful. This steak is so flavorful that it does not need to be served with sauce.
The texture is incredibly tender and juicy. This steak is not chewy or tough.
How to Make
First, pat steaks dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with black pepper, salt, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
Add oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Once oil gets hot, place steaks in skillet.
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Then flip over and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side.
Next, carefully remove steaks from skillet. Allow the steaks to rest on a plate for at least 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Finally, serve top sirloin steak recipe with chopped fresh herbs if desired.
Expert Tips & Tricks
For best results, use a high quality steak. Use fresh when possible for this recipe.
If using frozen, thaw completely before.
Be liberal with the seasonings. Do not skimp. Try this Steak Seasoning Blend!
Allow the avocado oil to become hot. Then, add in steaks.
For a 1 inch steak for medium rare, only 2 to 3 minutes on each side is needed. For medium, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Allow steaks to rest before slicing into. This helps lock in the juices and flavors.
Different Ways to Cook
There are several different ways to cook center cut top sirloin steak. Here are four ways to cook this sirloin steak.
To cook on the stovetop, follow the below recipe. This yields perfectly tender and juicy steak.
For the grill, turn on high heat. Grill well seasoned cab steak on each side for about 4 minutes for medium rare. Some grills run hotter than others. Use a meat thermometer for accurate results.
For an air fryer, preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add in well seasoned steak. Then air fry for about 5 minutes on each side for medium rare. Again, different air fryers have different power levels. Yours may need slightly more or less time.
To bake sirloin steak in the oven, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake well seasoned steak for about 10 minutes. Then check the steak and add more time as needed.
Time & Temperature
Here is the time and temperature for the top sirloin. This is for the stovetop method. The temperature is for steak as soon as it comes off the pan. It will increase slightly as it cools down.
|3 minutes on each side
|120 degrees Fahrenheit
|4 minutes on each side
|130 degrees Fahrenheit
|5 minutes on each side
|140 degrees Fahrenheit
|6+ minutes on each side
|150 degrees Fahrenheit
|6+ minutes each side
|160 degrees Fahrenheit
This is for a 1-inch thick steak. With different sizes, cooking time will vary. Use a meat thermometer as you cook to avoid overcooking.
With steak, it is much easier to add more cooking time. It is impossible to turn back the clock. So, if you are unsure, cook for less time. Use a meat thermometer to measure temperature. Then, cook longer if needed.
How to Serve & Store
Serve this top sirloin steak recipe hot and fresh. Serve once the steak has rested for 5 to 10 minutes. This helps retain the juices.
Dip it into some Korean BBQ Sauce for a fun flavor combination.
Consider serving this top sirloin steak recipe with a gravy sauce, condiment, or by itself.
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is a delicious tender cut of steak.
Top sirloin can be cooked in several different ways. Grill, bake, air fry or pan sear. They all produce great results.
No, top sirloin is more tender than traditional sirloin steak. This top sirloin steak recipe is especially tender.
Look for steak that looks moist, not wet. The meat should be firm and cool to your touch. Do not buy it if it is brown or gray.
Sirloin is hearty and savory. It tastes like classic steak. It has very little marbling. Due to that, the flavor is more beefy than other cuts of steak. It absorbs spices and marinades well.
Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten free.
This steak recipe is healthy. It is high in protein, low in carbs, and naturally sugar free. This steak is suitable for many diets and lifestyles.
No, you do not have to marinate it before cooking. If desired, feel free to marinate up to 12 hours.
Cast Iron Skillet: This durable cast iron skillet is great for steak and cooking. It works well on the stovetop and in the oven.
Meat Thermometer: Use this meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of this top sirloin steak recipe.
Our Place Always Pan: This is such an amazing pan for pan searing and cooking. It comes with a wooden spatula.
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Get the Recipe: Top Sirloin Steak
- First, pat steaks dry with paper towels. Season on both sides with black pepper, salt, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Add oil to a skillet over medium high heat. Once oil gets hot, place steaks in skillet.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Then carefully flip and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the other side.
- Next, carefully remove steaks from skillet. Allow steaks to rest on a plate for at least 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
- Finally, serve with chopped fresh herbs if desired.
- Use fresh grass fed steak if possible.
- If you only have frozen, thaw completely.
- Be generous with your seasoning. Feel free to adjust amounts to suit your preference.
- Allow the oil to get hot before adding steaks.
- Only 2 to 3 minutes on each side is needed for 1 inch steak for medium rare.
- See blog post above for other temperatures and cooking times.
- Allowing the steaks to rest before serving helps lock in the juices.
- Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
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