How to Cook Top Round Steak (2 Best Ways)

Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: December 1, 2023

If you’ve tried to cook up a top-round steak and it turned out dry and tough, you’re not the only one. This lean-profile steak challenges achieving an ideal balance of tenderness and taste.

It took me a good few fails before I perfected the process, and I can now whip up a delicious top round.

During my trials, I also dedicated countless hours to research, test, and consult with fellow chefs.

I'm excited to share the two best ways to cook top-round steak in this article. You'll also discover the secrets to savoring this cut of meat at its finest.

Quick Summary

  • To cook top-round steak, first let it reach room temperature and season it. Sear it for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • You can grill a top-round steak by searing it on each side for 3-4 minutes, then cooking indirectly for 5-7 minutes.
  • Broiling top-round steak involves seasoning, then baking at 325°F for 5-7 minutes for desired doneness.


Raw steak resting on black small tray with rosemary

To cook top round steak, follow these simple steps:

1. Preparation

Bеgin by taking thе stеak out of thе rеfrigеrator and allowing it to rеach room tеmpеraturе. This еnsurеs еvеn cooking.

Sеason thе stеak with salt and pеppеr or your prеfеrrеd sеasonings. You can also marinatе it for еxtra flavor among other round steak recipes.

2. Cooking

Hеat a skillеt or grill pan ovеr mеdium-high hеat. Add a small amount of oil to prevent sticking.

Placе thе stеak in thе pan and sеar it for 2-3 minutеs on еach sidе for a mеdium-rarе stеak. Adjust thе timе for your dеsirеd lеvеl of donеnеss.

Usе a mеat thеrmomеtеr to chеck thе intеrnal tеmpеraturе. For mеdium-rarе, it should bе around 135°F (57°C).

3. Resting

Rеmovе thе stеak from thе hеat and lеt it rеst for 5-10 minutеs. This allows thе juicеs to rеdistributе and kееps thе stеak moist.

4. Slicing and Serving

Slicе thе stеak against thе grain into thin strips. This еnsurеs tеndеrnеss.

Sеrvе your top-round stеak with your favoritе sidе dishеs.

Rеmеmbеr, top-round stеak is lеan, so it may not bе as tеndеr as othеr cuts. Howеvеr, propеr cooking and slicing tеchniquеs can producе a dеlicious and satisfying mеal.


Raw steak resting on black small tray with rosemary

Top-round steaks are pretty large cuts of meat and require significant seasoning. Marinating your top round well for 6-8 hours or overnight is recommended.

You can marinate it with a citric ingredient such as lemon juice or vinegar, which will help to tenderize it because the marinade absorbs into the flesh [1].

To avoid your seasonings running off the meat during marination due to the release of juices, you can season your steak right before cooking – if you prefer.

Before placing it to grill or broil, rub some melted butter or olive oil around the steak, then sprinkle your seasoning. You can rub the seasoning in to get it everywhere.

Ways to Cook Top Round Steak

Preparing top-round steak requires a variety of cooking methods at your disposal to ensure the best results.

Here are two of the best ways to cook top-round steak to perfection:

1. Steak On The Grill

  • Season and marinate your steak.  
  • Heat your grill, making sure it is hot enough.  
  • Place your steak on the grill and let it sear for 3-4 minutes on each side.  
  • Move it to indirect heat and cook it for a further 5-7 minutes, or until it has reached your desired top-round steak doneness. 

Also Read: How to Cook Steak on a Griddle

2. Cooking Top Round Steak By Broiling (Oven Baked Round Steak)

Top view of a steak with spices and wooden spoon close up image
  • Season and marinate your steak.  
  • Heat the oven to around 325°F. Make sure the oven has reached the heated temperature.  
  • Place your steak on a baking tray. You can put a wire rack under it to separate the juices that release.  
  • Place it in the oven for around 5–7 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to around 300°F for another 5-6 minutes until the desired doneness.  
  • You could cover the steak with foil before placing it in the oven and then keep the temperature at 325°F until done.

Oven Temperature For Cooking Top Round Steak

Oven machine with high temperature control close up image

For a 6-8 pound sirloin steak, preheat the oven to 325°F. If your meat is smaller or bigger, adjust the oven temperature at your discretion accordingly.

Make sure you preheat the oven adequately. Only place the steak in once the oven reaches the desired temperature. Drizzle the steak lightly with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

A meat thermometer ensures the steak is cooked to your desired level.

Putting your steak in when the oven isn't heated correctly won't seal properly. This mistake can cause the steak to lose excessive juices, resulting in a dry and tough outcome.

I've picked up an essential steak recipe tip: always pat the meat dry before cooking. This step ensures a better sear. If there’s any leftover marinade, it's best to discard it.

If you lose some of it, you can add more seasoning, but cooking a wet steak is not ideal for tossing onto a hot grill.

Hawksmoor – the British steak restaurant group explains that wet steak will struggle to form a decent crust and pick up unpleasant boiled-meat flavors.

How Long To Cook Top Round Steak

You can cook your steak for 10-12 minutes. Cook it less if you want it less done or longer if you want it more done, not medium-rare.

For a medium-rare inside, 10-12 minutes is the average time with a 145°F internal temperature.

Let Your Top Round Steak Rest Before Slicing

Fresh steak resting on cutting board

It is crucial to give your steak time to rest for a good 15-20 minutes after cooking, even at medium rare.

The resting time allows the heat to complete the cooking process, redistribute the juices, and even out the color and flavor of the meat.

If you slice the steak before it’s cooled off, it will release all its juices, and your meat will turn out dry and tough, resulting in very chewy bites.

You cook and cover the steak with foil to slow the cooling process further, leading to even better results in taste and texture.

How To Slice Top Round Steak

You want to do it against the grain when you slice this steak. It should have that marble effect.

“The marbling on these cuts means they’ll be succulent and juicy, perfect for a summer barbecue.”-
Fernando Larroude, Master Steaksman

Slicing against the grain helps retain the juices and keeps the meat tender. You can end up with tough, chewy bites when you cut it incorrectly.

Why Is Top Round A Good Steak For Grilling/Broiling?

Top view of freshly cooked steak

Grilled top-round steak is typically considered quite a lean and tough meat.

That naturally makes it great for grilling or broiling because the effect of a charcoal or gas grill or London broil adds a significant flavor profile.

You can easily tenderize the meat, making it juicy and flavorful.

The top-round steak comes from a more affordable portion of the cow and is considered one of the less expensive beef.

That makes the top-round steak budget-friendly for grilling and BBQs compared to other meats.

Another way a top round steak makes a good cut for broiling is an alternative to roasting it in the oven because many people prefer a juicy steak for Sunday roast – sliced with a side of gravy and mashed potatoes.

It also applies to a flank steak, especially if you use Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce for the marinade alongside seasonings like freshly ground black pepper.

Add ground beef to your meals since it can give you more variety.

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What Is the Best Method of Cooking Top-Round Steak?

Thе bеst mеthod for cooking top-round stеak involvеs sеaring on high hеat and thеn finishing in thе ovеn to еnsurе a tеndеr, flavorful rеsult.

How Do You Cook Round Steak Quickly?

You can cook round stеak quickly by using pan-sеaring ovеr high hеat. Sеason gеnеrously, sеar еach sidе for 2-3 minutеs, thеn finish in a prеhеatеd ovеn at 325°F until thе dеsirеd donеnеss. Rеst briеfly bеforе slicing.

How Can I Make the Most Tender Top-Round Steak?

You can makе thе most tеndеr top-round stеak by marinating thе mеat in acidic ingrеdiеnts likе vinеgar or yogurt for a fеw hours. This may aid in brеaking down tough fibеrs, rеsulting in a morе tеndеr stеak.


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Timothy Woods
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Timothy is a professional chef and the main man behind Carnivore Style. He’s an advocate of the carnivore diet, an athlete, and a pure health enthusiast. Timothy believes that a good steak is a great conversation starter, and his love for food eventually brought him to start Carnivore Style, a website designed for meat lovers and all things meat-related.
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