You Can Cook A Steak In A Waffle Iron, But That Doesn't Mean You Should

large steak with grill marks
large steak with grill marks - sweet marshmallow/Shutterstock

Okay, internet, we get it. There are plenty of things you can make in a waffle iron –- cookies, ramen, bacon, the list goes on and on. That being said, just because you can cook something in a waffle iron doesn't mean that it'll necessarily give you tasty results. Steak, for instance, is just all-around not a good choice for your waffle iron.

One TikTok user saw the idea of waffle iron steak as a challenge, and attempted to cook a large slab of beef in their waffle iron. However, as they point out in their video, this method takes much longer to cook through, in addition to requiring constant pressure on the iron's lid.

The waffle iron method of cooking steak also potentially poses the problem of temperature. The average waffle iron has a temperature range of 250 degrees Fahrenheit to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, while steaks are ideally cooked between 450 degrees Fahrenheit and 550 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, to get your steak cooked to a safe internal temperature of, say, 145 degrees Fahrenheit, you need to cook it for about 10 minutes.

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Things To Consider If You're Set On Cooking Steak In A Waffle Iron

Person greasing a waffle iron
Person greasing a waffle iron - AnikonaAnn/Shutterstock

To be fair, we can understand wanting to try cooking a steak in a waffle iron, if only to see what happens. So, to help you with your waffle-based experimentation, we have a few tips for you to keep in mind.

First, be sure to use cooking spray or savory fat to grease your waffle iron, both to prevent sticking and to add a little extra flavor to the steak. Next, you'll want to place your steak as far forward in the waffle iron as possible, allowing the hinge to close as much as it can with the meat inside. You'll get a more even cook this way.

As mentioned earlier, larger and thicker pieces of steak will take longer to cook through, so it might be worth the effort to take a meat tenderizer to the steak first to flatten it out. Lastly, you should always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your steak before you take a bite, regardless of the cooking method used.

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