How to Score a Steak

by Joshua McCarron

Scoring a steak helps marinade get into the meat.

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Steak is a favorite food of many people, and comes in many different cuts, thicknesses and textures. Some chefs like to score the surface of a steak before cooking, to help the absorption of marinades or prevent the steak from curling if cooked with high heat. Scoring a steak only takes a few seconds and is not difficult to do.

Lay your steak flat on a cutting board.

Hold your knife in one hand, and place the palm of your other hand on the steak to hold it in place.

Run your knife diagonally across the surface of the steak, from one edge to the other. Make the slices about ¼-inch deep, and space them roughly 1-inch apart.

Turn the steak over and score it on the other side. Marinate it or throw it in the pan or on the grill.


  • Score your steak with a diamond pattern if you’d like to enhance the presentation.

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About the Author

Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.