How to Get Perfect Sear Marks

Perfect sear marks on your grilled meat and vegetables not only look awesome, but also serve additional purposes. They seal in juices and help release the food from your grill.

And have we mentioned that they are not that hard to do? Learn hot to get perfect sear marks in four easy steps.

How to Get Perfect Sear Marks

  1. Make sure that your grates have a recent coating of cooking oil. You can also oil your meat or vegetables during prep.
  2. Get your grill hot. Preheat your grill for at least 15 minutes on high with the lid closed.
  3. Place your meat and vegetables on the grill. Let them sear. As they release from the grill naturally, you are ready for the next step. If there is a tug, it isn’t ready.

    HOT TIP If you aren’t sure, you can sneak a peek by tipping your spatula under one corner.

  4. Turn your meat or vegetables one quarter turn, or 45 degrees. Use the centre of the meat or vegetable as the axis point. This will help your cross hatch align. Let sear for a few additional minutes. This step won’t be as long as the first, because your food.
  5. Now flip to finish the cook. You can repeat the process to create sear marks on the the other side. But, be careful not to overcook.