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Overhead image of a grilled reverse sear tomahawk steak that is sliced and laid out on a metal pan. There is a small mason jar filled with bbq sauce in the upper left corner and a bone that was cut off along the length of right side of the photo. Fresh parsley is scattered over everything randomly.

How to Cook a Tomahawk Steak

Tomahawk steak is meant for reverse searing on the grill. It will ensure the a juicy, tender steak every time. Every bite is sheer perfection!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook steak, reverse sear, tomahawk steak
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 695 kcal


  • 2.5 lbs tomahawk steak (2 inch thickness)
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup good quality butter
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic (minced or chopped)
  • bbq sauce, if you dig that


  1. Pull your tomahawk steak out of the fridge 1 hour prior to grilling. Set aside on counter.

  2. Preheat your grill to 225 degrees F. I used my Traeger for this recipe but any grill will suffice.

  3. Pat the steak dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt. I don't like black pepper but feel free to use it if you do. If you do want pepper on it I suggest waiting till you slice it after it's cooked.

  4. Transfer the tomahawk steak to the preheated grill. Put it on the grates and insert your meat probe. Close the lid and leave the steak on the grill, undisturbed until it reaches an internal temperature of about 115 - 120 degrees F. In theory this should take about 45 to 55 minutes, but every grill is different. That is why a meat thermometer is so important when grilling.

  5. Remove the steak from the grill and place it on a plate or cutting board. Tent it with aluminum foil and let it rest for about 10 minutes or so.

  6. While the steak is resting, crank your grill up to about 450 degrees F.

  7. Side note: At this time you should decide if you're going to sear the steak in a cast iron pan or directly on the grill grates. I did one side of mine in a cast iron pan and the other side directly on the grill to see if I noticed a huge difference. I didn't. Both sides were delicious!

  8. Place the steak on the grill directly or in a cast iron pan on the grill and sear all sides for about 1 minute or so. More if you like more char.

  9. Remove the steak from the grill and place it on a cutting board.

  10. In a small pan, warm up the butter on the grill. A cast iron pan works perfectly. Once the butter bubbles toss in the garlic. Cook for about 1 minute, or until garlic becomes fragrant. Remove from grill carefully.

  11. You can leave the garlic in the butter or strain the pieces out. Either way works.

  12. Carve the steak then pour butter over top.

  13. Serve!

Recipe Notes

Tomahawk steaks can vary in size from about 1.5 lbs to 3 lbs. Typically they can run anywhere from about $45 to $75 in Canada. The steak we used was purchased at Costco and was a Wagyu Tomahawk steak. Ours was $103.03 for one steak. Pricey but worth it. 


Serving size is subjective. If you're having lots of side dishes with it this can serve 4 people. If you're a meat lover then it's more likely to serve 2 people. The nutritional info is based on a 2.5 lb ribeye steak, as it won't calculate it if you enter tomahawk steak. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Cook a Tomahawk Steak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 695 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 203mg68%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 769mg22%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 57g114%
Vitamin A 397IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.