This Grilled Tomahawk Steak is the ultimate dinner for meat lovers! It’s tender, juicy and grilled to perfection, and it makes a show stopping presentation for your next cookout, holiday or special gathering.

Grilled Tomahawk Steak sliced on a platter

I serve beef often because my family is full of meat lovers! Grilled burgers are one of my family’s most requested meals, while I could eat oven baked meatballs or beef bourguignon pretty much every day.

This Grilled Tomahawk Steak, otherwise known as cowboy steak, is something I love to prepare because it’s a fabulous cut of meat with major wow factor.

There’s no basting involved and no fancy ingredients — it’s simply seared and grilled over indirect heat to the desired temperature.

Grilling is my favorite cooking method by far because of the smoky flavor that’s imparted to the food, the grill marks make food look even more appetizing, and there’s less dishes to wash.

Cooking tomahawk steak may seem daunting because it’s so large, but I promise that it’s one of the easiest steaks you’ll ever make and it’s guaranteed to impress!

Tomahawk steak on a white platter with parsley

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This grilled tomahawk steak is tender, juicy and grilled to perfection.
  • This steak is guaranteed to wow the crowd with its dramatic presentation.
  • It’s extremely easy to cook following my easy tips! Recipe also includes instructions to cook the steak in a cast iron skillet.
  • It’s a special dish for holidays, cookouts, Sunday dinner or date night.

Recipe ingredients

Bone-in ribeye steak has amazing flavor all on its own, so I’ve seasoned it simply with sea salt and pepper.

Grilled tomahawk steak recipe ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Tomahawk steak. This steak is also known as bone-in ribeye steak or cowboy steak. It’s typically about 2-3 lbs., about 2″ thick, and features a large rib bone that makes the steak resemble a tomahawk axe.
  • Seasoning. This cut of meat has a ton of flavor all on its own, so it’s great seasoned with just salt and pepper. You can certainly use your favorite seasoning or rub as well.

How to cook bone in ribeye

Cooking tomahawk steak may seem a bit daunting because it’s so large (and costly), but it’s very simple to do following my easy tips.

Pro tip:  Season the tomahawk steak and allow it to come to room temperature for about 1 hour prior to cooking.  This will ensure that it cooks faster and more evenly!

See the recipe card below for full instructions.

How to cook tomahawk steak
  • Season the steak with salt and pepper and let stand at room temperature.
  • Sear the steak for 3-4 minutes per side or until well browned.
  • Cook over indirect heat until it reaches medium temperature, or about 135 degrees.
  • Rest the tomahawk steak for a minimum of 10 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute.

Measuring doneness

Meat doneness is a personal preference. Some prefer rare, while others prefer well done.

I highly recommend cooking tomahawk steak to medium doneness to achieve a perfect tender, juicy steak. If you don’t like your steak too pink in the middle, shoot for medium well.

I don’t recommend cooking this meat over 150 degrees and it will be on tough, dry side.

  • Rare temperature is 125 to 130 degrees F.
  • Medium rare temperature is 130-140 degrees F.
  • Medium well temperature is 140-150 degrees F
Tomahawk steak on the grill

FAQs

What are Tomahawk steaks?

Tomahawk steaks are essentially large bone-in ribeye steaks. They’re also known as cowboy steaks or cowboy ribeye, and include a long, french trimmed rib bone.

Tomahawk steak price

The base price for a tomahawk steak is about $18.99 per pound. The price will go up significantly for wagyu and grass-fed varieties.

Tomahawk steak size

Bone-in ribeye steaks typically run about 2-3 lbs. each and are about 2″ thick.

What is indirect heat on the grill?

Using indirect heat on the grill is ideal for foods that take longer than 20 minutes to cook. This prevents flare-ups, which can burn meat and cause harmful carcinogens.

To cook, sear the meat on both sides over medium high heat. From there, reduce the right and left burners to a temperature of medium low and turn the middle burner off. Place the food over the middle burner, and cook until it reaches the appropriate temperature.

Can I cook this steak in a cast iron skillet instead?

Like my pan seared steak, this Tomahawk steak can also be cooked in a cast iron skillet. Simply sear the steak over medium high heat on both sides for 3-4 minutes or until browned, then finish cooking in a 350 degree oven.

What is the best temp for bone in ribeye?

For the perfect tender, juicy bone in ribeye steak, cook it to medium doneness, or a temperature of about 130-135 degrees. For a rare steak, cook it between 120-130 degrees, and medium well between 140-150 degrees.

Grilled tomahawk steak sliced on a platter finished with chopped parsley

Serving suggestions

There are a variety of ways that you can serve up this amazing grilled tomahawk steak.

Recipe tips

  • Pro tip:  Season the tomahawk steak and allow it to come to room temperature for about 1 hour prior to cooking.  This will ensure that it cooks faster and more evenly!
  • The serving size above is based on a 1/2 lb. serving per person.  The bone is included in the weight of the steak above, which is roughly a 1/2 lb.
  • To cut bone-in ribeye, cut along the bone, then slice the meat.  Place the sliced meat on a platter next to the bone for a dramatic presentation.
  • To cook in a cast iron skillet, simply sear the steak over medium high heat on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until browned, then finish cooking in a 350 degree oven.
Grilled tomahawk steak sliced on a white platter

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Grilled Tomahawk Steak sliced on a platter

Grilled Tomahawk Steak

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Ingredients

  • 2.5 lb. tomahawk ribeye steak
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste

Instructions 

  • Pat the tomahawk steak dry with paper towels and season all sides with salt and pepper, using more as needed to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 30-60 minutes,
    2.5 lb. tomahawk ribeye steak, 1 teaspoon sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Preheat to grill to high. Sear one side of the tomahawk steak over direct heat for 3-4 minutes until browned, then flip and repeat on the other side.
  • Turn the middle burner off and reduce the left and right burners to medium low (you want to maintain a temperature of 350 – 375 degrees). Place the steak over the middle burner and cook over indirect heat for about 30 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the steak registers 130-135 degrees for medium doneness, flipping halfway through. Begin checking the steak for doneness after about 20 minutes of indirect cooking.
  • Remove from heat, cover loosely with foil and let stand for 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute. After resting, cut along the bone to remove, then slice. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Pro tip:  Season the tomahawk steak and allow it to come to room temperature for about 1 hour prior to cooking.  This will ensure that it cooks faster and more evenly!
  • This steak takes a while to cook, so it’s best to cook it over indirect heat to prevent flare-ups, which can burn the steak.
  • The serving size above is based on a 1/2 lb. serving per person.  The bone is included in the weight of the steak above, which is roughly a 1/2 lb.
  • To cut bone-in ribeye, cut along the bone, then slice the meat.  Place the sliced meat on a platter next to the bone for a dramatic presentation.
  • To cook in a cast iron skillet, simply sear the steak over medium high heat on both sides for 2-3 minutes or until browned, then finish cooking in a 350 degree oven.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5lb., Calories: 472kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.2g, Protein: 46g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 138mg, Sodium: 699mg, Potassium: 611mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.003g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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