How to Cook Spinalis Steak in the Best Way Possible

If you've decided to cook this premium cut of meat, you need to do it right.
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Are you looking to treat yourself to a decadent meal? If you really want to spoil yourself and cook a meal you won’t forget, then it’s you cooked a spinalis steak!

Spinalis steak is the cap of the Ribeye; it’s the most premium part of the ribeye steak. This particular cut makes for a mind-blowingly tasty steak because it’s tender and comes packed with flavor. It’s made using the muscle known as spinalis dorsi, which is located at the cap of the Ribeye. It’s not a part you get so easily as you have to ruin the entire prime rib/ribeye set to cut it away.

There are different types of spinalis steaks, and in case you’re looking for a special treat, you can even try a wagyu spinalis steak. So, how do you prepare such a prime piece of meat? Let’s find out, shall we!

What is Spinalis/Ribeye Cap Cut?

How to Cook Spinalis Steak in the Best Way Possible

In case you are not familiar with ribeye and its various cuts, let us fill you in. The ribeye is the cut of beef that comes from the outer part of the ribs. It’s essentially the most flavorful cut and every steak lover’s dream!

The ribeye is used in different and creative ways to make steaks. The ribeye cap (which is technically called the Spinalis Dorsi) is cut away and then rolled to produce the spinalis steak. Since the ribeye cap is extremely juicy and flavorful, the spinalis steak also comes packed with flavor.

The spinalis steak is marbled and has a soft, sponge-like texture which makes it a treat to eat.

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Spinalis Steak – The Recipe

The taste and aroma you get from grilling are totally out of this world. The steak is cooked crispy and slightly charred. Here’s the simple yet delicious recipe:
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4 people
Calories 278 kcal


  • 1 spinalis steak
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp butter


  • The first thing you need to do is prepare your grill. In case you do not own one you should buy a grill set to do your spinalis steak justice!
  • The ideal grill for this recipe is a charcoal grill but you can also make do with an electric or pellet grill.
  • You need to prepare your charcoal grill for two zone cooking by placing coals under one half of the grill grate. So light your grill using a BBQ lighter.
  • Use salt and black pepper to season your steak.
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  • In case you want some more flavor in your steak, it’s a good idea to use steak seasoning – the Cowboy Steak seasoning by the Spicewala is a great option!
  • If your steak is thick, it is a good idea to season it on the sides as well!
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  • Once the seasoning is done, place the steaks on the indirect-cooking side of the grill. We would highly recommend purchasing a to get this recipe right.
  • If you have a leave-in probe thermometer, insert the probe in so your steak cooks perfectly! The ideal temperature for the steak is 100°F (63 °C) so set that on the temperature alarm and close the grill.
  • Keep an eye on the temperature in the grill and try to make sure it does not go over 350°F and below 250°F.
  • When it hits the perfect temperature, you can move the steak and place it on the grates over the coal.
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  • Cook the steak over here for around a minute, rotate it by 45° and top it off with some butter.
  • Flip the steak and keep checking the temperature.
  • Your steak should be done when the internal temperature hits 125–130°F (52–54°C), after which you can remove it from the heat.
  • Let the steak rest for a couple of minutes and then slice it to see how perfectly cooked it is.
  • And of course, enjoy!



Calories: 278kcal

Hacks and Tips

Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your steak cooks tender and juicy every time!

  • A spinalis piece can be quite expensive, so make sure you cook it carefully as to not waste your money.
  • Be mindful of the temperature of the steak at every step. This will allow you to cook your steak to perfection.
  • Keep the seasoning simple! Since the steak is already super juicy, just adding salt and freshly ground black pepper is enough. However, you can also purchase some premade seasonings if you want some extra flavor.
  • Eat it slowly. Appreciate and savor every bite since the spinalis steak is a premium cut. It’s as juicy and flavorful as a steak can get!

Get your hands on a wagyu spinalis steak if possible! Since wagyu steak is rated extremely highly, so is its rib cap. A wagyu spinalis steak is the best of the best!

Final Thoughts

When it comes to steaks, the spinalis steak is the ultimate steak experience. Whether you’re a meat enthusiast, or simply someone looking for a special meal, the spinalis steak is an investment that will not let you down.

However, keep in mind that it’s important to cook it correctly if you want to make the most of it. Make sure you pick a recipe that’s easy to follow and you are confident about getting right. This will ensure that your spinalis steak pieces are worth the time and money.

You should also have the right utensils and tools including a grill set, BBQ knives, and most importantly; a BBQ thermometer! Stay vigilant regarding the temperature of the steak during the cooking process so it cooks perfectly!

As long as you follow all of our tips and tricks, you will surely have the ultimate steak experience!

Good luck!

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