Is Eating Rare Meat Safe?

Not everyone appreciates a juicy medium-rare steak, much less a rare steak. The sight of pink and bloody meat might cause some people to turn away because they are concerned about bacteria like salmonella and E. coli.

So how dangerous is rare meat? Are there any risks in eating pink meat? Is there a safe way to consume light cooked meat?

The verdict is – yes, rare meat is safe, only if you prepare correctly and the meat is high quality.

At Marble 8, you can indulge in a steak meal with a peace of mind as only high-quality meat is served.

Bacteria only resides on the exterior of red meats

The truth is, the primary danger zone on a cut of meat is the bacteria on the outer surface, and it doesn’t penetrate the inside. You can kill most contamination and sterilize the meat by searing a whole steak cut. The only time you can find microorganism in the meat is from utensils used to cook the meat since it had already touched the raw meat.

To avoid contamination, use tongs instead of forks and sterilize the tongs between turns or wash them each time. When cooking a rare steak, the internal temperature of the meat should be 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit or 50-55 degree Celsius.

Is eating rare meat safe

Always fully cook ground meat

While it is safe to consume pink meat, it is a whole different story when it comes to ground meat. The grinder used to ground meat will spread bacteria from the outside to the inside of the meat. A burger patty could also contain meat from multiple different cows, which means the risk of cross-contamination is much higher.

You should always thoroughly cook ground meat all the way to the center to eliminate all bacteria. The ground meat needs to reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit or 71 degree Celsius internally.


There’s no need for steak lovers to give up their love for rare meat as long you prepare it with the right method with the right quality of meat. A food thermometer will help you guarantee you are cooking meat to the doneness you desire.

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