Beef. It’s what’s for dinner, right? Of course right.
In Nebraska we’re big beef eaters. Growing up on a farm, eating steak for supper was a fairly normal occurrence for us. Now as an adult, I’m thankful that my parents still live on a farm and spoil us with meat. Sam and I love to grill burgers or steaks and use ground beef in some of our favorite meals.
I like steak. BUT I like it better when it has lots of flavor. A couple of years ago I found a marinade recipe on Allrecipes.com that we have really enjoyed. I’ve personalized the recipe to our tastebuds, but my thanks goes out to the original creator!
You will need:
Steak – I used KC strip steaks. This is a good cut of meat, so I was marinating mainly for flavor and not to tenderize the meat.
Olive oil – I like to use extra virgin olive oil or ‘EVOO’ as Rachael Ray would say!
Spices of your choice – I used dried parsley, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper
This recipe is pretty forgiving… I never really measure anything, so I’m going to give you a rough estimate of what I use for two steaks. You can totally customize it to suit your taste or follow these measurements.
In a small bowl, combine a 1/2 cup of olive oil, 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice, 3 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 3 Tablespoons of soy sauce, and 1 heaping Tablespoon of minced garlic. Add dry spices to your taste.
The lemon juice provides the acidic content a marinade needs in order to tenderize the meat. I didn’t use very much lemon juice because a strip steak doesn’t need a lot of tenderizing. With less tender cuts of steak (flank or sirloin, for example) you may need more lemon juice.
Put the steaks in a ziploc bag and pour the marinade over top. Seal the bag, squeezing out the excess air. You can let them marinate in the fridge for up to 8 hours – just remember to let them come to room temperature before grilling.
I’m not going to tell you how to cook them, because Sam is the grill master in our family. He does a fabulous job – look at those pretty grill marks! I do know that he cooked them for about four minutes on each side on medium heat. We like our steak medium rare and they turned out perfectly!
Delicious! A perfect supper for a lovely spring evening. This marinade is also fabulous for chicken. I love serving pasta and alfredo sauce on the side too!