Have you ever tried to cook a steak at home and it is just gross? It tastes like a piece of rawhide or worse. There are a couple of keys to getting a great steak.
First, you must buy a good cut of steak. Yes, they are expensive. I don’t eat steak everyday, do you? If you’re going to eat at home, you want to enjoy it. Buy a bigger package to cut the cost and go to cuts like top sirloin, filet mignon or New York strip. You can also use ribeye or Porterhouse. Look for a steak with nice marbling (lots of small white veins throughout).
The Perfect Steak Marinade
Let’s face it, my perfect steak marinade is probably not your perfect marinade. Steak is such an individual thing. I like mine medium, my husband likes his medium rare, my parents like theirs well-well done. I can’t stand well done steak. Too tough.
However, below is a marinade that I think is simple, tasty and keeps my steaks tender. I usually marinate overnight in a ziplock bag, but you can also marinate for a few hours if you are tight on time.
Honestly, especially when I cook this, I don’t measure anything, so you may not like this recipe if you like to measure. Try it my way, though. Throw stuff in here and there and see what happens.
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
- Fresh garlic
- Dijon mustard
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
I use about equal parts of the sauces, vinegar and olive oil. I just don't measure. So, if you like to measure, you could use say 2 tablespoons of each.
Press the garlic. I don't sell Pampered Chef, but I love their products. I use the PC garlic press for all my cooking, which almost always has garlic in it. You can use whatever press you like. Add in one or two cloves.
Add salt and pepper (a few shakes of each).
Add a squirt of Dijon mustard (maybe 1/2 teaspoon-you don't want much or it will overpower the other tastes).
Mix completely (I use a whisk).
Put steaks in ziplock bag and add the marinade. Let sit in fridge overnight preferably but for at least two to three hours. Enjoy perfect steaks, grilled or pan fried. Yum!