Marinades are a great way to infuse flavor into your meats. Some marinades can even help tenderize tough cuts of meat like steak. But if you’ve ever gone to your local grocer and bought a bottle of pre-made marinade, you may want to take a look at the back label. Most likely you will see one (but most likely more) of these ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, modified food starch , food dyes, anti-caking agents, natural flavors, etc. Ugh. Gross.
So how do you avoid all this? Make your own of course! This Korean-Style Steak Marinade is by far our favorite steak marinade. We like to use it with flank, skirt or Longon broil cuts the most, but it will work with any cut of steak.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar (you can use sake instead if you have it)
- 4 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
- 3 scallions, minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 pound steak
- 1 tablespoon olive or cococut oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Get your grill ready!
- Combine honey, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, scallions, ginger, sesame and olive oils, and Salt & pepper in a large Ziplock bag
- Add the steak and coat well with the marinade
- Let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, turning once
- Remove meat from marinade and grill on each side for 2 to 3 minutes, for mediumrare
- Remove from grill, cover and let rest for 5 minutes
- Slice thinly against the grain.
Kitchen Tips and Pics
Chopping and mincing your garlic and ginger with a knife is fine, but it takes a while and a lot of effort to get a super fine mince. Instead, use a Microplane. It only takes a couple seconds and you get a nice grated product that you can shave right into whatever your making.
Make clean-up quick and easy by using a large Ziplock bag to marinate your meats. Once you remove the meat, just toss the bag and your done!
Save yourself from a possible mess by folding the bag over itself and placing it on a tray or plate in case it decides to leak.
This steak recipe goes great with some grilled scallions. Just take a bunch of scallions, coat them very lightly in olive or coconut oil, throw a little S&P on them and grill them right next to your steak.
The steak and onions go even better with a side of spinach and some Sesame Soba noodles!