Steak Marinades For Grilling The Perfect Steak
Steak marinades have been around for hundreds of years, and for good reason. Marinating a steak before grilling it can help tenderize the steak, and marinade especially helps improve tougher cuts of steak (such as flank steak). Most steak marinades contain enzymes and acids that help break down the steak’s connective tissues, which are hard to chew. Go overboard with the marinade, however, and you risk grilling a mushy steak.
Most good steak marinades are oil-based and contain no more than 3-4 ingredients (see the recipe below).
Here are steak marinating tips:
•Depending on the type of marinade and cut of steak, you can marinade for as little as 15 minutes or as much as overnight in the refrigerator.
•Marinating steaks work best with steak kebobs or medium thickness steaks (between 1 inch and 1.5 inches thick).
•The best marinades for steaks are designed to enhance the flavor of the steak, not cover it up.
•While you’re grilling the steak, you can use extra marinade to baste the steak, but watch out for flare-ups of flames that might burn your steak. After the last dose of marinade, be sure to cook the steak another 2 to 3 minutes to burn off the bacteria from the raw steak that soaked in the marinade.
•To avoid the messy clean-up that comes from oily marinade dishes, use a large Ziplock bag to marinade your steaks.
Here’s a simple, delicious steak marinade recipe that you can make in just minutes.
Steak Kabob Marinade Recipe
1 ½ cup salad oil
½ cup vinegar
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 tsp dry mustard
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