Really Quick and Really Tasty Marinated Steak

The weather has been so beautiful that we decided to grill. There was a steak in the fridge and we were ready to go outside to BBQ. So I had to find a quick way to add a lot of flavor. And I found this amazing recipe.  I just threw some garlic and equal amounts of maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce into a shallow dish. I let the steaks marinate for 15 minutes and grilled them. They came out perfect.  The flavors are so bold that it doesn’t take long to infuse the steaks with flavor. The recipe calls for sirloin flap steaks but I used a top sirloin and cut it in half to make two thin steaks. A more tender cut would be better, but the flavors really came through in the top sirloin also.

The taste is a little sweet, a little salty, a little tangy and very delicious. In terms of ease and convenience, this recipe cannot be beat. You just throw steaks into some pantry ingredients and go! You barely need to wait for the flavors to seep through. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal when you don’t feel like running to the store. It’s also perfect for a lazy way to make a great-tasting meal. Or when you can’t wait to go outside to grill because the weather is so amazing!

Adapted from Gourmet

Quick and Easy Marinated Steak

serves 2

3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds sirloin flap steaks

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a shallow dish. Add steaks and flip so they are coated on both sides. Let marinate at least 15 minutes, and up to 45 at room temperature.
  2. Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Discard marinade.
  3. Oil grill grates and grill over high heat, about 3 minutes each side for medium rare.
  4. Remove from grill and tent with foil. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.

top sirloin steak

Here’s the steak I started out with: a two pound top sirloin.

top sirloin steak cut in half

I just sawed it in half to create more surface area for the marinade to soak into.

top sirloin steak marinade maple syrup balsamic soy sauce garlic

Let it hang out in the marinade while the grill is heating up. You could also just sear it on both sides in a reasonably hot pan, preferably one made of cast iron.

grilled sirloin steak

It’s pretty important to let the steaks rest after they’re done grilling. It lets the steak finish cooking and also helps the juices reabsorb into the meat and become tender.

grilled marinated steak

Serve it with some balsamic asparagus and you’re all set with a quick and easy meal!

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