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This is a simple steak marinade to make and it is based on a famous Australian recipe. Rather than combining all the ingredients, like in many of our other easy steak marinades, the steak is first marinated in the ale and then the other ingredients make a spicy rub, which you apply to the steak. The salt and black pepper add typical flavors and the brown sugar adds a lovely sweetness. The ale will not be tasted on the steak after cooking but it does intensify the natural meaty flavor.
This is a different way of applying the seasonings but it works just as well as a conventional marinating technique where the meat is submerged in the marinating liquid and left to soak until it has absorbed sufficient flavor.
The steak is pan-fried in butter, giving it a rich flavor, although you can use oil if you prefer. Making your own Australian steak marinade works out less than a third of the price of eating the same dish in a restaurant and this is a really special steak marinade. You can serve French fries with this tasty steak if you like, or any side dish you fancy.
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup Scottish ale
2 teaspoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
Put a steak in a pan and pour the ale over it.
Cover the pan and chill for an hour in the refrigerator to marinate, turning it a few times.
Remove the steak from the refrigerator.
Combine the sugar, salt and pepper well, then dip the ale-marinated steak in the dry mixture, rubbing it all over the steak.
Cover the steak in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for half an hour.
Preheat a skillet to medium high and add the butter.
When the butter is nearly bubbling, add the marinated steak and cook it until done.
(Makes Enough Marinade for 1 ½ lbs Beef)
In this photo you can see the steak in a nice hot pan with some onions. Feel free to add onions to the pan if you have the room, since they will soak up the lovely juices from the meat and the flavor of steak combines well with the flavor of onions. When most people see a photo of a steak cooking they find their mouths watering, and this is no surprise because steak has such a magnificent taste. Whatever you pair it with, steak is guaranteed to fill up the hungriest belly.