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Spice up any cut of meat with a tasty and easy marinade. Soaking your steak in herbs, spices, wine, vinegar and other fresh ingredients allows you to add just the right amount of flavor, tenderize the meat, and bring out the wonderful natural flavors and juices of any cut of beef. A good marinade can also often improve the texture and moistness of the beef without sacrificing any of its own natural flavor.
There are many choices available to you, both wet and dry. Many of the ingredients for a great dry rub, or an incredible marinade you let your beef steak soak in for a few hours or overnight, can be found right in your cupboard or refrigerator without the need for special shopping trips for a hard to find list of ingredients. In fact, some of the best ones use no more than three or four ingredients.
A great one is going to impart a unique flavor - perhaps one from a foreign cuisine or a smoky barbecue into your oven-roasted or grilled steak. The first thing to do when choosing the best recipe is to determine two things - which type or cut of meat will you be using, and what flavor you want to add to your beef.
Marinades not only add a unique taste but also break down tougher pieces of meat, tenderizing it as well as helping it stay moist throughout the cooking process. This applies whether you want to use the broiler, bake it in the oven or add even more flavor by cooking it on a nice hot grill.
We here take steak very seriously and are true carnivores. In a house of four boys, one man and myself, the lone girl, cooking beef is not only a requirement but also a passion. Nothing is quite the same as steak night around our house and we love using different marinades to bring out the best taste.
That is why we have had our chef develop a winning group of easy recipes which we hope you love as much as we do. We also know that in the fast-paced world of today, time is precious and money can be tight, which is why we have had our writers develop a wonderful series of articles to help you get marinating and cooking your beef right the first time and every time you cook it for your family.
We have carefully compiled a growing collection of tried and tested recipe ideas which you can experiment with today in your kitchen or backyard grilling area, to get winning results each time you cook. We are very proud of these dishes and also the cooking information, and we hope you enjoy your stay with us. Please feel free to bookmark us in your favorite social bookmarking sites so you and your friends can come back often to get the best recipes for your dinner tonight.
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Christine and everyone here at Easy Steak Marinades
This marinade recipe is simple to make and one of our very easiest options. Such recipes do not have to be difficult and you can even get great results from a 3-ingredient one. It is a myth that the best marinades contain a lot of different ingredients because keeping the flavors simple always works best and every flavor you add will shine through, complementing your meat perfectly.
The following recipe is suitable for different cuts of meat and you should choose a tender steak such as tenderloin, strip, T-bone or rib-eye because this marinade is to give flavor rather than tenderize. Two steaks, about an inch and a half thick and weighing one pound each are great for this easy recipe but you could use it on three small steaks or one very big one instead. Of course, you can also double the recipe if you are cooking for more people.
Garlic is a classic flavor, when it comes to marinating, and actually garlic goes with most meat, poultry, and fish dishes. The garlic in the following recipe is combined with thyme for an herby taste, red wine for a bold flavor, olive oil and some salt and pepper. This might sound very basic but you will be amazing just how much flavor it is going to give your meat. For a juicy finish and a simple yet undeniably wonderful result, try this deliciously simple garlic and thyme delicacy.
6 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
˝ cup red wine
Coarse salt and pepper
Smash and coarsely chop the garlic cloves.
Combine the garlic, oil, red wine, and thyme in a bowl, add the meat and turn to coat.
Cover the dish and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning the steaks occasionally.
Heat the grill to medium-high and oil the grates lightly.
Remove the meat from the marinade and let the excess drip off.
Discard the marinating liquid.
Season the meat with salt and pepper, then cut each one in half, and grill covered until done.
Allow 12 to 16 minutes for medium rare.
A picture of a wonderfully cut ribeye steaks and ingredients to make a fresh easy marinade for them on a cutting board just waiting to be put together; marinated, grilled, and served piping hot and full of delicious flavor for your family dinner tonight. If you are still wondering whether to make this, the photo should make your mind up for you. How can you resist?
A ribeye is one of the classic cuts and it is very juicy and tender, thanks to the marbling throughout the beef. It remains tender throughout cooking because of the marbling.
Ribeye is cut from the roast that is located on the top of the cow's ribs and other names for this cut of meat are Delmonico, beauty, market steak, Spencer or entrecote. This is a boneless cut, because if it has a bone, it is a rib steak, not a ribeye.
It is important to choose quite a thick piece of meat when using a marinade and that applies to all our recipes. When marinating, use a steak between one inch and one and a half inches thick.
Before you put together the recipe, you will need to prepare the meat by trimming any excess fat off with a sharp knife. Score shallow crosshatched lines on both sides to allow the marinating liquid to soak through.
Ribeye stays tender right up to medium and is still edible when you cook it to medium-well which is not true of similar cuts. Grilling is the best cooking method for this.
This cut of meat is packed with flavor and anything containing red wine vinegar or red wine goes well with it. Garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and other strong flavors go nicely with this tasty cut of steak.
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A Guide to Making the Best One - If you have never tasted marinated meat before then you are in for a real treat because we have a collection of the very best recipes. Some of them only need to be left on for an hour or so and others can be used overnight for a stronger flavor or to tenderize a particularly tough cut of beef.
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When cooked properly, beef melts in the mouth. It is tender, full of flavor, and versatile enough to be cooked in plenty of ways. Perhaps you have already experimented with meat cooking, trying out different marinades, cooking methods, or trying out different cuts of steak.
Here are five useful cooking tips to help ensure your steaks come out beautifully:
1. Choose your meat with care. A steak which has marbling all over is going to come out juicy and flavorful whereas a lean filet mignon or top loin will need to be watched carefully. You can still get it juicy and flavorful, but it can overcook fast if you are not careful.
2. Browning the meat all over kills any bacteria, so do not be concerned about serving a rare piece of beef. Steaks cannot be contaminated with bacteria inside because cattle have thick skin (unlike poultry) so as long as the outside of the meat is browned your meal is safe to enjoy.
3. Use one of our simple marinades to enhance the flavor of your meat rather that to mask it. A recipe for marinating is used to bring out the meat's natural juicy flavor and to tenderize it.
4. If you are grilling, you will need a very hot grill, which will sear the outside of the beef and lock in the juices. Do not cut it open to check doneness because precious juices will escape. You can feel it instead. A rare piece of meat is soft. A medium one is springy. A well done one is firm. If you have a meat thermometer, a medium-rare one will be 145 degrees F.
5. Always let the meat rest for five minutes or more after cooking, to allow the juices to redistribute. This is for optimum tenderness.
There are many different recipes to choose from and these marinades are incredibly popular. You can choose from spicy ones, tangy ones, sweet ones, fruity ones or something else entirely. If you are new to marinating your meat, you will be pleased to know that there are many really simple ideas you can start off with, some of which only contain three or four ingredients.
Here are the best reasons to marinate:
Marinades add plenty of flavor to the meat and you can customize the flavor you are going for by using different combinations of herbs, spices, fruit juices and much more.
The acid in your marinating liquid will chemically alter the fibers, making your beef much more tender. Examples of acids include lemon juice, lime juice, wine, beer, and vinegar. Some foods also contain enzymes, which break down tough muscle fibers in the beef, and some of these foods are fresh ginger, raw onion, green papaya, and pineapple. Fermented products like buttermilk and yogurt contain bacteria to add moisture to the meat and help to tenderize it even more.
When steak is cooked at a high temperature over a flame, cancer-causing agents called HCAs are sometimes produced. Using marinades is thought to discourage HCAs to form on char-grilled meat. Marinating the meat will add plenty of flavor to your steak and most of our recipes are healthier than smothering a plain piece of meat in mayonnaise or a high-sugar sauce afterwards.
Not only does marinating your steak make it tastier and more tender but also you can choose from literally hundreds of different recipe ideas. The best marinade depends on personal taste and which type of meat you want to work with but, by following our recipes, you simply cannot go wrong.
Here is just a sampling of our delicious easy steak marinades recipes you'll find plenty more inside the site.
Beef and steak have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, although beef was not so popular before the civil war because cattle were not indigenous to the Americas. The first cattle appeared in the New World when the Spanish introduced them to Mexico in 1540.
The French and Spanish colonists began to raise cattle in the 1700s and they transported herds on the new railroads. Refrigeration cars were introduced in 1871, which transformed the industry and meant that cattle could be slaughtered and the meat could be transported more easily.
Tough cuts of beef take longer to cook than tender cuts. Shank, flank, and skirt steak are examples of tough cuts of beef and the earliest marinades were developed as a way of preserving and tenderizing the meat.
Heat turns the connective tissues found in meat to gelatin, which means that cooking can only partially solve toughness. Marinating liquids contain acids and enzymes, which break down the meat’s connective tissue and marinades, have been understood and used for hundreds of years throughout Asia, Europe, and the New World. Cooks discovered the tenderizing effects of wrapping their beef in papaya leaves before cooking in pre-Columbian Mexico. Today we know that papaya contains an active tenderizing enzyme.
Bottled sauces are an interesting part of the history of beef too. Bottled sauces have been available in the United States since the 1800s and some of these were used for marinating. Steak has been a symbol of American prosperity since the Second World War and marinating is more popular today than ever, with lots of recipes available that anyone can put together with ease.
Marinating steak makes it juicy, succulent and flavorful, and there are plenty of easy recipes to choose from out there. Use low fat cuts or tough ones like sirloin, flat iron, flank steak, hanger, and round steaks for marinating. Do not ruin an expensive one such as filet mignon, porterhouse, T-bone or New York strip by soaking it in an acidic mixture. Marinating tenderizes meat as well as adding flavor so do not use a marinade on meat which is already tender because you might ruin its texture. If you do want to, then limit the marinating time to 20 minutes, just in case.
It is a good idea to wash the beef before using the marinade in case there are any particles or bone fragments on the surface. Rub some salt and pepper on to the beef and some of your favorite spices if you want. You need to make sure the meat is completely covered in the marinade for it to work properly. Avoid reactive containers such as metal bowls if you are using an acidic mixture. A plastic or glass bowl or a Ziploc bag works much better.
You can use Worcestershire sauce, Italian dressing, oil, herbs, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice for your recipes and you might like to experiment to find the best ingredient combination. Start off with something acid-based such as fruit juice or vinegar and add herbs, oils, spices and sweeteners such as honey, molasses or brown sugar. If you use something very acidic like lemon juice for a twenty-four hour marinade, you can make even the toughest meat cuts tender. Egg white is a great tenderizer and does not add flavor to the meat.
It depends on the recipe you are using and the cut of meat you have picked out, but as a general rule a minimum of two hours is a good idea. Letting the meat soak overnight in the refrigerator is even better. The longer you marinate your steak the longer the ingredients have to soak into the meat, tenderizing, and adding flavor.
Do not give it more than twenty-four hours though, else the meat might go mushy. Meat needs to be kept cold until you cook it so always leave it in the refrigerator to avoid the risk of bacteria.
If you are using a moderately tender piece of meat, you will only want the marinade to add flavor, rather than tenderize the meat, so soaking the steak in the liquid for a couple of hours is all it will need.
Your meat should not take more than fifteen or twenty minutes on the grill. The best way to cook it is to grill it over a high heat until the outside is seared. You can broil it if you do not want to use the grill.
You can use any leftover marinade recipe to baste the meat while it cooks or you might want to use it for a sauce. In both cases, it is necessary to bring the leftover mixture to a boil first since it has been in contact with the raw meat.
Learning about marinating can involve trial and error so it is best to make some easy recipes first before experimenting with your own versions. Marinated meat is succulent, juicy and full of flavor and marinating is sure to transform even the toughest cut of beef into something tender and delicious.
The best ones help to enhance the natural flavor of the meat. These will contain ingredients which work well with each other and tenderize the meat as well as flavoring it.
Steak marinades are becoming increasingly popular. Some companies known for their condiments and sauces now produce bottled ones. However, the nicest are those that you can make yourself because it will taste fresher and you have complete control of what goes into it.
Ingredients vary, as do marinating times. A lot of recipes call for pungent or piquant ingredients like onion, chili or garlic. Marinating times vary from an hour to overnight but this depends on the recipe as well as the cut of beef you are using.
Beer, wine and sometimes spirits can make a tasty base for a marinating mixture. Cooking sherry is another nice choice but a lot of recipes call for a less potent base like soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce.
It is important to remember, if you want to make the very best-tasting one that marinades are meant to enhance the natural steak flavor rather than cover it up with heavy flavors. You will want to be able to taste both the marinade and the meat in the finished dish. This is why tasty vegetables and aromatic herbs are popular ingredients.
Different people have different opinions as to the best steak marinade so the best thing to do is experiment with different ideas and see which you prefer.
Find additional "Easy Steak Marinades" on our index page - just look through our categories to find that perfect one to use for your dinner tonight. Whether that be a charming American one or a tasty international marinating idea, you should find what you are looking for. We have everything from two and three ingredient ones to wonderful grilled steak recipes.
Most people have cooked a steak before but not everybody has made their own marinating solution. The best one is one that you put together yourself rather than using a bottled marinade and you can make a great one in just a few minutes.
There are plenty of different recipes including international ones, spicy ones, citrus ones, herby ones, and many more. All our ideas will enhance the meaty flavor of your steak and give it an added flavor too. Marinating the meat also breaks down the tough connective tissue to give you a tender and juicy piece of meat.
If you are new to making dishes like this then you might like to begin with a simple three or four ingredient idea. Once you have more experience, you can adapt existing recipes, perhaps changing the spices or using a different type of citrus juice. Some of the best ideas come from experimenting with existing recipes and making them your own.
If you enjoy spicy food or Asian flavors, you might like to try one of our international recipes. If you usually have BBQ sauce with your grilled meat, you will love our smoky BBQ sauce-based steak marinades.
There are simple recipes for everybody, no matter which flavors you find the most enjoyable. A good marinating recipe is quick to put together, easy to use and results in a juicy and tender piece of meat, which melts in the mouth and is bursting with excellent flavors.