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In order to make the perfect steak, the right marinade or technique can make a big difference in how your steaks turn out. You don’t need a fancy, expensive cut either. Affordable cuts of steak like flank, sirloin, chuck and skirt work wonderfully with these recipes for a five-star dinner.
There’s a lot more to beer than just a simple drink in a bottle, including its marinating potential. Marinate your steak in a good brew for an hour or more before grilling, and it’ll add a beautiful flavor to your steak. Some recipes call for beer-battered steaks, such as one for chicken fried steak.
Coffee isn’t just for mornings. Whether or not you like to brew a strong pot at home, a coffee rub can also be applied to meat before marinating, adding a nice, rich flavor to your steak.
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Garlic has many health benefits, including possibly helping with the prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia. There are many easy ways to eat more garlic, including using it as a marinade or rub for your steaks.
There are a lot of easy dishes you can make with pantry staples like salt. Massaging any steak with coarse kosher salt at least 45 minutes before you grill it is a guaranteed way to bring out its natural juices and tenderness. The juices will dissolve the salt, creating a natural brine.
When life gives you lemons, there’s a lot you can make with them, including a lemon juice marinade. Acid is a great way to tenderize steak, and citrus always does the trick. Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice can add a kick to your meat just perfect for grilling season or Tex-Mex cuisine.
One of the simplest steakhouse secrets you need to know to make the perfect steak is use butter — and lots of it. In addition to adding a big pat of butter to the pan before cooking your steak on it, add more butter while cooking and keep spooning it over the steak to make it juicier and give it a nice, buttery flavor.
Like lemons and limes, oranges are highly acidic and, therefore, great for tenderizing meat. Even better, they’re also great for boosting your immune system.
Tea is a beloved drink around the world, and it’s packed with tenderizing tannins. Adding some strongly brewed tea will also bring an earthy flavor to your steak.
Wine doesn’t just pair with steak as a drink, it also has natural tannins that help tenderize the meat and its acidity helps the steak retain its natural juices.
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Yogurt can add a nice, tangy taste to your steak, as well as soften it slowly when marinating. Depending on what type you purchase, it also may be full of probiotics, which are great for your gut health.
It may seem like a pretty unusual meat marinade, but Dr. Pepper has a sweet, complex flavor that makes it great for marinades. Boost the saltiness of a recipe with a little soy sauce if you need to.
If you like spicy food, consider marinating your steak in hot sauce. You can go as spicy as you like or stick to a more mild sauce, but it’s a great way to pack your meat with flavor while also making sure you have a nice, juicy steak.
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Miso is a great addition to many things, even cookies, and a marinade with miso can give you a tender and flavorful steak.
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A versatile ingredient used in everything from salad dressings to all kinds of soup, vinegar is a great item to have on hand. As a marinade, its acidic quality will help you cook a tender steak.
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The sous vide technique is possibly the best cooking hack to have in your arsenal. Pack your steak into a vacuum-sealed bag with any herbs and spices you want, submerging it in hot water, where it cooks with the help of a sous vide cooker. And now that you know how to make a deliciou steak, learn how to cook chicken, turkey and other foods correctly.
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