Preparing a steak is not a difficult task, while many of us choose to slap it on the grill outdoors, or toss it in a cast-iron skillet on the stove top, there can be better ways to enjoy a good piece of beef. Marinating steak before cooking can add such personality and additional flavor. Yes, I know you purists believe steak should be cooked plain, without much seasoning, except for salt and maybe some black pepper – “Let the meat speak for itself,” but have you thoroughly considered the alternative? A little time spent in a simple marinade can make all the difference in the world.
Using a good soy sauce, like a dark Chinese soy sauce has intense flavor, however in these times you can go with what is in your pantry. Fresh garlic and a dollop of Dijon mustard is all that you need to send steak into a new orbit, and creating the most melt-in-your-mouth bite of beef you’ve ever tasted.
As far as cuts of beef, a good Hanger Steak or Butcher’s Cut, is a nice choice, however Flank or a thicker Skirt Steak will do just fine. Cutting it across the grain after cooking will ensure the right chew and tenderness expected after broiling. The broiler makes a nice alternative to a grill, less likely it will dry out, especially if you’re not watching it closely enough. Another good tip is to use foil under your meat while cooking, so clean-up is a snap.
2 pound Hanger, Flank or Skirt Steak, about 1 1/2 inches thick
1/3 cup dark soy or regular soy sauce
2 heaping tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
fresh soft herbs like chives, parsley or cilantro, optional
- In a casserole dish, add soy sauce, mustard, oil, garlic, salt and pepper, whisk.
- Add steak and coat in marinade on both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
- Preheat broiler and remove meat from refrigerator. Pat dry with paper towels. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Broil meat for 5 minutes on first side and 4 minutes on second side. Increase cooking time if you prefer your steak more well-done. Slice and sprinkle with fresh herbs. Enjoy!