I went to the store the other day and they had an amazing sale on not so quality cuts of meat. Granted the steak that I picked up was a rib-eye, it didn’t have marbling and it was cut quite thin. However, I figured that it would be a good time to discuss how to make substandard meat extraordinary. Through the use or rubs, marinades and sauces you can improve the flavor of steaks. However, marinades also help tenderize a steak. So the perfect addition to any substandard cut of meat is to use a marinade. Below I used a Korean inspired marinade to tenderize and flavor my not-so-perfect cut of steak.
The spicy sweet marinade did a double feature and was reduced in a pan to create an amazing sauce for the steak and rice.
Korean Steak Marinade
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 white wine
- 3 tbs sugar
- 4 cloves garlic- (Finely Diced)
- 1 tbs red pepper flake – (optional but adds a nice back end heat)
- 1 tbs sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
Place the steaks in a zip-top bag and then add the marinade ingredients. No need to dirty a bowl, just mix everything up so that the sugar dissolves.
Next allow the meat to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Pour the marinade out of the bag into a sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Let it simmer until it reduces by 1/3.
Preheat your grill to Medium/High.
Place the steaks directly over the heat and grill for 2-4 minutes depending on the thickness of your steaks.
Flip and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Check to make sure that the steaks are done to your liking and remove from the grill. Let the steaks rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
Serve the steaks over steamed rice with the reduced sauce.
The steaks were perfectly tender and flavorful.
Now I would not recommend using a marinade on a nice cut of meat. However, sometimes it is nice to get a unique flavor profile with the texture of steak. That is where the $5 steak comes in.