How much does a common cut of steak weigh?
- A) 4 ounces
- B) 6 ounces
- C) 12 ounces
- D) All of the above
If you guessed all of the above, you’re right!
Whether it’s filet mignon, ribeye, sirloin, or a different type of cut, steaks usually weigh anywhere between 4-12 ounces. However, the size of the meat isn’t nearly as important as how it tastes.
When it comes to cooking delicious steak recipes, the secret rests in the seasonings and marinades. In this short steak guide, we’ll show you 3 ways to make an unforgettable steak meal. Whether you want to switch things up with a peanut butter flavored piece of meat or stick with a traditional garlic butter blend, we’ve got you covered.
Read on to decide what steak recipe you’ll be making this week.
- West African Steak Recipes
Let’s kick off our list of steak recipes with West African Steak Kabobs, popularly called,” Suya”. As you embrace your new foodie lifestyle, Suya gives you the perfect opportunity to create unusual food combinations. The recipe uses a tomato, peanut butter paste, along with a few spices, to create an edible masterpiece.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 large cut of steak
- 1 cup Chunky peanut butter
- ½ cup Tomato paste
- 3 tbsp Allspice
- 3 tbsp Crushed red pepper
- Ground ginger
- 1 onion
Traditionally, Suya’s made with creamy peanut butter. However, we enjoy the extra layer of texture the crunchy option brings to the table. Once you have all of your ingredients, you’ll use a food processor to grate the onion. Next, add in all of the other ingredients, and let them blend.
After everything’s blended, cover large chunks of steak in the marinade and let it sit for half an hour, or more. Now, all you’ll need to do is skewer and grill the steak!
Suya Tips and Tricks
The key to making mouthwatering kabobs starts by choosing high-quality ingredients. Instead of getting a cheap peanut butter that uses fillers, go with an organic brand that only contains peanuts and salt.
Next, make sure you’re using high-quality meat as well, such as sirloin. Lastly, the longer you let the steak marinade the better. If you have hours or can wait overnight, go for it!
Spiced Indian Steak Bites
If you’re looking for a bite-sized recipe with a big flavor then you have to try making spiced Indian steak bites. First, you’ll need to choose either a quality piece of a flat iron or skirt steak. Next, use your best set of steak knives to slice the meat up into small chunks, about ½ an inch each.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to spice your steak bites:
- 2 tsp thyme
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tbsp butter
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp black pepper ground up
Mix all of the ingredients on the list above into a large bowl. Next, toss the steak bites in the bowl and coat them with the seasonings. After 15 minutes of letting the meat sit, you can begin to heat your skillet. Carefully pour ¼ cup of olive oil into the skillet before it gets hot.
Once the olive oil’s shiny looking, the meat in the skillet, and sear each side. We suggest only cooking half of the steak bites at a time to make life easier. Especially since, you’ll have to move quickly to be able to sear the meat, while still keeping it medium-rare. If you prefer your steak well done, leave the chunks in the skillet a minute longer.
How to Make the Meat Extra Juicy
Using a spatula, remove the seared meat, and set it on a plate. Finally, pour any leftover juices on top of the bites. As the meat sits on the plate it’ll continue to cook for a few minutes. As the meat sites, it’s redistributing juices, ensuring that every bite will be dripping with flavor.
The result will be a well seared, brown, outside bite with a tender, juicy red inside. Did you want to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal? You’ll find that the spice of the steak bites pairs particularly well with a ripe pinot noir.
Simple Garlic Butter Steak
Sometimes a spicy steak isn’t what your palette’s craving. When you’re looking for a comforting cut of meat, that makes you feel at home, you should try making a garlic butter steak.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 boneless top sirloin steak ¾ pound
- 3 separate tbsp soft butter
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 1 tbsp garlic
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Salt and pepper shaker
Start by mixing 1tbsp of butter, with parsley, soy sauce, and garlic. Next, sprinkle the sirloin steak with salt and pepper to your liking. Begin heating a large skillet over medium heat, and once it’s warm add the last 2 tablespoons of butter.
Once the butter’s melted, place the steak in the skillet. Cook the steak for 3-7 minutes on each side, depending on how you like your meat. Rare steaks only need 3 minutes, whereas a well-done piece of meat will need the full 7 minutes or more.
Savory Steak Secrets
If you want your steak to be extra savory, let it sit overnight after sprinkling it with salt and pepper. You should also feel free to add a lot more salt and pepper than you normally would since the meat will absorb a lot of the seasoning as it sits overnight.
Next, after you’re done cooking the meat, let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Finally, try serving your steak with food items that will complement its flavor. For instance, garlic butter is the perfect condiment when you’re eating a garlic-seasoned steak.
What’s Your Favorite Meal?
Which one of the steak recipes from this article are you going to try first? If you’re going to be cooking for a lot of people, we suggest buying flat iron steaks, since they’re delicious, without being as expensive as a ribeye or tenderloin.
Remember that letting the meat marinate overnight helps the flavors come to life. Pick a recipe from this list that you can prepare tonight, and enjoy tomorrow! For more tasty tips and fun life tricks, read another article from our blog.