This covers the entire process of how to grill marinated steak and it will be much better than Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Also, it’s listed in our Grilling on Charcoal article. In addition, it’s a part of our Grilling Main Courses Recipes Category. Finally, it’s shown in our All Main Courses Category.
Overview Of How To Grill Marinated Steak
Learn how to grill marinated steak outdoors such as this illustrated ribeye steak. Overall, the recipe’s instructions cover cooking on the grill, stovetop, and broiler oven.
What to Marinate Steak in for Grilling
The steak marinade homemade recipe is easy to make. To demonstrate, the recipe lists those ingredients. Also, because of the unique meat preparations, it can marinate in as little as 1 hour. All in all, the general minimum marinating time is anywhere from 30-45 minutes to overnight.
Timings to Grill Marinated Steak
Timings to grill marinated steak vary quite a bit. Smaller steaks grill significantly faster. While you can skip the marinade aspect, you’ll be thrilled and blown away if you use it.
The cooking process details are covered in the recipe. So, summarizing, grill it each side for 3-5 minutes, or more if it’s real thick.
About Marinated Steak Recipe
This particular recipe has been perfected over a multi-year period. Frequent questions are answered in this recipe, such as those here:
- Do you grill them on direct heat or indirect heat? If real thick, you’ll sear them on direct heat and finish cooking on indirect heat.
- Do you cover the grill or leave the top open? It depends; see recipe for details.
- Can it be cooked on the stove? Yes.
- Can I store them in the freezer and cook them in the future? Yes, if well packaged.
Marinated Meat Cold Storage
Store marinated meat in the refrigerator or the freezer. So, let’s now cover each of those.
Marinated Meat in Fridge
You can store the marinated steaks in the fridge. but no longer than 2-3 days. However, some have gone as long as 4-5 days.
Marinate Meat in Freezer
Save time and more marinade in the distant future, prepare to freeze them. But, don’t leave them longer than about 3 months in the freezer.
Best Way to freeze meat without freezer burn
Best Way to freeze marinated steaks without freezer burn
To prevent freezer burn, use a double bagging method. Regarding this, we used that method commercially for seafood as well. The result is that the product quality remains intact. And you don’t need the more expensive “freezer” food storage bags. Single bags, even single freezer food storage bags don’t seem to do well for long-term storage anyway. So, read on to see how to double-bag them.
Marinate the steaks for an upcoming dinner, along with future steaks. Then, when marinating’s done, you pull the steaks out of the marinade. Bag up each marinated future steak into an individual sandwich bag. And then, place those small steak bags into one large, gallon sized bag. Mark the large bag something like “Marinated Ribeye Steaks”. I usually get about 4 to 8 steaks in one large, gallon bag. Then, place the marked large bag into the freezer. So, in the future, you remove them individually, as needed from the freezer.
Defrost steaks without ruining them. To start, pull out some individually bagged steaks from the larger freezer bag. Next, begin the thawing process in one of the several ways. Here they are listed.
Preparing to thaw marinated steaks
Thawing Steaks in the Fridge
The safest known best practice is using the refrigerator. However, it requires planning 1-2 days beforehand. So, put the individual steak bags into the fridge 1-2 nights before the planned meal. Also, note that some refrigerators are colder than others (due to altitude, temp, etc.). Therefore, some might not be thawed out enough after 1 day and might need 2 days. For example, some of the steaks might be extra thick. Although I routinely have thawed out 1-inch steaks using this method it’s definitely the safest plan.
Thawing Steaks in the Microwave
You can use your defroster cycle on the microwave. So, if using the microwave defrost option, start with keying in just 1/2 to 3/4 of the meat weight. This is because every microwave I’ve owned in 30 years has slightly cooked the edges when keying in 100% of the true steak weight.
Also, as you don’t want the marinade leaking out, put them in a microwavable bowl and slightly open each sandwich bag. With using the reduced weight method for the microwave, I’ve never experienced that plastic bag odor or taste. Regardless, you can also remove all plastic and thoroughly wrap the steaks in paper towels. In this case, I have used both methods successfully.
Thawing Steaks in Cold Water
You can leave the steaks in their plastic bags and put them in a bowl of cold water. You’ll need to monitor it for food safety reasons as you don’t want to leave it out for too many hours. Usually, for 1-inch steaks, about 2-3 hours is the max I choose to follow.
Thawing Steaks by Leaving Them Out
This is not a good food safety practice to get into, although many have used this method and I have as well but only in the distant past. The absolute longest I ever leave out frozen steaks in a bowl on the counter is 2 hours. Then, I put them straight into the fridge.
More Outdoor Grilling Ideas
Here are some additional related outdoor grilling recipes. It’s a good variety and should give you some excellent additional grilling ideas.
- Ribeye Steak on Grill
- Chicken Fajitas on the Grill
- Pulled Pork on the Grill
- Barbecued Ribs from the Charcoal Grill
Nutritional Values of Steak
The calories are about 850 per 12 ounce marinated ribeye steak. Also, there are approximately 8g of carbs, and 70g of protein. Of course, more nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option.
Conclusion And Side Dishes for Marinated Steak
In conclusion, if you liked this marinated steak, check out this Steak Fajitas recipe for a similar flavor. And, for a solid change, enjoy choosing a variety of side dishes shown here.
- Cauliflower Broccoli Salad
- Salad with Romaine Lettuce
- Potatoes and Green Beans
- Onion Rings Homemade (and its Dipping Sauce)
- Corn on the Cob on the Grill
- Loaded Baked Potatoes
- Zucchini and Yellow Squash
- Egg Potato Salad
- Homemade Yeast Dinner Rolls
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- 1.5 lbs Steak Better if you can get about ¾ or 1-inch thick.
Steak Marinade Ingredients
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup lime juice
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- ½ tbsp chili powder
- ⅔ tbsp minced garlic ½ this amount if using garlic powder
- Combine the Marinade Ingredients and set aside.With the meat, cut it, if needed, into two steaks.Cut some deep (halfway down), long slits about every inch spaced apart. Each starts and ends about ½-inch from the edge. Place the meat into a bowl or plastic bag.
- Pour the marinade over the meat. Seal it well and place it in the refrigerator. Let it set for about 1-12 hours.
- Option 1: Grilling OutsideDrain all the steaks' marinade from the bowl or bag.Prepare a hot grill. Place the meat on direct heat initially for about 1-3 minutes, avoiding excessive charring. Flip it over, remaining on direct heat for another 1-3 minutes. Thinner steaks lean towards the 1-minute searing time each side.Check internal temp of the meat. If it needs further cooking, position the steaks to indirect heat and close the grill cover. When at your desired temp/doneness, remove and let them set for at least about 5-10 minutes before cutting into them. The meat will have a darker appearance than normal.
- Option 2: Cooking on the StovetopDiscard the marinade and place the steaks in a medium-high heat skillet to sear one side for about 1-3 minutes, managing it to avoid burning. If needed, add a little oil. Flip meat over and repeat for the other side for about 1-3 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to medium low.Check the internal temp of the meat. When at your desired temp, remove the steaks to set for about 5-10 minutes before cutting into them.The meat will have a darker appearance than normal, due to the marinade, and that is to be expected.
- Option 3: Broiling in the OvenPreheat broiler pan (or baking sheet with sides) at 500°F on middle shelf.Discard the marinade and place the steaks on a preheated broiler pan on the middle oven shelf. Cook one side for about 3-5 minutes, managing it to avoid burning. Turn meat over and repeat for the other side for about 3-5 minutes, or when done at desired internal temp.Check the internal temp of the meat. If longer time is needed, you can optionally turn steaks again. When at your desired internal temp, remove the steaks to set for about 5-10 minutes before cutting into them.