The Best Steak Marinade for a Valentine’s Dinner at Home
Happy Friday, Everyone! It is a happy Friday for me as I am feeling so good after being sick for what seemed a long time in my feverish head. It was actually only a week and a half, but in cold years, I think that may be about 6 months! 🙂 The good thing about being sick is you really appreciate feeling good enough to do anything after that. Even cleaning my house this week seemed not so bad. I was just thankful to not be on the couch. Anyway, I hope you and your family have managed to miss the crud that is going around. Now that I can breathe, and am back to cooking again, I decided to post my favorite recipe for marinating steak. I know a lot of people go out to eat on Valentine’s Day, but a lot of people like to avoid the tremendous crowds that day, and fix a special dinner at home. That would be my husband and me. The restaurants in our area are crowded even when it isn’t a holiday, but on a day like Valentine’s Day, the wait would be so long anywhere you go. If I am going to fix a special dinner for my husband, steak would be his favorite thing. In fact, the dinner above would be pretty much perfect for him, minus the salad, and throw in some asparagus. And anytime I fix steak, this is the ideal marinade to me. It has so many flavorful ingredients, it really takes steak to a whole new level.
I think the key to marinating meat is to let the meat sit in the mixture overnight. But even if you don’t, this marinade has so much flavor, it still has a great affect on the meat even if you only let it sit for a few hours. But, overnight is better. There are actually 2 full Tablespoons of garlic and 2 Tablespoons of fresh ginger in this recipe. My mini-food chopper really came in handy for this as well as the cilantro. Then, you add sesame oil, and you have so much flavor going into the meat. I just can’t recommend it enough!
There is also an unusual (at least for me) ingredient that you might not be familiar with. It is called Mirin, and it is a sweet Japanese rice wine. I found it in the Asian section at Fry’s. It adds a lot to the mixture as well. If you can’t find it, you could substitute dry sherry or sweet Marsala wine. It will give it a little bit different flavor, but would still be good.
If you need any other recipes for Valentine’s Day such as a special dessert or a heart-themed appetizer, check out the Valentine’s Day category. I hope you have a great day, whether you spend it at home, with your kids, or have a romantic evening out. The key is to concentrate on letting others know you love them and not worrying about whether your Valentine’s Day looks like a Hallmark commercial. And it never hurts to add a little bit of red food coloring to mashed potatoes or ranch dressing either! Have a great weekend! 🙂
- 1 c soy sauce
- 1 c Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine found in Asian section of store)
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 full Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
- 2 full Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. sesame oil (also in Asian section)
- 1/4 tsp. dried chile peppers
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or large measuring cup.
- Place steak in deep pan. Pour marinade over steak and cover.
- Place in refrigerator overnight or for as long as possible. When ready to cook, discard marinade.
- Cook steak on bar-b-q until desired amount of doneness, turning every 5-8 minutes.
- Let steak sit for 10 minutes, covered with foil, before serving so juices stay in meat.
- Refrigerate any leftovers.
Recipe by Cook AZ I Do, given to me by my sister, Lori Ridenour