How to Put an International Spin on Your Steak
Are you bored of your same-old steak routine at home? As the Olympics gear up this month, it’s the perfect time to think about internationally inspired ways to dress up your steak.
Read through our list of recommendations below, and start cooking today!
Latin America: Carne Asada
Carne asada means “grilled beef” in Spanish. This classic dish brings together simple, fresh ingredients for incredible flavor. This dish is typically made using flank or skirt steak, which is a thin, tender cut.
Make your own carne asada by marinating your steak in a mixture of lime juice, salt and pepper, and oil. Serve with freshly chopped onion, cilantro, tomato or other favorite toppings.
China: Mongolian Beef
Make your own version of this take-out staple at home. Look for a recipe that explains how to marinate and cook your steak, and then combine with ginger and garlic and add in the scallions for that signature Mongolian Beef flavor. Serve over sticky rice and eat with chopsticks for the complete experience!
Korea: Barbecued Short Ribs
Korean short ribs are a favorite across the globe for their tender texture and savory flavor. Making your own Korean short ribs at home is also fairly simple, and is mostly a matter of selecting the right cut of meat and making an easy marinade.
Ask your local butcher to help you select a short rib cut that is sliced into a long, thin strip. Make a sauce of sesame seeds, onion, garlic, ginger and soy sauce, and let your meat marinate for at least a couple of hours or overnight. Cooking your short ribs will only take a couple of minutes under the broiler. Serve up with your favorite veggies or rice and enjoy!
Italy: Beef Cutlets in Tomato-Garlic Sauce
This traditional Italian dish, called “braciole alla pizzaiole,” features thinly sliced sirloin steaks that are simmered in a savory tomato sauce. Cooking your steak is made easy by simply browning the meat in a skillet and combining with sauce. Serve over al dente pasta for an authentic Italian feast!
Hawaii: Pineapple Beef Kabobs
While not technically international, these Hawaiian-inspired steak kabobs are still an exciting way to change up your steak routine. Making these grilled kabobs couldn’t be easier; simply mix a marinade and add 1-inch pieces of sirloin steak. Use wooden skewers to combine steak with pineapple, onion, bell pepper, or other veggies or fruits of your choosing. Add to a hot grill, and cook for only 8-10 minutes. That’s it, and your crowd-pleasing dish is ready to eat!