This recipe was inspired by a reader of mine...Bob L. (who, I hope, is still reading my blog). He forwarded me a few recipes the he had enjoyed and that I have been meaning to try. The recipe that inspired this was from Epicurious.com. It looked so tasty and very simple, so I put it on my menu plan. The day I was going to put it together, though, I took another hard look at the recipe. Yes, it was simple and that is always good...but I worried a bit about the marinade. Chris is not a huge fan of fresh ginger, so I didn't really want that to be the star of the dish...and with this recipe, I could see it might be. So I decided to create my own marinade and I believe it was quite successful. Plus, this gave me an opportunity to use the fish sauce I had just recently purchased. The flavors I am using are similar to those I've put together before, but I can't help it...why mess with a good thing, right?
So, thank you very much, Bob, for the creative inspiration!
This marinade gave the steaks a wonderful salty, sweet, and just a tad bit spicy flavor. The steaks were tender and just melted in your mouth! I would rank this as one of my top steak marinades so far! As always, I will put a disclaimer regarding the Sriracha.... Add a little at a time, make sure it's at a spice level you can handle. If it's not spicy enough for you...add more! It's just always good practice to taste as you go. Never serve a dish without tasting it first!! Ok, lesson over :)
Grilled Asian Sirloin Steaks
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon fish sauce (or soy sauce)
2 Tablespoons sweet chili sauce
2 Tablespoons hoisin
1 Tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 lbs. sirloin steaks (or cut of your choice)
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the steaks. In a shallow dish or a resealable bag, place the steaks and pour the marinade over them. Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but I would recommend 4-6.
Preheat grill to medium high. Remove the steaks and place directly on the grill grates; discard the marinade. Cook the steaks 4-10 minutes per side depending on thickness and desired doneness...rare 130-135 degrees, medium-rare 140 degrees, medium 155 degrees, well done 165 degrees. Remove from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into them. Enjoy!