Steak tips are a favorite in my household for their budget-friendly price and bold beefiness, and I love playing around with different ways to flavor them. My current favorite is a sweet-and-savory marinade of maple syrup and bourbon. Just a quick stint in this marinade infuses every bite with flavor, and searing them in a hot skillet gives them a gorgeous golden-brown crust.
Use the same pan to cook fresh asparagus until sweet and crisp-tender, and finish it all with a buttery sauce made from the tasty bits left behind from the steak. I promise it will rival anything you can order at a fancy-pants steakhouse.
Easy Maple Bourbon Steak Tips: Watch the Video
Selecting the Right Cut of Steak
This recipe uses a flavorful marinade, but it only penetrates the right cut of beef. Budget-friendly cuts like steak tips, flap meat, or flank steak have a looser grain of meat, which helps them easily absorb the marinade. Save the more expensive cuts like New York or ribeye, which have a tighter grain and therefore absorb less marinade, for simpler cooking methods.
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