My DH has had some fun this summer, grilling on our little itty bitty charcoal grill. We had never had one before; I’m not sure why, to be honest! We just never got around to buying one, I guess because it’s a little awkward when you live in an apartment. But around Father’s Day, my DH determined that he was going to get one of those little cheap-o charcoal grills at Target by hook or by crook. Thankfully, neither hook nor crook was necessary, as his brother happened to have an extra one on hand. Still a cheap-o little charcoal grill, but one that had only been used once, and was in great condition. And FREE! Can’t beat free!
One of the first things we (by which I mean my DH) grilled was New York Strip Steak. Now, I know what you’re thinking. El Cheapo grilled steak? And New York Strip Steak at that?!
Yes, I know. It was highly out of character for me. But it was for Father’s Day. My DH is a great dad and he loves steak, so I decided to treat him with fancy schmancy steak in our not-so-fancy-schmancy grill. (Note to the mommies out there: this is a very sneaky way to get your husband to make his own Father’s Day dinner without him hardly even realizing it. Shameless, I know!)
And yes. I know. It’s July, and Father’s Day was a month ago. What can I say?
But it doesn’t have to be Father’s Day to enjoy grilling steak. Any old day is perfect for grilled steak. And what I love about this recipe is its speed – no need to think ahead and marinate for hours on end. For one thing, that’s not necessary with a good steak. For another, marinating for hours on end will not get you any better results than this simple salting method. I guarantee. Why take all day when 25 minutes will do?
- 2 lbs. steak, each about an inch thick
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Garlic powder
- Rinse the steaks and pat them dry. Sprinkle both sides of the steak with the chopped basil, then cover both sides in sea salt, rubbing it into the steak as you go. Allow to rest for 20-25 minutes while you prepare the rest of your meal.
- Rinse all the salt and basil off and pat the steaks dry once again. Cover them with the remaining ingredients, rubbing them in as you go.
- Heat a cast iron pan over high heat just until it starts to smoke. Place the steaks in the pan and sear them for a couple minutes on each side.
- Immediately place them on the grill, and cook to desired done-ness. For well done, that will take about 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steaks and the temperature of your grill.
- Allow steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Steaks are EASY to cook, especially on the grill!
CHEAP? Um. No. Not even close! Especially since I bought Safeway’s Open Nature beef, which is not as good as grass-fed beef, but much better than regular old beef… and costs quite a bit more, too!
If you can get grass-fed beef, this is a very HEALTHY meal. I know that vegetarians would beg to differ with me, but if you’re an omnivore like me, you understand!
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