"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Beef, Pork, Lamb & Venison > Beef
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-27-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
Sous Chef
 
Skittle68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Duluth, MN
Posts: 985
Marinated steak??

My bf seems to think steak should be marinated. He says that's why no name steaks are so good. I think you should be able to just buy good steak, and season it. Steak is a tender cut- why would you marinate it?? What would you even marinate it in? I want to taste the steak, not a marinade... What do you think? Restaurants wouldn't marinate a nice ribeye, so why would I?

__________________

__________________
Skittle68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,393
I agree with you. A good steak (filet mignon, NY Strip, ribeye) just needs salt and pepper. I also use a steak rub on these steaks. It really seems to enhance the beef flavor.

For other cuts, such as flank, skirt, steak tips, I do marinate.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
Executive Chef
 
CraigC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,794
I like a nice flank steak marinated in Italian dressing. I also like fajitas, which is marinated skirt steak. Also there are tough cuts which are called "steaks", but IMO need marinade more as a tenderized.

Prime cuts, I just salt and pepper. Maybe a rub, but they don't need a marinade, IMO.
__________________
Emeralds are real Gems! C. caninus & C. Batesii.
CraigC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 03:48 PM   #4
Head Chef
 
salt and pepper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Montana
Posts: 2,027
Some cuts of meat go well with a marinate,like flank, london broil for example. But other prime cuts, T- bone, Rib-eye, do well with just salt and pepper or a light rub. Let the beef flavor shine through! But,to each his own. If thats the way he likes it, so be it.
__________________
salt and pepper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 03:55 PM   #5
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
It's the same with sauces. I love a good plain steak as much as the next guy, but sometimes a nice sauce adds a special something, especially with a thick, tender cut like filet mignon. Actually, any thick cut where there's a lot of meat and little crust. Just like there's au jus for prime rib. Now you horseradish users... lol
I say to each his own, too.
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 03:57 PM   #6
Master Chef
 
Kayelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: south central coast/California
Posts: 9,891
I don't marinate tender steaks either, but I often use a dry rub with cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper.
__________________
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.

Kayelle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 04:01 PM   #7
Head Chef
 
Rob Babcock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 1,281
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skittle68 View Post
My bf seems to think steak should be marinated. He says that's why no name steaks are so good. I think you should be able to just buy good steak, and season it. Steak is a tender cut- why would you marinate it?? What would you even marinate it in? I want to taste the steak, not a marinade... What do you think? Restaurants wouldn't marinate a nice ribeye, so why would I?

Some do. If you marinate you should keep it simple. As others have said, flank is good to marinate. But I've worked in places where even filet and ribeyes were marinated.

Typically you have a flavor component and some type of oil. For instance, rosemary, garlic and olive oil is a pretty good basic marinade for been.

Overall I'm with you though- a good steak really only needs salt and pepper. I like Himilayan salt and fresh cracked peppercorn melange.
__________________
If we're not supposed to eat animals, then how come they're made out of meat?
Rob Babcock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #8
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 3,899
I also like to taste my steaks. I would only marinade if it needs time to tenderize and that is very seldom.

Salt and Pepper are more than enough for my steaks. When I do want a wee bit extra I have a mix of garlic powder, onion powder and paprika that I sprinkle on.

And I generally don't use a sauce on my steaks either with the rare exception of a dab of horseradish to dip it in.
__________________
MrsLMB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:10 PM   #9
Half Baked
 
4meandthem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bay Area California
Posts: 2,018
I marinate my steaks in soy for 20 minutes befor the grill. Nothing else. I like the umami on the crust but it doesn't effect the center at all. If I don't do this I use a dry rub sparingly. I like horseradish with both.
__________________
Just be yourself! Everyone else is taken.

My Flickr stuff!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/e_maxwell_photography/
4meandthem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-27-2012, 06:17 PM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
Not to go too OT... but horseradish is so strong. How do you taste the beef through it?
I can see using it on an oxroast sandwich as a condiment, but I never got the association it has with a good piece of beef. Just curious.
__________________

__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
None

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.