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How To Tenderize Steak

There's nothing quite like grilling a nice juicy steak when the weather warms up. Unfortunately, the best cuts of steak can bust the family grocery budget. Luckily, there is one simple ingredient you have in your pantry that will turn even the cheapest cuts into tender, juicy steaks the whole family will love!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 306 kcal


  • 2 lbs petite sirloin steak
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt


  1. To properly tenderize a steak, lay the steak out on a plate and cover each side with approximately 1 teaspoon of kosher/sea salt before cooking. Use your fingers to gently work the salt granules into the surface, breaking down the fibers of the meat. (For even more flavor, add crushed garlic to the salt.)
  2. Let the steak sit with this covering of salt for 45 minutes to an hour. Longer for thicker cuts.
  3. After the waiting period, rinse the salt off your steaks under cool running water.
  4. Use some paper towels to pat your steaks until they are good and dry, so you can get the delicious, crispy sear you want. If you don’t pat them dry, you’re basically steaming the meat, and steamed meat is bland and less flavorful.
  5. Season as desired, then grill until desired doneness. Serve and sit back and enjoy the happy faces around the dinner table. :-)

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Nutrition Facts
How To Tenderize Steak
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 3617mg157%
Potassium 775mg22%
Protein 49g98%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.