Perfectly Juicy Grilled Steak

Perfectly Juicy Grilled Steak gets marinaded in the best flavor and grilled to juicy perfection!  Learn all of the tips and tricks to grill the BEST steak every single time!

We love a thick, tender steak in our home! Lemon Garlic Flank Steak, Skillet Garlic Butter Herb Steak and Potatoes, and Steak Foil Packets are a few of our favorite steak recipes we enjoy as a family.

How to Grill Steak

It is steak season in our home and we couldn’t be happier! Father’s Day always seems like a great weekend to kick off grilling and a juicy steak that satisfies dad. My husband loves steak and is always up for trying a new recipe.

This marinade is so simple to make and has ingredients that are in the pantry to make it even easier. We love the flavor, juicy steak and how tender every bite is with this special marinade.

Impress your family with this perfect cut of steak and enjoy all the rich flavors it has to offer. Grilling steak has never been easier and more satisfying.

Tips and Tricks for Grilling the perfect steak:

1. Choose your steak of choice

Thick cut steaks consist of:

        • Ribeye: This steak is. well marbled and full of flavor.  It comes from the middle of the cow in the ribs section.  It has high fat content which gives it extra flavor.  You will need to trim the fat to avoid flare-ups.
        • Strip Steak: Also known as New York Strip Steak, it is tender and a little chewy coming from the rear of the cow.  This is my steak of choice and easy to grill with no potential flare-ups.
        • T-Bone: Shaped like a T, it brings together two steaks.  The tenderloin and a chewier strip steak.

Thin Cut Steaks Consist of:

        • Flank Steak:  This steak comes from the belly of the cow and is rich in flavor.  Always serve the flank steak sliced and cut against the grain.
        • Hanger Steak: This comes from the belly of the cow, the part of the cow that hangs down.  It has a strong beefy flavor and is great for marinating.
        • Skirt Steak: The skirt comes from the diaphragm of the cow.  It is a thin cut with plenty of fat and works well with a high heat searing.  Should. also be sliced against the grain.

2. Marinate the steak

You can season or marinate the steak before grilling.  My steak marinade is perfect for making the steak full of flavor and juicy.  Prepare the steak marinade and allow the steak to marinate for two hours or overnight.  Take the steaks out of the fridge and let rest at least 20 minutes before grilling so they aren’t chilled.


How to grill a thin steak

When grilling steak that is 1 1/2 inches in thickness or less, the best way to get the perfect char on the outside and desired doneness in the center is to sear over direct heat.  You simply grill. the steak over the direct heat until it reaches the desired temperature, flipping it about every minute.  This will ensure that the surface gets nice and golden brown and that the middle won’t cook too quickly.  Take the steak off of the grill once it reaches the desired temperature and let it rest 5 minutes before serving.

How to grill a thick steak

When grilling steak that is 1 1/2 inches thick or more,  the best way to get the perfect char on the outside and desired doneness in the center is to do the reverse sear.  You will cool the steak until it is almost done over indirect heat, then move it to the hotter direct-heat section of the grill for the final sear.

You will want to make sure the indirect heat section of the grill is around 225 degrees F.  Then add the steak to the cooler part and cover the grill.

Final Cooked Internal Temperatures

  • Rare: 125 degrees F
  • Medium Rare: 135 degrees 135 degrees F
  • Medium: 145 degrees F
  • Medium Well: 150 degrees F
  • Well Done: 160 degrees F

Side dishes that go well with steak:

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Perfectly Juicy Grilled Steak gets marinaded in the best flavor and grilled to juicy perfection!  Learn all of the tips and tricks to grill the BEST steak every single time!

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of red pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound steaks (I used rib eye, New York is also great)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • fresh chopped parsley
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, and a pinch of red pepper. Add steaks to a resealable zip lock bag or large bowl and pour the marinade on top. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

  2. To grill the steaks: Heat your grill to high heat. Remove the steaks from the marinade and place on the grill. Grill the steaks until they slightly char and are golden brown from 3-5 minutes. Flip the steak and cook on the other side until desired doneness.

  3. Remove from grill and tent with foil. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving.



Hot Pastrami Sliders

Hot Pastrami Slider ready to be served

Hot Pastrami Sliders are the perfect tailgating food. They take all of ten minutes to prep and once they are baked, all you need to do is devour them!

These sliders are perfect game day food. You should make a double batch! Sweet Carolina Pulled Pork Sliders, Italian Meatball Sliders and Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings are some other game day favourites.

Hot Pastrami Sliders straight out of the oven

Hot Pastrami Sliders

I can’t even. These are the best pastrami sliders ever and I can finish an entire batch on my own! Game day food is literally one of my favourites. Gimme all the sliders and wings. Soft buttery rolls, stuffed, oozing with cheese, hot from the oven – what’s there not to love!

This is classic tailgating food. And these sliders are easy to transport, easy to eat and even easier to make. They need only 10 minutes of prep and then a little time in the oven. What comes out is absolutely amazing!

How do you make Pastrami Sliders?

  • Slice dinner rolls in half
  • Layer the bottom half with mustard, pastrami, jalapenos and cheese
  • Place the other half on top
  • Brush them with honey mustard poppy seed butter and then bake them for 20 minutes

One of my favourite things about these sliders is the butter on top. I like to melt butter and then whisk in honey, spicy mustard and poppy seeds. And then the butter is poured all over the rolls before they go into the oven.

The butter makes these rolls really soft, and adds a ton of extra flavour. Plus the honey mustard combination is classic! The poppy seeds add some extra crunch and when you take a bite, you are left with a party in your mouth.

Closeup of Hot Pastrami Sliders

Can Pastrami Sliders be prepped ahead?

Absolutely! You can prep these a few hours earlier, cover them with foil and pop them in the fridge till you are ready to bake them. Just make sure your oven is preheated before you bake these.

I know you guys are going to love these!

Looking for more Game Day Food? Here are some fun ideas:

Hot Pastrami Slider ready to be served

Hot Pastrami Sliders

Hot Pastrami Sliders are the perfect tailgating food. They take all of ten minutes to prep and once they are baked, all you need to do is devour them!

  • 12 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls or Dinner Rolls
  • 5 tablespoons Mustard (divided)
  • 12 slices deli Pastrami
  • 1 cup sliced Jalapenos (15-17 pieces)
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Poppy Seeds
  • 12 slices Swiss Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Melt butter in a pan and whisk in two tablespoons mustard, honey and poppy seeds. Set aside.

  3. Slice the rolls in half and place the bottom half in a baking dish.

  4. Spread two tablespoons mustard on the bottom half of the dinner rolls and divide pastrami, swiss cheese and jalapenos evenly all over the rolls. Place the other half on top.

  5. Spread the butter mixture generously all over the top of the rolls, making sure to get into the crevices.

  6. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Must Make Summertime Grilling Recipes

Grilling Recipes are a MUST this summertime. Gather friends and family around the grill for some delicious choices of meals to satisfy all your summertime dreams!


1. Hawaiian Chicken Burgers with Grilled Pineapple

2. Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza Recipe

3. Elote

4. Grilled Sambal Chicken Skewers (5 Ingredients)

5. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

6. Honey Cilantro Lime Shrimp

7. Awesome Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

8. Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad

9. Grilled Chicken Street Tacos

10. Pineapple Chicken 

11. Grilled Fish Tacos

12. Easy Ground Turkey Burgers

13. Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

14. Tandoori Paneer Tikka

15. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers 

16. Grilled Chicken Taco Bowls with an Avocado Corn Salsa

17. Grilled Asparagus

18. Grilled Chicken Mango Salad with Mango Cilantro Dressing

19. Steak Kababs with a Basil Sauce

20. Grilled Garlic Herb Flank Steak with Avocado Corn Salsa

21. Grilled Shrimp with Honey Garlic Glaze

22. How to Grill Steak

23. Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

24. Southwest Pepper Jack Burgers

25. Cheesy Grilled Potatoes with Bacon

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut,  and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip!  This is a potluck classic! 

Quick and easy side dish that can be made in minutes with ingredients that are on hand! Creamy Grape Salad Recipe, Best Ever Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon or Classic Potato Salad Recipe are a few more of my go-to potluck side dishes.

Ambrosia Salad

Now I am going to be the first to admit that I am not above cool whip or marshmallows in a fruit salad.  I mean, we grew up on this Pistachio Salad when I was little.  And no potluck is complete in Utah without a cool whip marshmallow salad.  I love them!

I am always making Ambrosia Salads for potlucks.  Why haven’t I put this out on the blog until now!?  This is a true potluck classic.

I love how it is filled with pineapple, cherries, mandarin oranges, crunchy pecans and mixed into a cool whip sour cream fluff of glory!  ha!   No potluck is complete without this cool and creamy summer salad and I know that your family is going to love it!

How Do You Make Ambrosia Salad?

  • In a large mixing bowl add cool whip and sour cream and mix.
  • Fold in pineapple, cherries, mandarin oranges, coconut, chopped pecans, and marshmallows until combined.
  • Cover and chill for at least an hour or overnight.

What is Ambrosia Salad?

Ambrosia is an American variety of fruit salad. Most ambrosia recipes contain: canned or fresh pineapple, canned mandarin orange slices or fresh orange sections, miniature marshmallows, and coconut.

Can you make Ambrosia Salad a day ahead?

You can make ambrosia salad a day ahead.  It is always best to let fruit salads chill to let the cream settle and fruits to chill.

How long can you keep Ambrosia Salad in the fridge?

Properly stored fruit salads will last 3-5 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze Ambrosia Salad?

You can; however I do not recommend it. You will want to place the Ambrosia Salad in a airtight container. Serve while it is still frozen with an ice cream scoop or something similar.

Leave the Ambrosia Salad in the fridge to defrost if you would like to enjoy it fresh. Add the Mandarin oranges after it is defrosted.

What can you substitute cool whip with?

Mix 1/3 cup softened butter with 3/4 cup milk for a whipping cream substitute. Using an electric mixer will help achieve the desired consistency. This is not a dairy-free option, but it works if you are out of whipping cream and need it for a recipe. This ratio is the equivalent of 1 cup of cream.

What can you substitute sour cream with?

Go for whole-milk Greek yogurt: The yogurt closest in texture and flavor to regular sour cream is whole-milk Greek yogurt. While you can use plain regular yogurtinstead, it might be worthwhile to strain some of the liquid out of it first so that it thickens up slightly.

Can you use fresh fruit?

Yes! Fresh fruit will taste great with this salad. You will want to pat the fruit dry before adding it to the salad.

What other ingredients can be added to the Ambrosia Salad?

  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Grapes
  • Banana
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews

Looking for more delicious potluck salads?!  Look no further:

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut, and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip! This is a potluck classic!

  • 8 ounce cool whip (thawed)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15 ounccan mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries (without stems, sliced in half)
  • 3 cup marshmallows (I like using the multi-colored flavored marshmallows)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup pecans (chopped)
  1. In a large mixing bowl add thawed cool whip and sour cream and stir until combined. Add in the mandarin oranges, pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, coconut and pecans.
  2. Stir until combined and chill salad for at least 1 hour or overnight.