Spicy Soy-Maple Steak

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Author Notes: So summertime insanity is in full swing here. Yes, yes, I know it's March but tell that to my already leafing apple tree and the forlorn snowboards sitting in the garage. The temperatures are in the 70's, the garden is starting to demand attention and extra-curricular activities for the kids are emerging from hibernation (soccer, soccer, soccer). Time, as they say, is short! This is a great recipe for a weeknight. Throw the marinade together before you go to work and grill when you get home. It will take you longer to preheat the grill and cook the rice - promise. Niknud

Serves 4

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup maple syrup (I like grade B)
  • 6 dried Tien Tsin chili peppers, crumbled (seeds and all)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup pear juice (or nectar)
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame oil
  • 2.5 pounds Denver Steak
  1. Watch how easy this is....ready? Combine all the ingredients except the steak together in a bowl. Separate out a little of the marinade to use as a sauce. Add the steak and refrigerate for as long as you please.
  2. Now everyone's grill is different, but the key here is high and fast. This is not a pork spare rib where you want to do it low and slow. This is the boneless short rib that comes in small thin pieces. I would be hesitant to do more than 3 minutes per side but it will depend on how thick the pieces are.
  3. Strain the reserved marinade (if you must, I didn't) to remove the pepper seeds and garlic bits and boil for a few minutes to make a lovely dipping sauce.
  4. Serve over steamed rice. See, how easy was that? Perfect for a hectic weeknight!
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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

I can't wait to try this, it sounds amazing (and I love that it is easy!).


almost 3 years ago Niknud

Hi mrsl! A Denver steak is basically a boneless shortrib cut. They don't come in uniform sizes - sort of depends on how your butcher cuts it. I get mine cut for me special at the local Whole Foods.


almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yum. And I can cook my broccoli in the steamer basket of my rice cooker! Holy moly, I think I might actually serve a real meal during the week! Never heard the term "Denver steak." What do you think they call that in NY?