Teriyaki Steak

Whenever I make steak this way I must always invite my in-laws. If, by chance, my mother-in-law finds out that I made teriyaki steak and did not invite her, well, let me tell you, I would be scared for my life! This is an often requested birthday recipe in our house.

It all started because I couldn’t find a bottled teriyaki sauce that is not a heavy, sticky syrup. I enjoy that fine for dipping on fondue night (whatever happens at fondue, stays at fondue!) I always find them to be overpowering to cook with and wanted to find something a little bit lighter. So, I searched around in some of my mother’s old cookbooks and did some experimenting. This teriyaki marinade is the result of my experiments. This isn’t something you’d want to dip cooked food in, but it makes a great marinade for meats. We especially love to marinate steak in it, but chicken is also good.

¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup orange juice
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp white vinegar
Good shake of pepper (don’t add salt because there is plenty in the soy sauce)
1 - 2 cloves garlic
2 pounds of steak (any cheap cut works well), cubed
4 cups broccoli florets, steamed until almost done (optional)
Baked potatoes or cooked brown rice, for serving

I always measure this in a 2 cup measuring cup because it cuts down on time – you can measure everything and mix it all in one container. Measure the oil and the next two ingredients into the measuring cup. Add the ketchup, vinegar and pepper. Mash up the garlic or put it through a garlic press and use a whisk to mix everything together.

Now get the steak all cut up and put in a large container and dump the marinade in as well. Put a lid on and give a good shake. Put in the fridge for at least two hours, but the longer it sits the more flavour it will absorb (I like to make it in the morning and let it sit until I need to cook it at suppertime). Every once in awhile give the container another shake to make sure all the meat is getting coated.

When you are ready to cook, get a large sauté pan heated over medium heat. When you feel some heat coming off the pan, dump in the whole container of steak, marinade and all. There is no need to oil the pan first because of the oil in the marinade. Give it a stir and let it cook about five minutes. Turn the heat up and let the marinade come to a boil. Keep an eye on it because you don’t want the marinade to cook off completely. Add the broccoli at this point and give it a stir so it gets mixed in the marinade. Once everything is coated and cooked the way you like, take it off the heat.

This is great served over brown rice, but if your husband is picky about that, baked potatoes are great with this too. Enjoy!

Tonia L

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