My husband loves a good steak, and I mean he will pick steak over any other meat, any day of the week. His favorite is a New York Strip served medium-rare with a little bit of salt & pepper, either cooked up on a grill or in a cast iron pan with some butter. Since we live in the real world though and have a budget, he doesn’t get New York Strip very often. Which means that I’ve found other ways to incorporate steak into our family recipe box, without breaking the bank.
Now, if you are looking to splurge and get a nicer cut of steak, be sure to check out this guide on different cuts, to help you figure out what you need to know before you head to the butcher counter. Since we’re talking about the kind of steak dishes you can prepare on the weekly though, I suggest checking out the more affordable cuts that are available. My favorite for regular consumption are skirt steak, which is best sliced thinly and served in dishes like fajitas; and a flat iron cut.
I find that the trick with these cuts is to properly tenderize them. The thing I enjoy about using skirt or flat iron steak though, is that I get to try more flavorful dishes, because I’m not scared of covering up the taste of an expensive cut of meat. Marinading also lends itself really well to the tougher cuts of beef, and can help prepare the meat so that it’s more tender, flavorful, and moister. This post from SheKnows.com has some wonderful advice on tenderizing your steak so that even a less expensive cut can make for a delightfully enjoyable dinner.
If you’ve never tried bulgogi, you are missing out! This recipe from Our Salty Kitchen uses sirloin, paired with a marinade that features pears. If you’re watching the bank account, try getting a sirloin tip or flat iron cut. Great over rice like a stir fry, or in hoagie rolls, this one is always a crowd pleaser.
Steak and potatoes are a staple, but I’m trying to watch my carb intake. That’s why this steak dish with zoodles featuring as the side is so wonderful. The skirt steak is sliced thinly, marinated, and tossed with zucchini noodles in a delicious lemon and garlic butter sauce. And if you’re really feeling the carbs, you can skip on the zoodles, cook the steak like the rest of the recipe, and then pair it with roasted fingerling potatoes.
I knew I needed to try this recipe when I saw the word honey. This recipe uses a sirloin cut(try it with chuck eye) in a thick, flavorful sauce, and it will make your tastebuds throw a party! I love to serve this over cauliflower rice. Another way I like to enjoy it, and that always leaves my husband happy, is to send him out to the grill with some veggie kabobs and serve those side by side with this tasty steak dish.
For something that eats a bit more like traditional steak, I suggest this chimichurri steak recipe. It uses skirt steak and a simple chimicurri sauce to make this satisfying meal. Serve with corn, or inside tacos and it’s a perfect summer dish.
Lime is such a good way of tenderizing a tough cut of steak. The acid in the lime breaks it down nicely so that it ends up being tender and juicy. This sirloin dish uses chili, honey, and lime, and it is one of my husbands favorites! It goes great with mashed potatoes or cauliflower.
Do you have a favorite affordable steak recipe? Any tips for how you prepare your steak? Join the conversation!