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Margarita-Marinated Strip Steak

Servings: 2 to 4

The margarita-inspired marinade for this grilled steak does double-duty; after infusing the steak with flavor, it’s boiled down to a rich sauce. You can serve the steak sliced with the sauce, or turn it into a tasty taco filling with your favorite toppings.



  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, more for grilling
  • 1 Tbs. cumin seeds, lightly crushed
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped garlic
  • 1 bottle Mexican beer
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup anejo tequila
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbs.  brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo (more if desired)
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 1-inch-thick thick Australian grass-fed strip steaks, about 2 lbs. total
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs. heavy cream


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering, add the cumin seeds and garlic and cook until the seeds are aromatic and the garlic is lightly toasted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the beer, orange juice, tequila, lime juice, brown sugar, chiles in adobo and 1/4 tsp. salt. and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the marinade from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature, about 10 to 20 minutes. Place the steak in a large bag and place the bag in a large bowl. Pour in the cooled marinade and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours.

Prepare a medium-high (400°F to 475°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.

When the grill is ready, remove the steak from the marinade and shake off any excess, but don’t pat it dry. Reserve the marinade.  Brush both sides of the steak with oil and then season generously with salt and pepper. Grill the steak until good sear marks appear, 4 to 6 minutes. Flip the steak and grill the other side in the same way until the exterior is nicely seared and the steak is cooked to your liking, 8 to 10 minutes total cooking time for medium rare. Let the steaks rest for about 5 minutes.

Transfer the reserved marinade to a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce by half to about 1 cup. Add the cream and simmer until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Cut the steak into 1/4-inch-thick slices and serve with the sauce. Alternatively, the steak can be sliced as thinly as possible and served as tacos in charred corn tortillas with diced avocado, thinly sliced red onion, chopped tomatoes, cilantro leaves, crumbled queso fresco, and a drizzle of the sauce.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • Krispie | 01/12/2020

    I failed to marinate this long enough and it was still delicious. The sauce was also excellent. I am definately going to make this again and marinate it overnight.

  • TracyVarley53 | 09/04/2019

    This recipe was really great. I substituted my favorite artificial sweetener for the sugar in here and it worked well, we try to do low carb, I often use sugar free panckage syrup to replace brown sugar and honey. My husband wanted it for dinner the next night he loved it so much. We made tacos out of it with small lightly toasted corn tortillas, sauteed onion with red and yellow bell peppers, and grated cheddar cheese. The sauce was really tasty, next time I will puree it in a blender to get the habaneros really fine. I used just two habaneros with the seeds removed and it was very mild heat. I think my husband is just going to want it as his own steak all to himself next time, no tacos. I also poked the steak on both sides with a larger fork as I did not have time to marinate for 8+ hours. I used strip steaks and marinated for 6 hours. The steak was very tender. Excellent. Thanks so much for such a great recipe.

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    Alan Eckerman | 03/06/2018

    I love marinating meats! it doesn't just sinks the flavor into the meat, it also tenderizes them. One marinating technique is blending all the ingredients together with oil in a blender until oil doesn't separates with the rest of the marinade. Then soak the meat for at least an hour before grilling or searing them. You guys are surely gonna love it.

  • juliejules23 | 07/02/2017

    We liked this marinade -it had a unique flavor, different than your typical margarita, lime flavored marinades. Followed the recipe with no variations. We will make it again but will add more of the chipotle chiles next time - could have used just a little more kick. The sauce was very tasty.

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