When it comes to cooking steak, I'm not a big fan of marinating. I much prefer a dry rub to ensure I get a really good crust on the steak when I grill it. But this recipe from Lan Lam is a really interesting one. Soy sauce and garlic gives the marinade a rich umami base. The marinade is later used as the basis for a sauce, where the flavor is really amped up with the addition of lime and orange zests and juices. Then she has a really clever trick to make sure the steak gets a robust crust...she coats it with baking soda and oil right before slapping it on the grill.
- Combine all marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag. Add steak and toss to fully coat. Seal bag and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Prepare grill for direct cooking over high heat.
- Remove steaks from marinade and transfer marinade to a small saucepan. Pat steaks with paper towel. Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil with baking soda in a small bowl. Rub oil mixture onto both sides of steak.
- Make the sauce: Bring marinade to a boil. Transfer to a bowl and combine with zests, juices and olive oil. Set aside.
- Grill steaks for about 3 minutes, then flip and grill 3 minutes more (for medium rare). Transfer steaks to cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut steaks on bias against grain into 1/2-inch slices (see photo above). Arrange slices on platter and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of sauce. Serve, passing extra sauce separately.