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These Grilled Steak Tips are marinated in the best sweet and savory sauce, resulting in flavorful meat that is seared on the outside, yet tender and juicy on the inside. Prepare the sirloin steak tips on an outdoor grill or on an indoor grill pan for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Close up front shot of Grilling Steak Tips

Mouthwatering thick-cut grilled steak tips are truly a classic summer meal! Nothing makes my boys happier at this time of year than some smokey, charred red meat. Whether it’s burgers, New York Strip steaks or these marinated sirloin tips, one thing is for sure: all of the men in my house will devour their dinner!

What kind of meat is steak tips?

There’s no technical definition of “steak tips” according to the USDA glossary, so the meat can really be trimmings from any other cut of beef. Typically, steak tips come from two parts of the cow. One kind comes from tender, expensive cuts in the middle of the cow, such as the tenderloin. While these are a superior cut, they are not what you typically find labeled as “steak tips” in the grocery store. More often, true steak tips come from various muscles in the sirloin and round and cost about $5 per pound. Most often, you’ll find this cut labeled as “sirloin steak tips” or “sirloin tips,” which is a single muscle that butchers call flap meat.

Raw steak tips on a cutting board

How do you tenderize beef tips?

Even if you’re not using super-tender tenderloin tips, the classic sirloin tips can be a very tender, juicy cut of beef. With just a little help from a simple marinade, the less expensive cut can be transformed into a very desirable dish.

What is the best way to cook steak tips?

Once the meat is marinated, grilling is the best way to cook steak tips. Whether you’re using an indoor grill pan, a gas grill or a charcoal grill, the high heat gives the meat a nice sear on the outside, while locking in the juices and flavor on the inside. Since it’s not a tough cut of meat (like a chuck roast or a brisket), you don’t need a low, slow cooking process. Instead, a quick char on the grill yields perfect steak tips every time!

Close up front shot of grilled steak tips on a blue and white plate

How to Grill Steak Tips:

This recipe is as simple as 1-2-3! Just prepare the marinade, marinate the steak tips, and then grill the meat. In addition to your steak tips, you’ll need the following pantry staples for the marinade…

Grilled Steak Tips Marinade Ingredients:

  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Dried ginger powder (or grated fresh ginger)
  • Honey
  • Garlic powder
  • Oil (such as canola, vegetable or avocado)
  • Green onions

Step 1: Prepare the Grilled Steak Tips Marinade

First, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, honey, garlic and oil.

Marinade for steak tips in a glass measuring cup

Step 2: Marinate

Add the steak tips and the green onions, and then toss to coat. Refrigerate the meat while it marinates for at least 30 minutes.

Marinating steak tips before grilling

Step 3: Grill Steak Tips

Heat a grill (or grill pan) over high heat. Remove the steak tips from the marinade, place directly on the grill, and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side. You do not need to close the grill while cooking the steak tips.

Side shot of grilled steak tips on an indoor grill pan

How long to Grill Steak Tips:

Total grilling time will depend on the size, shape and thickness of your steak tips, as well as the desired level of doneness. Here’s a handy chart that will help you determine the correct amount of time for your beef; however, keep in mind that a meat thermometer is always the most reliable way to know when the steak is ready.

  • For medium-rare steak tips: about 4 minutes on each side, or an internal temperature of 130-135 degrees F.
  • For medium steak tips: about 5 minutes on each side, or an internal temperature of 135-145 degrees F.
  • For medium-well steak tips: about 6 minutes on each side, or an internal temperature of 145-155 degrees F.

The internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise slightly as the meat rests when you take it off of the grill, so err on the side of caution and remove the meat as soon as it reaches the temperature range that you’re looking for.

What to serve with Grilled Steak Tips:

This versatile meat pairs nicely with just about any of your favorite sides. Here are a few easy side dishes that go well with grilled steak tips:

Overhead shot of grilled steak tips served on a plate with rice and green beans on the side

Preparation and Storage Tips:

  • Make ahead: You can prepare the marinade in advance and leave it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Marinating Time: Allow at least 30 minutes for the steak tips to marinate. If it’s more convenient, you can leave the steak tips in the marinade overnight.
  • Leftover grilled steak tips will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Tuck the meat inside sandwiches the next day, or slice it and use it to top a steak salad!
  • How to freeze grilled steak tips: Wrap the grilled meat tightly and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • To reheat the grilled steak tips: If reheating the cooked meat, you’ll want to be careful that you don’t cook it for too long and dry it out. To reheat the steak, place the grilled sirloin tips on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Warm in a 250 degree F oven just until the internal temperature of the meat reads 110 degrees F. Total warming time will vary depending on the size, shape and thickness of your steak.

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • Rice vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented rice in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It has a slightly sweet taste, which pairs really well with the soy sauce in this marinade. If you don’t have rice vinegar on hand, you can substitute with another vinegar, such as balsamic or apple cider.
  • If you’re feeding a larger family, double the marinade ingredients and grill 2 pounds of steak tips instead of just 1 pound.
  • I use less-sodium soy sauce, but you can substitute with regular soy sauce or even tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Nutrition information provided is merely an estimate, assuming about 1 tablespoon of marinade per serving. Sirloin tips are a fairly lean cut of beef. Each serving of these marinated grilled steak tips has 303 calories, 21 grams of fat, just 2 grams of carbohydrates and a whopping 22 grams of protein!
Plate of grilled steak tips served with rice and green beans

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Close up front shot of Grilling Steak Tips

Grilled Steak Tips

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings 3 – 4 people
Calories 303.3 kcal
These Grilled Steak Tips are marinated in the best sweet and savory sauce! It's an easy dinner that's perfect for the warm summer months.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. steak tips
  • 2 chopped green onions

FOR THE MARINADE:

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (can substitute with balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder (or 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup canola oil (or other neutral oil such as vegetable oil or avocado oil)

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together all of the marinade ingredients until completely combined. Add the steak tips and green onions. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
  • When ready to cook, allow the steak to sit on the counter and come to room temperature while you prepare the grill.
  • Heat the grill over high heat. Remove steak tips from the marinade and discard the marinade.
  • Brush the grates of the grill with oil (to prevent sticking) and place the steak tips directly on the grill. Grill for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare steak, 5 minutes for medium, and 6 minutes for medium-well. Total cooking time will vary depending on the size and thickness of your steak. For medium-rare, you’re looking for an internal temperature of 130-135 degrees F; for medium steak a temperature of 135-145 degrees F; for medium-well steak a temperature of 145-155 degrees F.

Notes

  • Rice vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented rice in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It has a slightly sweet taste, which pairs really well with the soy sauce in this marinade. If you don’t have rice vinegar on hand, you can substitute with another vinegar, such as balsamic or apple cider.
  • If you’re feeding a larger family, double the marinade ingredients and grill 2 pounds of steak tips instead of just 1 pound.
  • I use less-sodium soy sauce, but you can substitute with regular soy sauce or even tamari or coconut aminos.
  • Nutrition information provided is merely an estimate, assuming about 1 tablespoon of marinade per serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of the grilled steak tipsCalories: 303.3kcalCarbohydrates: 2.3gProtein: 22.6gFat: 21.6gSaturated Fat: 7.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 347.7mgPotassium: 4.5mgSugar: 1.7g
Keyword: grilled steak tips, grilled steak tips marinade, sirloin steak tips
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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