I don’t like teriyaki very much. There. I said it. I never understood the flavor behind it. Kind of savory but not really, more of just salty with no acidity and no sweetness. And the amount of processing that goes into many varieties makes it a dirty pick.
Since The Stud and I decided to cohabitate, he was always trying to sneak in marinating steak in some-type-of-teriyaki-or-soy-sauce (even GF) dressing. Ick. I’m such a #basicbitch. I like my steak medium rare and I’m cool with just salt and pepper. There are cuts, I know, that warrant a good marinade so when The Stud and I (gift card) purchased a Wagyu Tri Tip, he convinced me to *help* him marinate the steak in a teriyaki-kinda way. When I obliged, I did so with the request of no added salt. He said okay and we got to work. Which basically was just opening a gallon Ziploc baggie, throwing the steak in there, then opening the fridge and cabinets to see what goodies we had on hand to make “teriyaki” sauce. I wanted to clean out the fridge from half drank bottles of wine, so in went the Charles and Charles rose (which is delish, btw) I had leftover, some aminos, agave, garlic, and a few other goodies. Except salt. No salt.
And the verdict? Pretty damn good. The steak tips (we had cut into cubes) stayed tender throughout the cooking process I mean, I probably could have accomplished that with just salt and pepper, after all, it was wagyu.
Recipe Report Card:
Amount of Pantry Staples Used: A
Stud approved: A
Taste profile: A
Final grade: A
Light Teriyaki Tri-Tip Marinade
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup liquid aminos
¼ cup sherry
¼ cup worchestershire
2 tbl coconut sugar
½ cup rose wine
½ tbl crushed red pepper
1 tbl agave
1 ½ lbs tri tip steak, or other cut good for marinating
Place steak in Ziploc bag. Add all ingredients. Close top. Shake well. Refrigerate up until ready to use. Grill to desired temp.
Make ahead options:
What is more make-ahead than a marinade?!
1. This is salt free. Feel free to adapt to your tastebuds ;)
2. Tasted great cold over salad the next day for lunch