Last Minute Steak Recipes

Sirloin steak and corn salad


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Our series of last-minute recipes continues with steak. Now, anyone can plop an expensive steak on the grill and cook it in a few minutes, but turning a tougher cut of steak like round steak into a delicious meal in minutes takes more thought. These recipes that start with steak add a few more ingredients and use cooking techniques like stir-frying and the microwave to make fabulous meals.

We like to keep a couple of round steaks in the freezer for last minute meals like these. In fact, cutting steaks for stir-frying is easier if the meat is frozen. Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, no longer, then cut with a sharp knife and start cooking.

To marinate a steak quickly, rub it with seasoning and let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then cook. Make sure the pan, broiler, or grill is hot, then plop it down. Let the meat cook until it releases easily, ​turn it, and cook until the desired doneness.

And always let cooked meats stand before you cut into them. The juices will have a chance to redistribute throughout the meat so every bite is tender and juicy. Enjoy these quick and easy recipes for any type of beef steak.

Last Minute Steak Recipes

  • Sweet and Sour Steak Stir Fry
    Strip steak, round steak, or sirloin steak can be used in this delicious recipe. It's full of fresh vegetables, which provide color, nutrition, and flavor. Serve it over hot cooked rice to soak up the delicious sauce.
  • Steak and Pepper Kabobs
    Any tender vegetable, such as zucchini, mushrooms, or summer squash, could be used in place of the bell pepper in this super easy recipe. You don't have to marinate the meat more than 30 minutes if you're pressed for time.
  • Pepper Steak
    Colorful vegetables add nutrition and flavor to a round steak.
  • Steak House Steak
    When you want to splurge, treat filet mignon or ribeye steaks with this method. Searing the steaks in a pan, then roasting them in the oven is the way steak houses cook their meat. Yum.