Simple Grilled Tri-Tip Steak

Simple grilled tri-tip steak

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinating Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
616 Calories
33g Fat
8g Carbs
69g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 616
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 820mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 69g
Calcium 78mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy tri-tip steak recipe uses a simple but flavorful marinade, followed by a hot-and-fast trip over the grill to seal in the flavors and keep the meat moist and tender. Serve this steak as the main attraction or in salads, sandwiches, and wraps. If you can't find a tri-tip that weighs 3 pounds, use two or more pieces that will total 3 pounds in weight.


  • 3 pounds beef tri-tip steak
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Tri-tip steak and marinade ingredients
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  2. In a small bowl, combine the white vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper, and salt to make the marinade.

    Pouring soy sauce into the marinade
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  3. Make sure the marinade is mixed well and pour it into a resealable plastic bag. Add tri-tip steak and make sure it is well-coated. Using tongs, carefully turn steak over a few times in marinade. Seal bag, and let the steak marinate for 2 to 6 hours.

    Covering meat in marinade in plastic freezer bag
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  4. Heat grill on high setting.

  5. Remove tri-tip steak from marinade and discard the marinade. Place steak on the preheated hot grill.

    Steak on grill
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  6. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, turning a few times during the cooking process to get an even sear, including holding the sides against the grill for a few minutes to make sure all surfaces are seared. Remove steak once it has reached the desired temperature.

    Seared steak being flipped with tongs
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  7. Rest steak for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure to tent with aluminum foil if the rest time is longer than 5 minutes or if you are waiting for other items to come off the grill so the meat does not become cold.

    Grilled steak resting on plate under aluminum foil
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  8. Slice tri-tip against the grain in thin pieces and serve with your favorite sides like Santa Maria pinquito beans.

    Slicing into grilled steak on cutting board
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More About Tri-Tip Steak

Tri-tip, also known as triangle steak, comes from the bottom sirloin cut of beef. It is often ground up for hamburger meat, but in the 1950s, the tradition of grilling it began in Santa Maria, California.

It is a lower-cost cut of beef that is full of flavor because it has excellent marbling, but it can become tough if you overcook it. You really shouldn't cook it past medium or 150 F and 145 F is preferred.