Simple Grilled Tri-Tip Steak

Simple grilled tri-tip steak

The Spruce

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Marinating Time: 2 hrs
  • Yield: serves 4-6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
616 Calories
33g Fat
8g Carbs
69g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 4-6
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 simple 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. Serve this steak as the main attraction or in salads, sandwiches, and wraps.


  • 3 pounds beef tri-tip steaks
  • 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.

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  2. Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl.

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

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  4. Preheat grill for high heat.

  5. Remove tri-tip steaks from marinade and discard it. Place steaks on a hot 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. Remove steaks once they have reached the desired temperature.

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  7. Rest steaks for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure to tent with aluminum foil if the rest time is longer than 5 minutes or you are waiting for other items to come off the grill.

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  8. Slice tri-tips against the grain in thin pieces and serve with your favorite sides.

    Grilled Tri-Tip Steak recipe
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