Three notable things happened this weekend:
1) I passed my Ohio state license exam; even though this scene (RIP Corey Haim) was playing in my head the whole time.
2) The armless armchair arrived, its comfier than you think, and yes I like green.
3) Sunday night, I grilled some of the best steak and shrimp I have ever had. Bold statement, but true.
I bought some beautiful skirt steaks from the butcher, some fresh and happy shrimp from the fish guy (fishmonger? fisher person?); and marinated each in a pretty fantastic marinade.
And for the low, low price of your attention for the next five minutes, these marinating secrets can be yours.
Brown Sugar Lime Steak Marinade
Adapted from here
- 1/3 c. soy sauce
- 1/2 c. olive oil
- 1/3 c. lime juice
- 1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs garlic powder
- 3 tbs herb blend (Mrs. Dash or other)
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- Steaks for grilling
Combine all deliciousness in a large stainless steel or glass bowl; whisk well to combine. Gently place steaks in marinade, cover and refrigerate. You could also pour the marinade into a sturdy zip-top, gallon bag and place the steaks in and put the whole thing in a bowl in the fridge. Allow to marinate for at least an hour (flipping over once); but longer if you can. The longer the steaks marinate, the better. Allow the meat to come back to room temperature and you’re ready to grill. Marinade for 1-2 lbs of meat.
Spicy Cajun Shrimp Marinade
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tbs creole seasoning (we like Zatarains)
2 tbs cajun seasoning
1 tbs garlic powder
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Juice of one lemon, plus the lemon, sliced into quarters
1 tsp black pepper
1 lb deveined, tails off raw shrimp
Combine all ingredients in a large stainless steel or glass bowl. Whisk well, we want this to be really thick, almost paste-like. Thoroughly coat shrimp, using your hands or a BBQ brush to really get it all covered. Cover and refrigerate (or do the gallon bag thing) at least 30 minutes. I didn’t think this needed hours of marinating; but you may feel differently. Either skewer or place in a grill basket and you’re ready to grill. Marinade for 1lb of shrimp.