Hawaiian Steak with Pineapple Salsa

Braii (BBQ) Season is in full swing here in South Africa. Driving through the neighborhood you can actually smell the braiis blazing. And that incredible smokey smell has me craving Hawaiian Steak. Hawaiian Steak is another one of my favorite dishes at Houston’s, a U.S. restaurant chain. It’s steak with a scrumptious sweet and salty marinade that has complex notes from ginger, garlic and vinegar.

Brown Sugar - Light Soy Sauce - Minced Garlic - Minced Ginger - Cider Vinegar - Pineapple

Marinade Brown Sugar – Light Soy Sauce – Minced Garlic – Minced Ginger – Cider Vinegar – Pineapple Juice

raw steak

Meat  4 – 6 Steaks of your choice. I have used Rib Eye and Sirloin. I prefer the Sirloin.

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To a small sauce pan, add the pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and ginger.

Give marinade a stir. Over medium heat, cook until it starts to boil. Remove from heat. Set aside allow to completely cooled.

Give marinade a stir. Over medium heat, cook until it starts to boil. Remove from heat. Set aside allow to cool completely.

bag

Put the steaks in a large zip lock plastic bag. Pour in the cooled marinade and seal the bag.

Place the bag on a baking sheet and put in the fridge overnight. Flip the bag several times.

Place the bag on a baking sheet and put in the fridge overnight. Flip the bag several times.

Pineapple - Lime - Red Onion - Red Pepper - Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) - Chili - Garlic - S & P

Pineapple Salsa  Pineapple – Lime – Red Onion – Red Pepper – Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) – Chili – Garlic – S & P – Hot Sauce Optional (Not Pictured) Note: You can make the Pineapple Salsa the day before. Just don’t add the red onion until ready to serve. The red pigment from the onions may give the other ingredients a pink tint.

You don't want to make the pineapple salsa the day before. The red from the peppers may bleed into the pineapples. To a bowl, add the pineapple, the red peppers, red onion, coriander, chili garlic and lime juice.

To a bowl, add the pineapple, the red peppers, red onion, coriander, chili garlic and lime juice.

Give it a stir.

Give it a stir.

Add salt, pepper and optional hot sauce.

Add salt, pepper and optional hot sauce to taste. Place in fridge until ready to serve.

Grill steaks to your liking. The sugar int he marinade gives the meat a rich carmel color.

Grill or broil the steaks to your liking. The sugar in the marinade gives the meat a rich caramel color.

Let the meat rest for a few minutes. Top steaks with salsa and serve.

Let the meat rest for a few minutes. Top steaks with salsa and serve.

Hawaiian Steak Marinade Recipe

¾ cup Pineapple Juice

1 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1/3 cup Vinegar such as Cider, White Balsamic or any Light Color Sweet Vinegar

½ cup Brown Sugar

1 tablespoon Garlic, minced

1 tablespoon Ginger, minced

4 – 6 Steaks of your choice. I have used Rib Eye and Sirloin. I prefer the Sirloin.

To a small saucepan, add the pineapple juice, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, garlic and ginger.

Give marinade a stir. Over medium heat, cook until it starts to boil. Remove from heat. Set aside allow to cool completely.

Put the steaks in a large zip lock plastic bag. Pour in the cooled marinade and seal the bag.

Place the bag on a baking sheet and put in the fridge overnight. Flip the bag several times.

Pineapple Salsa Recipe

1 cup Fresh Pineapple, diced small

¼ cup Red Pepper, chopped

¼ cup Fresh Coriander (Cilantro), coarsely chopped

¼ cup Red Onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded

2 teaspoons Garlic, minced

Juice of 1 lime

Salt, Pepper and Hot Sauce (Optional) to taste

Note: You can make the Pineapple Salsa the day before. Just don’t add the red onion until ready to serve. The red pigment from the onions may tint the other ingredients pink.

To a bowl, add the pineapple, the red peppers, red onion, coriander, chili garlic and lime juice. Give it a stir.

Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Put into to refrigerator until ready to serve.

Grill or broil the steaks to your liking. Let the meat rest for a few minutes. Top steaks with salsa and serve.

Both recipes were adapted from recipes found on the web.

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