How to Tenderize a New York Strip Steak

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The New York strip steak comes from the part of the cow that uses the least amount of muscle. Large pieces can be cut from this section of the cow, which means that New York strip steaks are larger than other steaks. These steaks can be tenderized before they are cooked. This makes the steaks more delicious and easier to chew. You can cook these steaks as a special treat, or for that special someone in your life.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 12-oz. New York strip steaks
  • Meat mallet
  • Plastic wrap
  • Shallow pan
  • Medium-sized mixing bowl
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 small onion

Cover your New York strip steaks with a sheet of plastic wrap. Beat each side with a meat mallet. Use the side with the spikes on it. This step alone will tenderize the meat. The plastic wrap will keep the meat out of the nooks of the meat mallet, which will make it easier to clean later on.

Grate your garlic and onion over a medium-sized bowl.

Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and lemon juice to the bowl. Mix the ingredients together.

Place your New York strip steaks in a shallow pan and cover them with your marinade.

Place a lid on the shallow pan or cover it with plastic wrap. Place the steaks in the refrigerator for two hours. Having the steaks sit in the marinade will also tenderize them as well as add flavor to the meat.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also make a marinade out of vinegar, oil and your favorite spices.
  • Be careful when you go to cook your steaks. Overcooking them will lead to a dry steak.
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