These Grilled Steak Tips are marinated in a red wine vinaigrette for the most tender, juicy, and flavorful grilled steak you'll ever try. Pair with potatoes, salad, or grilled vegetables for an easy steak tip dinner you'll want to have on repeat all summer long.
As a New Englander, grilled steak tips have been a summertime staple for as long as I can remember. And it was only recently I discovered that steak tips are not well-known outside of New England.
Not only was I shocked, but also sad for everyone who has never had the pleasure of trying the amazingness that is marinated and grilled steak tips.
So, I'm here to change that by sharing my favorite grilled steak tip recipe with you!
Marinated grilled sirloin steak tips are my favorite way to enjoy steak. The marinade tenderizes and infuses the steak with flavor before grilling, resulting in juicy perfection. The tangy, savory marinade and smoky char from the grill create an irresistible combination of flavors.
So, whether you're a lifelong New Englander like me or just looking to try something new, keep reading for my best grilled steak tips recipe.
Let's fire up the grill and get cooking!
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What Are Steak Tips?
Steak tips are a quintessential summer dish that can be found all over New England. These tender and juicy pieces of sirloin beef are perfect for marinating and grilling, making them a backyard BBQ staple.
Sirloin steak tips are usually sold in long strips that can be cut into smaller pieces for grilling or serving.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Perfectly Tender- Marinating steak tips in vinaigrette tenderizes them, keeping them juicy and moist during grilling.
- Flavorful- Well-marinated grilled steak tips have a delicious, complex flavor that's hard to beat.
- Easy to Make- Marinating steak tips is a simple and easy way to add flavor to your meal. And, best of all, it doesn't require any special cooking skills, techniques, or equipment.
- Versatile- Steak tips pair well with a wide variety of side dishes, meaning you can create a steak tip dinner that will please just about everyone in your family.
- Grilling Season Staple- Is it even summer if you don't make grilled steak tips? Not in my household, it isn't!
Here are some notes on the key ingredients. For the full list of ingredients, check out the recipe card below.
- Sirloin Steak Tips- Sirloin steak tips are a summer staple in New England. They're typically sold in long strips that can be cut into smaller "tips" for grilling. However, I suggest keeping your steak tip strips whole until after grilling for easier marinating and grilling.
- Red Wine Vinegar- Red wine vinegar is one of my favorite ingredients to use in a steak marinade, with its punchy, tangy, and slightly fruity flavor profile.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil- With its robust, peppery flavor, extra virgin olive oil is the perfect complement to the zesty tang of red wine vinegar in a steak marinade.
- Dijon Mustard- Dijon mustard adds a slightly tangy flavor and emulsifies the marinade.
- Honey- Adds sweetness to balance the vinegar's acidity.
- Garlic- Fresh garlic adds so much flavor to this homemade steak marinade. I prefer to thinly slice the garlic so that it's easier to remove before grilling.
- Italian Seasoning- Adds a savory, herby flavor to the marinade.
- Kosher Salt- Kosher salt is typically free from any added ingredients like sugar or anti-clumping agents.
- Black Pepper- Freshly ground black pepper adds a delightful spicy and peppery flavor.
Substitutions and Variations
Here are a few ways you can try customizing this easy grilled steak tips recipe to fit your diet and taste preferences.
- Sirloin Steak Tips- Use flank steak, skirt steak, tri-tip steak, chuck roast, filet mignon, New York strip steak, or ribeye in place of sirloin tips.
- Red Wine Vinegar- Swap red wine vinegar for white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white distilled vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Substitute extra virgin olive oil for any neutral-flavored oil you prefer. Avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil are great options.
- Dijon Mustard- Use whole grain mustard, honey mustard, yellow mustard, or brown mustard to replace dijon mustard. Alternatively, use 2 teaspoons of dry mustard powder.
- Honey- Swap honey for maple syrup, agave syrup, brown sugar, or granulated sugar. Or you can leave the sweetener out entirely if preferred.
- Garlic- Substitute fresh garlic with ½ teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Italian Seasoning- Dried oregano can be swapped for Italian seasoning. Or create your own seasoning blend with whichever dried herbs you have on hand.
- Lemon- Mix together red wine vinegar and lemon juice for a bright, citrusy steak marinade that pairs well with fresh greens and roasted vegetables.
- Balsamic- Combine red wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar for a marinade with a slightly sweeter, more complex flavor.
- Soy- Replace the kosher salt with soy sauce, the red wine vinegar with rice wine vinegar, and the Italian seasoning with ground ginger for an Asian-inspired marinade.
- Spicy- Add some heat to your steak marinade with red pepper flakes or a diced jalapeño pepper.
- Smoky- Smoked paprika, chipotle powder, or adobo sauce will give the marinade a smoky and spicy flavor.
Here are some notes on any special equipment I used to make this recipe.
- Grill- I use a propane gas grill to grill my marinated steak tips.
- Meat Thermometer- Using a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the steak helps you know when it's cooked to your desired doneness.
How to Make Grilled Steak Tips
Here is how to make grilled steak tips on a gas grill.
Step 1: Make the red wine vinaigrette marinade. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the olive oil. Place the mixing bowl on top of a damp dish towel to keep it steady. While whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until smooth.
Step 2: Marinate the steak tips. Add the steak tips to the bowl and toss until evenly coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl with beeswax wrap or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. You can turn the steak tips every few hours for more even marinade coverage.
Step 3: Preheat the grill. Remove the steak tips from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to cooking to bring them closer to room temperature. Preheat your grill on high heat for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Grill the steak tips. Reduce the heat to medium-high. Remove the steak tips from the marinade, allowing the excess marinade to drip back into the bowl. Place the steak on the grill and close the lid. Cook steak tips for about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness. The actual cook time will depend on the thickness of the steak and your desired doneness.
Step 5: Rest the steak. Transfer the steak tips to a plate and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before cutting them into smaller pieces.
Steak Doneness Chart
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Tips for Success
- Choose the right cut of meat. The best steak tips are made with sirloin steak, but other cuts of beef can also be used. Choose steak that is tender and flavorful with a little marbling of fat throughout.
- Cut the steak into tips after grilling. I prefer to marinate and grill my steak tips in larger strips instead of smaller pieces. This makes it easier to handle when marinating and grilling and also makes it easier to achieve your desired doneness.
- Marinate for at least 4 hours. Steak tips are often thick and benefit from a longer marinating time. I recommend at least 4 hours but overnight is even better.
- Preheat the grill. To sear the outside of the steak while keeping the inside tender and juicy, it's important to get the grill grates really hot.
- Don't overcook the steak. Overcooking the steak tips can make them tough and chewy. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the steak, and remove them from the grill when they reach your desired level of doneness.
- Let the steak rest after cooking. Letting the beef tips rest for a few minutes after grilling will help to keep them juicy and tender. Cover them loosely with foil to keep them warm while they rest.
- Slice against the grain. When slicing the steak tips, be sure to cut against the grain. This will help to make them more tender and easier to chew.
What to Serve With Grilled Steak Tips
Summer is the perfect time to grill up delicious steak tips and enjoy them with some mouthwatering side dishes.
A classic side that pairs well with grilled steak tips is potatoes. Whether you like them baked, mashed, roasted, or in potato salad, you really can't go wrong with steak and potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also a great option for a sweet and savory twist.
Salads are another refreshing and healthy side dish that pairs perfectly with grilled steak tips. Spinach Caprese salad, soba noodle salad, Caesar salad, kale salad, or a simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing can add a light and fresh element to the meal.
Alternatively, a hearty pasta salad or ancient grain salad can be a satisfying side that complements the grilled meat. Additionally, honey baked beans provide a sweet and tangy contrast to the rich steak tips.
Finally, pairing your succulent steak tips with grilled vegetables, such as mushrooms, bell peppers, asparagus, zucchini, and caramelized onions, creates a wonderful combination of textures and flavors. And it's healthy, too!
Storage and Reheating
How to Store
- Refrigerator- According to the USDA, grilled steak tips can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
- Freezer- Freeze leftover steak tips by wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and storing them inside a freezer-safe plastic bag or container for up to 6 months.
How to Reheat
To reheat steak, it's best to use medium-rare cooked steak. When reheating, let the leftover steak sit out to reach room temperature. This helps prevent overcooking and drying out.
- Stovetop- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add a little bit of oil. Once hot, add the steak tips and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are heated through.
- Oven- Preheat your oven to 250°F. Place your steak tips on a baking sheet and cover them with foil to prevent them from drying out. Heat them for about 15-20 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature.
- Microwave- Place your steak tips on a microwave-safe dish and cover them with a damp paper towel or lid. Heat on HIGH for 30-60 seconds or until they are hot.
- Grill- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Add the steak tips and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until they are warmed through.
- Air Fryer- Preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Place the leftover steak tips in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Heat for 3-5 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Make the red wine vinaigrette marinade ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This saves time and effort, especially if you're meal prepping or hosting a backyard barbecue.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long you grill steak tips will depend on your desired doneness and the thickness of the steak. On average, steak tips need to cook for 4 minutes per side to achieve medium-rare doneness.
See the "Steak Doneness Chart" above for more details.
Preheat your grill over high heat for 15 minutes before reducing the heat to medium-high and adding the steak tips. You want the grill to be around 500°F for grilling steak tips.
Keep the lid closed while grilling steak tips so that the temperature of the grill stays consistently around 500°F.
Marinating the steak tips overnight and not overcooking them is key to keeping them tender. The acid and salt in the marinate help break down the protein, tenderizing it.
Use a meat thermometer and refer to the "Steak Doneness Chart" above to know when your steak tips are done. For medium-rare steak tips, cook them for about 4 minutes per side or until their internal temperature reaches about 130-135°F.
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Grilled Steak Tips
For the Red Wine Vinaigrette Marinade
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
For the Steak Tips
- 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak tips
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the olive oil. Place the mixing bowl on top of a damp dish towel to keep it steady. While whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until smooth.¼ cup red wine vinegar, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, ½ teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Add the steak tips to the bowl and toss until evenly coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl with beeswax wrap or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days. You can turn the steak tips every few hours for more even marinade coverage.1 ½ pounds sirloin steak tips
- Remove the steak tips from the refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to cooking to bring them closer to room temperature. Preheat your grill on high heat for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to medium-high. Remove the steak tips from the marinade, allowing the excess marinade to drip back into the bowl. Place the steak on the grill and close the lid. Cook the steak tips for about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare doneness. The actual cook time will depend on the thickness of the steak and your desired doneness.
- Transfer the steak tips to a plate and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before cutting them into smaller pieces.
- Doneness Temperatures: Rare- 120-125°F; Medium-Rare- 130-135°F; Medium- 140-145°F; Medium-Well- 150-155°F; Well-Done- 160°F+.
- Quick Tip: Cut the steak into tips after grilling. This makes it easier to handle when marinating and grilling and also makes it easier to achieve your desired doneness.
- Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months.
- Make Ahead: The red wine vinaigrette marinade can be prepared up to 2 weeks in advance.