Serve The Perfect Steak with a Southeast Asian twist at your next cookout. Dark, rich and smoky notes pair well with beef and Asian flavors.
Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
8 min
Steak loves umami: the dark, rich flavor we associate with mushrooms, soy sauce, and in many cases, a good full-bodied stout beer. Choose something bold and smoky: its flavors will pair well with the ingredients below. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, try a dark beer ice cream float. You’ll be surprised how well they work together.


  • 2 steaks, preferably New York Strip 1-in (2.5 cm) thick


  • 2 cups (500 ml) stout beer: go for a rich, smoky flavor
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper


  • 1/4 can stout beer
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Splash of fish sauce
  • 1 cup (250 g) brown sugar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Thinly sliced scallions (green onions) – reserve these as a final topping


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a resealable bag then add the steak.
  2. Seal the bag while squeezing out as much of the air as possible. Knead the steak to combine the marinade ingredients and thoroughly coat the steak. Let marinate for 1-4 hours or longer in the refrigerator.
  3. While the steak marinates, combine the drizzle ingredients in a shallow saucepan and reduce over MEDIUM heat until the sauce is thick and sticky.
  4. Preheat your grill on HIGH to a target temperature of 550F (288C), then reduce the burner output to MEDIUM heat. Always preheat on HIGH, then reduce the heat once the target temperature is reached.
  5. Grilling the perfect steak is easy, and generally takes less than 10 minutes. By flipping the steak through the four positions below, you’ll end up with the perfect diamond-shaped sear marks, every time. Searing heat enhances flavor, breaks down fats, and creates a delicious appearance. Brush or spray your cooking grids with cooking oil before grilling to season them.
  6. Follow the Perfect Steak Grilling Guide to achieve your desired doneness.

Steak Grilling Guide

  • Place steak in the 10 o’clock position
  • Flip the steak over in that same 10 o’clock position
  • Flip the steak into the 2 o’clock position (sear marks line up with the cooking grid)
  • Flip the steak over in that same 2 o’clock position

For the best presentation, remove the steak and slice it immediately. Transfer to a plate and drizzle the steak juices over top, then drizzle the reserved rich sauce from the pan and a sprinkle of green onions. Serve.

A side of grilled mushrooms and onions with the same marinade is a great compliment to the steak. Sauté them on a griddle or directly on the cooking grids.