Grilled Sirloin Steak with Tomato Basil Sauce turns an ordinary cut of meat into a tender, savory dish with a rich tomato gravy. The ultimate comfort food!
Sirloin Steak with Tomato Basil Sauce
Sirloin steak takes on a whole new identity when dressed up with a rich, thick tomato basil sauce. We first had this recipe with some cousins and it quickly became a family favorite! The tender grilled steak soaks in balsamic vinegar and spices, creating a tender cut of meat that pairs perfectly with our homemade marinara sauce. The result is a meal very similar to Swiss Steak, and is delicious served with a baked potato, grilled veggies or pasta. Such a versatile meal, and always a crowd pleaser!
Tips for Grilling the Perfect Sirloin Steak
For the juiciest, most tender sirloin steak, here are a few of our tried and true tips:
- Before grilling, let the steak rest at room temperature. Never throw it on the grill straight from the fridge. Give it at least thirty minutes to get to room temperature. That way you don’t shock the steak and make it tighten and get tough.
- Same goes for after it is grilled. Let the meat sit for a few minutes before slicing and serving to allow all the juices to redistribute and allow the steak to relax a little.
- Marinate meat for at least two hours. This recipe uses a very simple marinade of balsamic vinegar, olive oil and Italian dressing mix. Let it get nice and comfy in the marinate in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours. That flavor will soak into the meat and give such a tender texture. So good!
- Use a meat mallet and gently tenderize the steak. It breaks down the muscle fibers in the steak and gives it more of a tender texture.
- Make sure your grill is super hot! Then grill about eight minutes on each side, and use a meat thermometer to check internal temperature. You will want your steak to be about 140 degrees.
What to Serve with Steak and Tomato Basil Sauce
This sirloin steak is delicious alongside any potato, pasta or salad. We love serving it with some of these favorite recipes:
- Summer Skillet Pasta
- How to Bake a Potato (the RIGHT way)
- Parmesan Baked Potato Halves
- Perfect Mashed Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Roasted Green Beans
How to Make Sirloin Steak with Tomato Basil Sauce
Tomato Basil Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes in juice with basil leaves
- 6 large fresh basil sprigs plus additional for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- Coarse kosher salt
- Whisk the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Place the steaks in a resealable plastic bag.
- Pour the marinade over the steaks. Refrigerate marinating steaks for at least 2 hours.
- Remove marinating steaks from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
- Heat grill to medium heat. Add remove steaks from marinade and place on a hot grill.
- Grill steaks for approximately 8 minutes on each side, turning only once. Internal temperature of the steak should reach 140 degrees (use a meat thermometer).
- Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat, make sure the olive oil doesn't turn brown. Add garlic and sauté until a light golden brown, about 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, basil sprigs, and dried crushed red pepper to a food processor and pulse a few times. Add tomato mixture to the garlic in the sauce pan.
- Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer until mixture is reduced to a thick sauce consistency (about 3 cups), stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
- Season sauce to taste with coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Top grilled steaks with tomato basil sauce. Garnish with shredded basil.
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