Dijon Brown Sugar Marinated Steak Recipe

Yields: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinade Time: 1-4 hours
Cook Time: Varies depending on cut and desired doneness


  • 1-1.5 lbs steak: Choose your favorite (flank, sirloin, flat iron, ribeye all work well)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Make the marinade: In a small bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

2. Marinate the steak: Place the steak in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the steak, making sure to coat both sides evenly. Cover the dish or seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up to 4 hours for optimal flavor.

3. Bring to room temperature: Before cooking, take the steak out of the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to allow it come to room temperature. This ensures even cooking.

4. Cook the steak: Preheat your desired cooking method:

5. Grill: Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Grill the steak for 4-6 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to your desired level of doneness.

6. Pan-sear: Heat a cast iron skillet or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add a little oil and cook the steak for 3-5 minutes per side, adjusting time based on thickness and desired doneness.

7. Broil: Preheat your broiler. Place steak on a broiler pan and broil for 5-7 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to your preference.

8. Rest is key: Let the steak rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This allows juices to redistribute for maximum flavor and tenderness.


  • Experiment with flavors: Add a splash of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, or your favorite herbs to personalize your marinade.
  • Doneness guide: Use a meat thermometer for accurate temperature readings if needed. 125°F for rare, 135°F for medium-rare, 145°F for medium, etc.
  • Serve it up: Enjoy your steak with your favorite sides, like grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.


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