Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hawaiian Steak Salad with Grilled Pineapples

I really wasn't in the mood to take pictures this evening.  I am tired and (was) hungry and getting the food into my mouth was my biggest concern.  But how could I NOT take a picture of those beautifully grilled pineapples???

Hawaiian steak is a classic Johnston Family recipe.  If you look in my recipe box, you know the true Johnston recipes because they are the ones that are typed out and were in the box when I received it as a gift from my little sister (I talked about this before here).  I like this recipe particularly because this is exactly how it reads:

- combine 1 can (6 oz) Dole pineapple juice
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Use to marinate 1 lb. steak

I don't know exactly what tickles my funny bone about it.  Perhaps it is the extreme conciseness of the recipe?  I catch myself on this because what do I expect it to say?  I think I am just so used to reading Martha Stewart recipes that include the minutest of details.  Martha's recipe would tell you to whisk together the ingredients in a medium sized non-reactive bowl, and then to place the steak in a sealable container and pour the marinade over it, seal the container and refrigerate for some specified amount of time, flipping the steak at least once during the marinating time.  Then it would give detailed grilling instructions.  But this recipe?  Combine the ingredients and use as a marinade.  I love it.

Anyway, I combined the ingredient except the green onions (I will never ever put green onions in something I am cooking) and used it to marinate about a pound of sirloin steak.  I left it in the fridge for 2 days, which seems to be a good length of time, but I am sure 1 day or even less would suffice.  Then I grilled it along with some pineapple rings and put both items over lettuce dressed with a little bit of seasoned rice wine vinegar.  I have lots of steak and some pineapple left over.  I will likely make steak sandwiches and perhaps a steak rice bowl with the left overs.  Yum yum.

Bon appetit.


  1. Mmmm, I love grilled pineapple. The bloody steak sitting on top of it I can do without, but the pineapple does look delicious, Erin!

  2. That "bloody" steak is cooked to perfection. In fact, when I first cut into it, I though, damn, Erin, you know how to grill a steak.

    You could make this meal with tofu or something. Doesn't tofu take marinade really well?

  3. Pretty!!

    But I agree with Santina - the steak is too rare. J would like it though!

  4. Poor J probably has to eat well done charred steak if you're cooking :)

  5. Yumm, grilled pineapple + meat-- yes please! :)

    star-crossed smile