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When it comes to cooking steak, the options are endless. There are so many different cuts of steak and seasoning can get even trickier.

In this article, we have narrowed it down to four different cuts of steaks (London Broil, Sirloin, Hanger, and Skirt), seasoned in four different ways for a trip around the globe in your own kitchen. Best of all, these recipes are simple and easy, even for the newbie cook!

Remember, when following these recipes that cuts of meat can vary greatly in size, so be sure to check your meat as it’s cooking and adjust according to your preferences.

Without further ado, here are four of the best ways to season steak!

How to Season Steak

1. Italian-Style London Broil


How to Season London Broil


This is usually referred to as a method of cooking rather than an actual cut. However, many butchers use the term to describe a large, lean cut of beef.

London Broil is lean and needs to be either marinated before cooking or cooked for many hours in a slow cooker to achieve fall-apart tenderness. In this recipe, we’ll be going with the latter.

Slow simmered cuts of beef are a mainstay in authentic Italian cooking and you will often see large platters of shredded chunks of beef in tomato sauce served alongside Italian entrees like pasta.

The flavor is very rustic and makes the whole house smell like you’ve spent the day cooking. Dish up this recipe over zucchini noodles for a complete meal.

Prep time: 15 minutes — Cook time: 6 hours — Yield: 6 servings


  • 2-3 lb London broil
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine

How to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium/high heat until olive oil is shimmering. Rub steak with oregano, basil, sea salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Place steak on pan and brown each side 3-4 minutes.
  3. Place steak with drippings in slow cooker. Add garlic, tomato sauce and red wine. Cook on medium heat 4-6 hours, until fork tender.
  4. Shred beef and serve over spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles for a Paleo pasta dish.

2. Asian-Style Sirloin


How to Season Sirloin


Sirloin is terrific for cutting into chunks and marinating, which is exactly what this Asian-style recipe includes.

Sesame oil and pineapple juice come together with coconut aminos, garlic, and cilantro to tenderize the steak and seal in the flavor of the marinade. Once marinated, the cubes of steak get tossed in a hot pan until lightly charred all around.

This recipe is perfect served over cauliflower rice with fresh vegetables for a Paleo dinner.

Prep time: 10 minutes + 2 hours to marinate — Cook time: 10 minutes — Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 lb. sirloin steak
  • 2 T coconut aminos
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 t garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1 T olive oil (for cooking)

How to Make It

  1. Cut steak into 1-2 inch cubes. In a small bowl combine ingredients for the marinade. Add steak to marinade and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pieces of steak and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve with vegetables over cauliflower rice.

3. Blackened Brazilian Hanger Steak


How to Season Hanger Steak


The chimichurri hanger steak gives a nod to Brazilian steakhouses, cooked over high heat for a rich blackened flavor.

After resting, the hanger steak is sliced into thin strips and served with a cilantro-lime based chimichurri sauce to add some herbal zing.

Serve this with cauliflower tabouli and you have an exotic feast!

Prep time: 15 minutes — Cook time: 15 minutes — Yield: 2-4 servings


For Steak:

  • 1-2 lb hanger steak
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1 T olive oil, for cooking

For Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T lime juice
  • 2 T cilantro, minced
  • 1 t garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t sea salt

How to Make It

  1. Combine seasonings for steak in a small bowl. Rub seasonings onto all sides of the steak. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat until oil is shimmering.
  2. Add steak and cook for 6-7 minutes. Less time is required for thinner cuts of steak. Flip and cook an additional 6-7 minutes.
  3. While steak cooks, combine ingredients for chimichurri sauce. Set aside.
  4. Allow steak to rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice steak thinly against the grain. Serve with chimichurri sauce.

4. Oven-Barbecued Skirt Steak


How to Season Skirt Steak


The final steak recipe takes us to the good ole’ barbecue flavors of the south.

Instead of grilling or smoking this cut, the skirt steak is rubbed with a generous amount of coconut sugar, cumin, smoked paprika, and other seasonings, then tightly wrapped in aluminum foil and baked in the oven to tenderize the meat as it steams in its own juices.

When the meat is just about finished, it is basted in barbecue sauce and popped under the broiler to create a sweet crisp layer on top of the steak.

This recipe is delicious chopped and served on a Portobello mushroom.

Prep time: 10 minutes — Cook time: 40 minutes — Yield: 2 servings


  • 8 oz skirt steak
  • 2 T coconut sugar
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 4 T Paleo barbecue sauce for basting

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Combine dry seasonings in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Sprinkle seasoning mixture over skirt steak and rub to coat.
  2. Wrap steak in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet in the oven on center rack for 30 minutes. Carefully open aluminum foil and baste steak with barbecue sauce. Turn oven to broil on high. Return steak to oven for 7-10 minutes. Allow steak to rest 5 minutes.
  3. Slice steak against the grain and serve with barbecue sauce.

Now you know how to cook steak, what to season it with, and some tips for making it an outstanding meal!

Jennafer Ashley is a Recipe Developer and Food Photographer. She is the girl behind the healthy recipes at Fresh and Fit, her recipe development company and blog of the same name. Jennafer loves to cook recipes that suit a variety of diet lifestyles- from Vegan to Paleo. Her philosophy on food is that it should be beautiful, affordable, and of course, delicious. When Jennafer isn’t in the kitchen, you can find her hiking with her German Shepherd or perusing the aisles of home decor stores. PaleoHacks is a top source for amazing Paleo recipes, fitness tips, and wellness advice to help you live life to the fullest.


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