Cheap Steaks in Pineapple Soy Marinade

Learn how to make cheap steaks tender using an enzyme marinade.

Cheap Steaks in Pineapple Soy Marinade

The key to making a cheap steak taste great is to use a marinade. We told you about the different kinds of marinades over here. We wanted to therefore show you one of them in action.

We’re using an enzyme marinade here. Some fruits and vegetables have an enzyme called protease that can break down meat proteins to make them more tender. Pineapple is one of the fruits that has this enzyme. We went with pineapple juice for the enzyme action here and then some soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger for added flavor.

The thing to remember about an enzyme marinade is that it can turn meat to mush pretty quickly. Don’t marinate it for too long. We went with 1 hour on this one. It turned out pretty great 🙂

Cheap Steaks in Pineapple Soy Marinade


  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger
  • 3 eye round steaks (about 1 and 1/3 pound total)
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil


  1. Mix together pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic cloves and ginger. Put in a zip-top bag and add steaks. Seal and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat cast-iron skillet on high heat. Add oil. Cook steaks two minutes per side for a rare steak, longer to achieve desired doneness.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.