If I’m going to eat a steak, I typically want it grilled. Pan-seared is great and all, but the charred grill marks that stripe a fillet when cooked over a hot flame add such an outrageous smoky flavor. All a piece of steak needs is a generous blanket of salt and pepper—but after enjoying the simple route for the first several weeks of barbecue season, it’s time to top it like it’s hot. Here, five super-easy—and surprising—ways to turn a piece of steak into a restaurant-worthy dish.
GRILLED STEAK WITH LEMON AND THYME
Slice lemons—yup, you can grill citrus—and throw those on the grill along with a few sprigs fresh thyme (turn carefully!) until charred.
GRILLED STEAK WITH SOY SAUCE SCALLIONS
Toss scallions with soy sauce, then grill until charred. Slice and top on steak.
GRILLED STEAK WITH CHIPOTLE BUTTER
If you’re like WTF is chipotle butter and why don’t I eat it all the time, good: It’s only two ingredients—chipotle sauce (found canned in the international aisle of your grocery store) and butter. Stir a spoonful into softened butter, then return to fridge to chill and harden before topping on steak.
GRILLED STEAK WITH PESTO MAYO
Stir together pesto and a little mayo for a creamier (better?) version of the green favorite.
GRILLED STEAK WITH WHIPPED FETA AND ROSEMARY
If you love feta, it’s time to whip it. What that means: Stir the creamy crumbles with a spoonful or so of sour cream until creamy. Top with chopped fresh rosemary.