Cola Marinated Steak Tips #SundaySupper

Cola Marinated Steak Tips | Hardly A GoddessSteak tips? If you don’t know what they are, you are not from New England! When I moved here from New York, I wondered the same. What is a steak tip, and why is it on every menu that I come across?! Well, adventurous girl that I am I soon realized steak tips are far from adventurous, and they are kind of like steak bites, that have been marinated to a tenderness unlike any other cut of steak. As a cut of meat they are usually a beef sirloin flap steak that has been cut into strips. They are virtually standard grill food for most people in my area of Massachusetts.  If you order steak tips from a restaurant, they are more saucy and usually served over rice pilaf or mashed potatoes. I am a grill girl though, and will always prefer them this way, if  I make them from home.

Now, as a marinade, you can just use a bottled teriyaki dressing, and be done with it, but I have found the best little variation (but still keeping it simple), works for us: Cola. They say soda is just like drinking battery acid, so I can’t imagine what it does to raw meat…other than make it superbly tender by breaking down all the protein in it. Wonderful tenderizer! Just don’t use the diet stuff- for this recipe you need the sugar syrup, good old, normal cola.

Here’s what I use for the marinade:

Cola Marinated Steak Tips | Hardly A Goddess

Here’s the recipe:

Cola Marinated Steak Tips #SundaySupper


  • 4 ounces Cola
  • 4 ounces bottled Italian dressing
  • 4 ounces bottled chili sauce
  • 5 ounces cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 1/2 lbs. steak tips.


Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a shallow dish. Add the steak and marinate for 8 hours, turning once, half-way through.

If you are grilling, go ahead and preheat the grill to medium-high heat. If you are cooking on the stove, your pan should be medium high heat as well.

Remove the tips from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature.

Discard the marinade, and grill or saute the meat until done to your liking.

Cola Marinated Steak Tips | Hardly A Goddess

Since, I know many of you won’t grill, I am listing these easy cooking times recommended specifically for steak tips, from the Butcher site at the Meat House, a place where I used to get my steak tips, before they went and moved too far away from us!

Grill: 4-6 minutes per side on medium/high heat

Roast: 14 total minutes at 400 degrees

Broil: 4-6 minutes per side on high heat

Sauté: 4-6 minutes per side on high heat

Now, since I live in New England, there are a lot of other great regional recipes that I could have shared with you, but I hope you will try this one! Lots of other regional specialties abound outside of my world however, so I am happy to share the recipes from my friends at Sunday Supper. This event will be hosted by Sue Lau, from A Palatable Pastime Thank you Sue!






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39 thoughts on “Cola Marinated Steak Tips #SundaySupper

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  16. Renee Dobbs

    Okay so since I’m in Atlanta I’ll have to use Coca-Cola. I do want to make it one day. I am so curious how they taste. I’ve never used cola in a marinade for something other than ham.

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  21. lk529

    I’ve not heard of steak tips! I’m not scared of “cola”, everything in moderation. I am highly intrigued by this marinade and I’ve pinned your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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