Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak Cuban Style

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Cuban Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak is as wonderful and special as any meat eating and grilling enthusiast could ever hope for. Many countries and cultures have grilled steaks in their cuisines, of course, but Cuban Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak is unique. This is because of the specific marination ingredients and preparation method – and it is very Cuban!

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Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak (Cuban Style) Recipe-


(serves 2)

    • In a small saucepan over medium heat, fry the cumin seeds. Stir continuously, until the seeds smell toasty and have turned a deep, dark brown – this should only take a minute or two.
    • As soon as they are done, remove from the burner and pour the seeds into a bowl – you want them to stop cooking right away.
    • Add and stir into the bowl the sour orange juice, pure orange juice, lime juice, oil, steak seasoning, thyme and oregano.
    • Place the steaks inside a large Ziploc plastic bag, pour the orange juice marinade over the meat. Zip the bag almost all the way closed, then squeeze out all the air that you can, and seal it tight.
    • Place the bag in the fridge, and allow the steaks to marinate for at least 2 hours. Longer is even better. The longer the marination, the stronger the flavor your steaks will have.
    • About 15 minutes before you are ready to cook your steaks, preheat your grille. Lightly oil the grate with a spraying of vegetable oil.
    • Take the steaks out of the marinating bag. You can either discard the marinade, or save it. It will be still good enough to marinate one more round of steaks, especially if you add just a bit of fresh ingredients.
    • Shake off any excess marinade from the steaks, and place them on the grille.
    • Grille them until they are nicely seared on both sides, but still pink inside. 6 to 8 minutes per side will give you medium rare. If you want rare, reduce the time to just 3 to 4 minutes per side. I don’t recommend grilling them until well done, because Cuban steaks are “rarely” eaten that way. It is, of course, your choice. The unique marinating will still give you the authentic flavor.
    • When you have reached the desired level of cooking, remove from the grille. Allow the steaks to sit and “set up” for 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve your Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak Cuban Style right away, while still nice and hot.

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18 thoughts on “Marinated Grilled Rib Eye Steak Cuban Style

  1. Love the looks and sounds of this marinade. Is there a good substitute for “sour orange juice”? I haven’t seen that anywhere here in rural Minnesota.

    • Hi Jack … you really should use sour orange juice for authenticity. If you can’t find it locally, just click on the item in the ingredients list, and you will be taken to the buy page on 🙂

  2. My whole family loves ribeye steak, especially grilled, and this marinade sounds like a wonderful new way to try preparing them – nice!

  3. Love the sound of this recipe! Hubby and I love grilled steaks, and the special marinating will really add to the flavor and tenderness, I bet.

  4. I like the sound of that marinade, a whole lot. With spring grilling season coming up, I’m gonna hang onto this recipe for sure – thanks!

  5. My hubby and me LOVE grilled steaks, and we also both like trying different marinades for meats. So I am gonna tell him we’re grilling this weekend, and I have a new marinade he will just love!

  6. Definitely gotta try this marinade! Hey Marv, I kind of prefer Porterhouse steaks or filet mignon over the rib eyes. You’d still get the same results with this marinade, right? Silly question, really, but just thought or wondered … Cubans mostly prefer the ribbies?

    • Henry, lol – here on this site, there are no “silly” questions. Of course you can use this marinade on any type of beef steaks. The only difference will be the taste and texture of the chosen kind of steak. I honestly don’t know if Cubans prefer rib eyes over other cuts of steaks. I do know that ribbies tend to be very well marbled, so they tend to be among the juciest cuts of steaks.

  7. That is a very unique marinating recipe. I love my grilled steaks, and usually just grille them with a little salt, pepper and butter. But I think I will make an exception and give this one a try.

    • Hey Bob, I am also the kind of guy who usually prefers a good steak just grilled simply, with no frills, to taste the meat itself better. But I also gave exception to this particular recipe, and trust me, it is a taste experience well worth trying.

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