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tenderized steak on a cutting board with a meat mallet

How to Tenderize Steak

Learn how to tenderize steak using a meat mallet, marinade, steak seasoning, and by braising! Plus, extra tips and steak recipes.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword how to tenderize steak, how to use a meat tenderizer, steak recipes, tenderizing beef, tenderizing meat, tenderizing steak
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Isabel Laessig


  • Meat mallet
  • Knife


  • 1 steak your choice


  • Lay your steak flat on a cutting board. Butterfly the steak by cutting in half, stopping just before you cut all of the way through. Then, open the steak up and flatten it out.
    beginning to open the steak with the knife after cutting through it
  • Using a meat mallet, pound out the edges of the steak first, working your way towards the middle. You want to pound the steak thinly, but not too thinly.
    Once one side is tenderized, flip the steak over and repeat on the opposite side. A steak properly tenderized with a meat mallet will start to thin and spread out.
    A tenderized steak on a cutting board next to the meat mallet


For the most tender steak, follow these tips:
  • Let your beef come to room temperature before cooking. This ensures it cooks evenly throughout, which is important for achieving the most tender slices of beef.
  • Let it rest before cutting. After you cook it, let your steak rest before slicing. If you slice too early, it will lose some of its juiciness.
  • Slice against the grain, always! The grain refers to the lines running through a cooked cut of beef. Cutting against the grain is so important for tender steak.