Grilled steak has so much personality, it doesn't need much dressing up. But if you want to wow your guests (or just your own taste buds), try serving it with one of these flavorful sauces.
Advertisement
Grilled Skirt Steak
Credit: CON POULOS

Grilled steak has so much personality, it doesn't need much dressing up. But if you want to wow your guests (or just your own taste buds), try serving it with one of these flavorful sauces.

1. Chimichurri. This tangy herb sauce is what you find on the table all over Argentina.

2. Gremolata. If you want the bright herbs without as much tang as salsa verde, make gremolata, which is more like a garnish than a sauce.

3. Shallot dressing. Think of this warm shallot vinaigrette as a grown-up take on steak with onion rings.

4. Compound butter. If you believe in piling decadence over decadence, top your steak with flavored butter, like one blended with Cognac and parsley, or something more pungent, like anchovies and Parmesan.

5. Aioli. Provençal-style garlicky mayonnaise is a great choice with steak. You can make a cheater version with store-bought mayo, lemon and garlic or pound it out Luddite-style with a mortar and pestle and blend it with a whisk.

6. Poblano sauce. When grilled or roasted, poblanos have a fruity, smoky flavor that's terrific with steak. To make an extra-rich sauce, blend poblanos into aioli or puree the peppers with corn for a Southwestern-inspired accompaniment.

7. Mole. With smoky dried red chiles, sweet spices, and chocolate, a riff on Mexican-style mole is a tasty choice to brush over grilled steak.

8. Smoky almond sauce. You can also try this ancho chile-almond sauce, which is less sweet than mole but just as delicious.

9. Green Sriracha. Sriracha is a category of Southeast Asian hot sauce. Make Susan Feniger's maximalist version with green chiles along with coconut, lemongrass, and makrut lime leaves.

10. Fruit salsa. For an extra-summery meal, serve grilled steak with a sweet-tangy-hot salsa using in-season fruit, like black plums and cherries or peaches and mangoes.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.