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Grilled Steak Tacos, Hawaiian Style

These Grilled Steak Tacos are hugely flavorful and a hit at every cookout. The marinated steak is tender and succulent. Pineapple salsa lends a sweet, refreshing vibe.

hawaiian grilled steak tacos with pineapple salsa
Grilled Steak Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

Steak Tacos, Hawaiian Style

I haven’t been back to Maui in approximately nearly two decades, but it’s still crystal clear in my mind. Out of all the places in the world we’ve traveled, it’s hard to beat the laid back vibes of island life.

Also. Hawaiian style food is ‘ono. You know I’m serious about it when you hang around here and find Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken and Hawaiian Salmon Poke and Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, to name a few.

Today, I’m showering some island flavors into these Grilled Steak Tacos and pineapple salsa, which are an instant hit at every cookout, every single time.

  • These steak tacos are ideal for backyard parties and cookouts, as you can plan ahead and have most of it done in advance.
  • The marinated steak is tender and succulent.
  • The pineapple salsa can be made ahead of time, and tastes like you’re in Maui.
  • All you may need besides a heaping plate of steak tacos is a thirst quenching batch of Hawaiian Mai Tai to go along with it…
Grilled Steak Tacos with Pineapple Salsa New York Steak
Boneless New York Steaks are tender and flavorful

What Are Key Ingredients for the best steak tacos?

  • Flank steak is popular for steak tacos. However, I most often reach for boneless New York steaks, as it’s my favorite for tenderness and flavor. If you find boneless NY steaks on sale, definitely grab those.
  • Plenty of freshly chopped onions, ginger, and garlic provide wonderful aromatics.
  • Regular strength soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar work together to balance out the salty, sweet, and tangy fusion
  • Pineapple juice helps tenderize and flavor the steak, and provides that Hawaiian flavor. Plus, leftover pineapple juice is aces for Mai Tai.
  • Be sure to use Asian toasted sesame oil; it’s not the same as regular sesame oil. You’ll find the dark amber Asian sesame oil in the ethnic food aisles of most major grocery stores. It smells amazing.

What goes into the Hawaiian Salsa?

  • We’ve got our usual key players in salsa: tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime, and seasonings.
  • Add some pure honey for sweetness and diced pineapple to take it to an Island level. Fresh pineapple is best, but canned pineapple can be used in a pinch.
  • Save some extra lime slices for garnish.

hawaiian grilled steak tacos

Tips for the most flavorful, tender steak tacos:

  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients and allow steak to marinate at least several hours to overnight
  • Boneless NY steak is my choice for fail-proof flavor and tenderness
  • Pierce steaks throughout with fork prior to marinading, to allow flavors into the steaks as they sit
  • Grill only until medium-rare, for best tenderness. For me, it’s usually about 3 min per side, but it really varies depending on how hot your grill is and the thickness of your steaks
  • Always allow cooked steaks to rest 5 minutes before slicing into them. Slicing too early will cause steaks to lose their juices and possibly dry out
  • Did I mention: make a big batch of Hawaiian Mai Tai (make-ahead!)

More to Cook and Eat:

Try This Beef Barbacoa for tacos and rice bowls, too:

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hawaiian grilled steak

Hawaiian Grilled Steak Tacos

These Hawaiian Grilled Steak Tacos are hugely flavorful and an instant hit. The marinaded steak is tender and succulent. This pineapple salsa makes you feel like you’re in Maui.

  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 30

Yield: 8 1x

Ingredients

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For the Marinated Steaks:

  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 piece (about 1-inch) fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • ½ cup regular strength soy sauce
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TB Asian sesame oil
  • table salt
  • 4 boneless New York steaks, about 1 inch thick

Hawaiian Salsa:

  • 1 large vine-ripened tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 20 oz diced or crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 fresh lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp pure honey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Optional:

  • Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish, lime slices for garnish, and soft corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Marinade the Steaks (do ahead): In a large bowl, whisk together the onion, garlic, ginger, pineapple juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and Asian sesame oil. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and marinade is well incorporated. Marinade can be prepared up to 24 hours ahead of time.
  2. Use paper towels to thoroughly pat-dry the steaks. Use a fork to pierce steaks throughout. Lightly sprinkle on both sides with table salt. Toss steaks in bowl of marinade to coat well. Cover and chill several hours or overnight. Be sure to turn pieces over halfway through, if all pieces aren’t completely immersed in marinade.
  3. Make the Hawaiian Salsa (do ahead): Combine all salsa ingredients in a bowl, toss well, and let chill until ready to use.
  4. To Serve: Grease and heat outdoor grill (or indoor grill pan) to medium-high. Remove steaks from marinade and grill (basting with marinade as desired) taking care not to over-cook, until medium-rare. For me, it’s about 2 to 3 min/side, but cook time largely depends on your grill heat and thickness of your steaks. Discard any remaining marinade. Let cooked steaks rest at room temp 5 minutes, then slice thinly.
  5. Serve with salsa with soft corn tortillas, garnishing as desired.

Notes

This recipe makes a wonderful steak all by itself, too. You can serve the flavorful steaks alongside rice, potatoes, or with salad.

Flank steaks can be used, if preferred.

If needed, check that soy sauce is gluten-free – tamari soy sauce certified GF. 

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Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 291
  • Sugar: 44.8 g
  • Sodium: 449.1 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 50.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 15.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 41.4 mg
  • Author: chewoutloud
  • Category: main, beef
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian Amercian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Grilled Steak Tacos, Marinated Steak, Beef Tacos

Our favorite Hawaiian Style Recipes:

Hawaiian Mai Tai (make-ahead!)

Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (L&L BBQ Copycat)

Hawaiian Apple Bread Pudding

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14 comments

    • AMY

    Wow, I love this recipe it is so delicious and look so easy to prepare. I will def try to make this for the whole family.

    • AMY

    I love finding a new recipe to try. I’m always so scared I am going to mess it up somehow. This looks easy enough for me though. Thanks!

    • TweenselMom (@TweenselMom)

    Just bought my small indoor grill and I’m excited to try grilled recipes. Thanks for this.

    • Lana

    Wow this looks amazing and now I’m super hungry! I’ll try and make it—your pictures look amazing girl!

    • Kenneth Agudo

    Wow this looks really delicious! Would love to try this sometimes. Mouth watering ❤️

    • alexandra cook

    This looks so yummy and easy to make. I’m always looking to spice up my cooking skills and recipes choices. Thanks for the new addition.

    • twinspirational

    I’m a big taco fan..! This dish sounds so great..! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely try this..!

    • Kuntala Banerjee Bhattacharya

    The taco recipe looks quite great. You have spelled it out in detail. Looks yummy.

    • Adriana

    Can we take a second to appreciate those perfect grill lines? This looks so good!!

    • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    this sounds like a great recipe to try this weekend. we love any kind of taco!

    • TheSuperMomLife

    This is basically my husband’s dream meal. I’ll have to make this for him (and the kids) very soon.

    • kumamonjeng

    I love tacos and this version gets so interesting with pineapple! I am sure it is so refreshing and appetizing.

    • Nailil

    This looks so delicious! I would love to try this recipe!

    Nailil
    thirtyminusone.com

    • Kita Roberts

    Hmm yum! This is really mouth watering! Wish this is in front of me right now!

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