From Z to A: The Perfect Spread for Your Steak-Loving Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner. That means it’s grilling season, so this month’s article has some of my favorites to serve dads on their special day. 

Usually I don’t use marinades on steaks, but we grill out so often that it’s fun to change it up once in a while. If you’re the same way, you know how exciting it can be to anticipate something new. This marinade is the perfect thing to add to your Father’s Day celebration this year. Then, just pair the marinated steaks with the parmesan herb potatoes for an incredibly flavorful menu. 


The Best Steak Marinade 


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt and red pepper.
  2. Place 4 rib-eye steaks in a Ziploc bag and pour the marinade on top. Turn the steaks to ensure all sides are coated in the marinade.
  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for two hours or overnight.


Easy Herb Butter


  • fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme leaves
  • 4 tbsp. butter, softened 


Mix together the parsley, thyme and butter and set aside. 


Steak Cooking Instructions:


  1. Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry on both sides.
  2. Place on lightly oiled grill and cook on medium-high heat until desired temperature is reached, making sure to flip steaks half way through. 
  3. Top with herb butter and freshly cracked black pepper if desired. 


  1. Remove steaks from marinade and pat dry on both sides.
  2. Heat a large skillet or cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. of butter, then place the steaks in the pan and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until outside is browned.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook the steaks to desired doneness.
  5. Top each steak with a pat of herb butter and garnish with freshly cracked black pepper if desired.


Parmesan Herb Potatoes 


  • 1 1/2 pounds gold potatoes, well-scrubbed and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 – 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-3 tsp. oregano 
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 400 °F and set aside a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Scrub and wash your potatoes, then cut them into quarters.
  • Pour the melted butter into the bottom of the baking pan, making sure to evenly coat the bottom. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, then the garlic powder and oregano. 
  • Line your potatoes up in an even layer on top of the butter-cheese mixture, then sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
  • Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes, then move to the top rack for the remaining 10 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before removing from baking pan and serving.

Chef note: Cooking time will depend on potato size and thickness. Additionally, baking pan material will make a difference as well.


From Z to A with Zara Abbasi

Zara Abbasi is the pastry chef and recipe developer for Zara Made It. Follow her food adventures on Instagram at @zaramadeit and on Tiktok at @happiestfoodonearth.

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