Healthy Grilling Recipe – Steak with Grilled Tomato Salsa

Guys if you’re like me, anytime is a good time to grill, but it’s always nicer in the summer.  This is one of my favorite outdoor grilling recipes when the weather gets warm.  The list of ingredients is a little longer but don’t get intimidated, nothing is too complicated and you can knock out the marinade then while the steak soaks make the salsa.

Equipment You Will Need

I prefer to use charcoal for grilling, most people didn’t have gas grills when I was growing up and this is how my family did it.  You do you though, if you like gas no worries, whatever is most comfortable for you.  I just got a new Weber charcoal grill so I am having fun breaking it in.  Your going to need a blender or food processor for the marinade and salsa, and as usual a good knife and cutting board.


  • 1 cup papaya, cut in chunks
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper, stemmed, Habanero is a good substitute
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 pounds of skirt or flank steak
  • 8 cloves peeled garlic
  • 3 jalapeno peppers stemmed or more, to taste
  • 4 cored plum tomatoes
  • 1 white onion halved
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • corn tortillas for serving, if you can get fresh all the better!

Let’s Cook!

Ok, couple things to remember here.

Be careful handling any chili pepper, was your hands thoroughly after handling cut peppers or wear gloves, please don’t touch your eye or other sensitive areas, wear clothes while cooking! Same applies to my outdoor grilling recipes!

Don’t marinade the steak for longer than 45 minutes or so, the citrus juice will begin to cook the meat and we’re grilling here!

Put the papaya, half the olive oil, your chili pepper of choice, grapefruit juice, salt and pepper in your blender or food processor and puree (that’s means make a smooth liquid in French!).  Taste it, add more salt and pepper as needed, good cooks constantly taste as they go.

Get a gallon plastic bag and pour in 2/3 of the marinade, add your steak, seal it and shake it around to coat.  You could use a deep dish/bowl too just make sure the steak is covered in that good stuff. Put aside your remaining marinade for basting.

Heat up your grill to high and grill your garlic, jalapenos, tomatoes, and onions on the hottest part of the grill. Pay attention, some of these guys only need a few minutes, this isn’t the time to get more beer or take selfies!  You want these veggies charred in spots and tender, not burned to a crisp, when you have achieved grilledness remove them and let cool.

Look, if you skip grilling the veggies I am not gonna bust your chops, but it does make your salsa nice and smoky. Anyway, when the above are cool throw them in your blender/processor with the remaining olive oil, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.  You want this salsa to be chunky so just a few pulses should do it, actually a food processor is better for this.  Put your salsa in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

Now make sure your grill is still hot then throw that steak on there, and leave the lid up/off.  Cook for at least 12 minutes which should give you medium rare, basting each side with the remaining marinade as you go.  Turn the steak as needed and if you like it more well done you’re probably looking at 15+ minutes total.  A good method is to touch the middle of your steak as it cooks and compare it to the parts of the palm of your hand, look it up, it works!


When your steak is cooked to perfection let it rest for 10 minutes then thinly slice it across the grain.  I like to warm up my tortillas on the grill while the meat rests, you can microwave them too for about 30-45 seconds just throw a wet paper towel on top.  Serve buffet style with the salsa and everyone can make their own tacos. I have a nice easy salad recipe that works well with this that I’ll put up shortly.

Post Prandial Thoughts

As steak grilling recipes go this is one of my favorites, it’s pretty easy and has a spicy kick.  I love the heat but if it’s too much for your hungry hippos you can sub jalapenos for the way hotter scotch bonnet.  If you want to dress up those tacos with some shredded cabbage or cheese or maybe some pickled veggies that sounds good to me!  Any way you do it have fun and enjoy it, grilling should be the most relaxing form of cooking.  Let me know how it went or any questions you have in the comments, enjoy!

-David B