Denver Steak Recipe

This Denver Steak Recipe is incredibly delicious for every steak lover! This tender steak is marinated and grilled to perfection.

Denver Steak Recipe

Denver steak is one of my favorite steak cuts.

It’s cut from the shoulder blade, where the chuck roast comes from. The serratus ventralis muscle is directly underneath the shoulder blade bone. It doesn’t see a lot of action, so it makes an incredibly tender. A skilled butcher removes this steak with surgical percision–I’m sure your local butcher will have some ready and waiting for you.

denver steak cut

The Denver steak cut is incredibly tender, almost pillow-like! It has a good amount of marbling, and not a lot of connective tissues. The Big beefy flavor is what drives Denver steak recipes! You only need a few ingredients and a hot grill to make this a delicious cut of meat you’ll be going back for.

Look for these words when you’re searching for a tender cut of beef: filet mignon, new york strip steak, Delmonico steak, or flat iron steak.

If it resembles something close to pot roasts, short rib, or you can a lot of connective tissue, this will mean you’ll need to cook it low and slow to create tenderness.

Denver Steak Recipe

First, you’ll want to gather your ingredients:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
salting a denver steak

Salt and pepper are the best way to enjoy this Denver cut steak.

However, I marinaded mine in my Steak Marinade. Soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Allow this to permeate the meat for a good hour or so. I like to put the meat and marinade into freezer bags and remove as much air as possible. This helps marinade faster, giving big flavor!

We want to use high temperatures for maximum tenderness and get a good sear on the tender muscles.

Other methods you could use to cook:

  • Sous Vide – Sous vide is a scientific way of cooking in temperature-controlled water, with your food in a plastic bag. If you love cooking this way, sous vide steak is incredible! But, you do need specific equipment.
  • Reverse Sear Method – cook your steak in the oven until a specific temperature, then remove and use a hot pan to sear each side quickly. This is where you can baste melted butter, herbs, and fresh garlic for added flavor.
  • Cast Iron Skillet – a favorite of mine when I don’t have access to a grill! Get a cast iron pan screaming hot, and get a perfect sear on each side.

While testing this Denver steak recipe, I used an outdoor gas grill and an “in stove” electric grill. Both were cranked to medium-high heat, and grilled up wonderfully!

Pro Tip: Get your perfect cut of Denver steak to room temperature, or as close as you can before cooking. While this has been debunked, and you don’t *have* to, I like a warm center on my beef cuts. So, this means taking the chill off the meat for grilling!

denver steak recipe idea

Grilling your Steaks

Nervous about what temperature to grill your steak at? Use this Best Temperature to Grill Steak post to guide you to your perfect temperature!

Place your steak on the grill, and do not touch it! You only have one chance to get those perfect grill marks, and the more you move it and play with it the less time the proteins have to coagulate.

Pro Tip: Don’t close the grill on the first side! Leave it open to circulate as much air around the fire as possible. This helps with the searing and browning!

After a few minutes, turn your steak 45 degrees, so you can get the cross-hatches on your steak. You know you love them! Set a timer for 2 minutes, then flip to the other side.

For a medium-rare steak, cook it for 2-3 minutes per side. Add a minute or two extra if you like it cooked more.

A medium-rare steak’s internal temperature is somewhere between 130˚-140˚. If you want exact precision, invest in a Meater! You can control it from your phone, and it will alert you when your food is ready to come off the grill!

Allow your steak to rest for a few minutes before slicing into it.

tender steak cut

You want to slice against the grain with a Denver steak. The striations in the meant are seen easily, so you shouldn’t have an issue identifying them, and cutting perpendicular to the lines.

What to Serve on the Side

Finally, if you’re wondering what to serve with your steak dinner, I’ve got a few ideas for you!

You could serve a steakhouse favorite of wedge salad and baked potatoes. I love serving Cream Roasted Cauliflower or loaded mashed potatoes!

Save this to your favorite Steak Board on Pinterest!

Denver Steak Recipe
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Denver Steak Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: american


  • 12 Denver Steaks
  • 2 TBS Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce


To a ziploc bag, add in the soy sauce and Worcestershire. Add you denver steaks to the bag, and release all the air. Marinate for up to 6 hours.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Allow steaks to come to room temperature.

Grill over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side, depending on if you like it medium-rare. If you like your steak done more, add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.

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