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Houstons Hawaiian Ribeye Recipe: Copycat Steak Marinade and Rib Tips

There’s nothing quite like Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye Recipe. It’s one of the signature dishes at Houston’s Restaurant and for a good reason. The perfect blend of savory flavors, a hint of sweetness from the pineapple and brown sugar, all combined with a perfectly cooked rib-eye steak, this dish is a taste bud tantalizer. So, if you’re craving this flavorful dish but can’t make it to Houston’s restaurant, don’t worry! We’re here to guide you through recreating this Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye recipe in your own backyard.

Understanding the Ribeye Steak

Before we dive into the actual process, let’s take a moment to understand the star of our Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye recipe: the rib-eye steak. This cut of beef is known for its rich, meaty flavor that’s perfect for grilling. It’s best when cooked to medium or medium-rare, though you can cook it to your desired level of doneness. Just remember, the ribeye is at its best when it’s cooked to at least 135°F (medium-rare) on an instant-read thermometer.

A succulent, raw rib-eye steak on a cutting board, ready to be marinated.

The Signature Marinade

The secret to a fantastic Hawaiian Ribeye lies in the marinade. For this, we’ll need a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger, garlic cloves, and pineapple juice. The low sodium soy sauce adds a savory umami flavor, while the brown sugar and pineapple juice add a touch of sweetness. Fresh ginger and garlic cloves bring a zing that cuts through the richness, creating a well-balanced flavor profile.

Prepping the Marinade

To prepare the marinade for the Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye recipe, you’ll need a medium bowl. Combine your low sodium soy sauce, cup of sugar, cup of apple cider vinegar, pineapple chunks, and brown sugar. Whisk pineapple juice into this mixture until the sugar dissolves. Add in your grated fresh ginger and minced garlic cloves, and you’re good to go.

Marinating the Steak

Once your marinade is ready, it’s time to let your ribeye steak soak up all those delicious flavors. Place your steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag, removing as much excess air as possible, and ensure the steak is fully immersed in the marinade. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally to make sure the steak marinates evenly.

A ribeye steak soaking in marinade inside a resealable plastic bag.

Getting the Grill Ready

While your steak is marinating, you can get your grill ready. You can use a gas grill, charcoal grill, or even a grill pan if that’s what you have on hand. If you’re using a charcoal grill, aim for a two-zone fire with medium-high coals on one side and medium-low coals on the other. This setup allows you to sear your steak over high heat and then finish cooking it over low heat for perfect results.

Grilling the Steak

Once your steak has marinated and your grill is hot, you’re ready to start cooking. Remove the steak from the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. This step is crucial because excess marinade on the steak can cause flare-ups on the grill. Place your steak over the medium-high heat side of the grill and cook it for a couple of minutes on each side. Then, transfer the steak to the cooler part of the grill and continue cooking until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

A marinated ribeye steak sizzling on a hot grill.

Resting and Serving the Steak

After your steak is cooked, it’s essential to let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the steak, resulting in a more flavorful and juicy bite. Once rested, serve your Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye with your choice of sides. We recommend a dollop of sour cream or a slice of grilled pineapple for a truly Hawaiian touch.

Enjoying Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye at Home

With these simple steps, you can enjoy the savory, sweet, and tangy flavors of the Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye recipe right in your own home. It’s a great option for a special occasion or just a Monday night dinner. So the next time you’re craving a taste of Houston’s Restaurant, why not try your hand at making their famous Hawaiian Ribeye? You might just discover a new favorite recipe.

A perfectly cooked Houston’s Hawaiian Ribeye served on a white plate with sides.

Houston's Hawaiian Ribeye Steak Recipe

Houston's Hawaiian Ribeye Steak Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes

A tropical twist on a classic dish, this Houston's Hawaiian Ribeye Steak recipe brings the taste of the islands to your dinner table. Marinated in a delectable Hawaiian marinade, the ribeye steaks are grilled to perfection and served with a side of grilled pineapple slices and steamed vegetables for a complete, satisfying meal.


  • 4 ribeye steaks (10-12 oz each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper


  1. Start with the Hawaiian marinade. In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add in the minced garlic, grated ginger, chopped green onions, and black pepper. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  3. Place the ribeye steaks in a large ziplock bag or a shallow dish. Pour the marinade over the steaks, making sure they are fully submerged. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate. Marinate the steaks for at least 24 hours for the best flavor. Remember to turn the steaks occasionally to ensure even marination.
  4. When you're ready to cook, preheat your grill to high heat. Remove the steaks from the marinade and pat them dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the steaks with a little salt and pepper.
  5. Place the steaks on the grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. Remember, cooking times may vary based on the thickness of your steaks and the heat of your grill.
  6. Once done, remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the steak.
  7. Serve your Hawaiian Ribeye Steaks with a side of grilled pineapple slices and steamed vegetables for a complete, satisfying meal.


When grilling, make sure to not flip the steaks too often as it can make the meat tough. Turn them only once halfway through the cooking time. Always use tongs or a spatula to handle the steaks on the grill. Using a fork can puncture the meat and cause it to lose its juices.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 850Total Fat: 60gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 2500mgCarbohydrates: 20gNet Carbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 60g

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