How to Cook Sirloin Tips With Limited Ingredients

by Jackie Lohrey

Olive oil and garlic are all you need for tasty sirloin tips.

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Forget cooking sirloin tips in a multitude of ingredients that change the flavor of the meat. The more you limit cooking ingredients the more you allow “umami” or amino acid flavor compounds in the meat to take center stage and flavor the meat naturally. Limiting ingredients also limits calories, fat and sodium that many marinating and cooking sauces contain. Sirloin tips cut from a sirloin tip side rather than center steak may require marinating to increase tenderness but even in this case, limiting ingredients can produce good results.

Brush the entire surface of 1 lb. of sirloin tips for every two to three servings with olive oil, using 1 tbsp. oil for each pound of meat. Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub each tip with fresh garlic. Season the sirloin tips with a sprinkling of about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. black pepper for each pound of meat.

Preheat a gas grill for 15 to 20 minutes using medium high heat and a charcoal grill for about 30 minutes or until the coals turn a white ash color.

Set the sirloin tips on your grill using tongs to transfer the meat, close your grill cover and cook the tips for about four minutes. Turn the tips using tings and cook the tips another four to five minutes.

Insert a meat thermometer into two or more tips and make sure the temperature is at least 145 degrees F before removing them from your grill.


  • If you want or need to marinate sirloin tips prior to cooking, combine 2 to 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic and up to 1 tsp. black pepper in a small bowl. Add the sirloin tips to a large plastic food bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and massage it with your hands to coat the meat with the oil and garlic mixture. Marinate the tips in your refrigerator for up to two days, turning every few hours to ensure the meat marinates evenly.

    After preparing sirloin tips for cooking, you can also saute them on your stove top. Heat a dry skillet over medium high heat, add the sirloin tips and cook them for five to seven minutes, turning once during cooking.

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About the Author

Based in Green Bay, Wisc., Jackie Lohrey has been writing professionally since 2009. In addition to writing web content and training manuals for small business clients and nonprofit organizations, including ERA Realtors and the Bay Area Humane Society, Lohrey also works as a finance data analyst for a global business outsourcing company.