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Chipotle-Marinated Grilled Rib Eye



  • 1/2 cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 rib eye steaks (about 16 oz each and 1 inch thick)
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Combine the lime juice, chiles, sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a blender. With the blender running, add the olive oil in a steady stream and continue to blend for about 4 minutes to form a frothy emulsion.

Place the steaks in a large glass baking dish and pour half of the chipotle marinade over them. Turn the steaks to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Refrigerate the remaining marinade separately.

Remove the reserved marinade and the steaks from the refrigerator 15 to 30 minutes before grilling. Preheat your grill to high.

Remove the steaks from the marinade and season them on both sides with salt and pepper. Place the steaks on the grill and cook, undisturbed, for about 5 minutes, before turning them with tongs. Cook for an additional 5 minutes for medium-rare.

Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting each into 2 servings. Serve the reserved chipotle lime sauce marinade to be spooned over the steaks at the table.