How to Tenderize a Cheap Cut of Beef Quickly

Updated November 21, 2016

It's time to figure out what's for dinner, and you find yourself with an inexpensive cut of beef that is a bit too tough as is. If you'd like to tenderise it, but don't have the time to let it marinate overnight, there are several quick and easy ways to tenderise beef. You can economise on groceries by buying inexpensive cuts of meat and tenderising them at home.

Place the meat on a cutting board.

Cover your meat with the cling film. Beat it with the hammer. The pointed edges of the hammer will break down the fibres of the meat and make it less tough.

Take off the cling film, turn the meat over, replace the cling film, and repeat the treatment on the other side of the meat.

Place the meat in a pan and sprinkle it with commercial powdered meat tenderizer. Allow it to set for a twenty minutes, and then cook as usual. Enzymes from pineapple and papaya in the tenderizer will break down the connective tissue that makes the meat tough.


Use pineapple juice to tenderise meat. It will impart more pineapple taste than commercial tenderizers.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Tenderising meat hammer
  • Cling film (optional)
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