Simple Steak Marinade

Amber Bracegirdle | Bluebonnet Baker

Discover how to make a simple steak marinade to add lots of flavor and make your steak not just tasty, but tender too!

Marinating steak is a very quick and easy way to add extra flavor. Depending on the ingredients and length of time involved, it can also be a good way to break down the fibers in the meat. This gives you tender results and is a great way to save money, as it means you can buy the more economical cuts of meat and still produce a tasty, juicy dish!

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How long should I marinate steak?

Just 20 minutes in a marinade can add flavor to your steak, but if you have the time then you should leave it for anywhere up to 8 hours. More than that and you risk OVER-tenderizing the meat and making it mushy.

And no one wants mushy steak!

The only exception to this would be if you have bought a cheaper cut of meat. These tend to be a lot tougher, so an extended marinating time can be helpful.

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How much marinade should I use?

As a rule of thumb, for every 1 pound of steak, you'll need 1/2 cup of marinade.

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Can I use the marinade to baste the meat?

We recommend discarding the marinade once you remove the steak in order to cook it. This is because it has touched the raw steak, and is, therefore, unsafe to use.

Instead, why not set some of the marinade aside BEFORE adding the steak? That would be perfectly safe to use for basting.

The easiest way to marinate your steak is to put the marinade and meat into a large, zip-top bag. This allows you to cover every part of the steak, and it's easy to turn it over halfway through to make sure that both sides are evenly done.

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Here are a few simple steak marinade recipes for you to try. 

For all 3 recipes...

  1. Whisk all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined. 
  2. Pour the marinade into a zip-top bag and add the steak, making sure the meat is properly covered.
  3. Place in a shallow dish in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes (or preferably longer, as described above) 

Soy Sauce Marinade

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup oil

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp dried mustard

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Fajita Marinade 

1/3 cup lime juice

1/3 cup pineapple juice

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Super Simple Steak Marinade

1 cup Italian Dressing

1/2 cup A1 Original Sauce

1/2 cup Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

You may also like this recipe for Miso Marinated Steak Salad, or why not use one of the marinades listed here to flavor the steak for these Steak Tacos?

And if you need tips for cooking the perfect steak, you can learn how to cook a ribeye steak here.

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Amber Bracegirdle

About Amber

Amber is a native Texan, born to a family of fabulous cooks. She shares her love of all things Tex-Mex and Southern both on her blog, Bluebonnet Baker, and here on Food Fanatic. She heavily endorses the use of the contraction "y'all".