This Steak Marinade is the perfect marinade for any steak you’re planning on grilling or smoking. It infuses the meat with a classic steak flavor that beautifully compliments the richness of the beef.
Best Steak Marinade
I’m not kidding when I say this is the best steak marinade. Ever. This marinade was made to compliment everything from flank steak to skirt steak to rib eye steak. Like all good marinades, it contains 5 key elements that ensure your meat cooks up tender, juicy, and full of flavor.
- Fat. Fat prevents the acid from breaking down the protein in the meat.
- Acid. Adding acid to the marinade helps to tenderize the meat.
- Sugar. Sugar helps to balance out the flavors in the marinade.
- Salt. You need salt in your marinade to add a savory element.
- Herbs and Spices. The addition of herbs and spices brings in a unique flavor profile to the marinade.
This marinade is packed with umami richness. The red wine vinegar is light and fresh, the Worcestershire sauce was practically made to compliment beef, and the fresh thyme and minced garlic are always delicious when paired with rich beef. Honey brings a sweet element to the marinade to help balance out the flavor, and the olive oil provides much-needed fat for flavor.
Quick Steak Marinade Ingredients
This quick steak marinade only contains 9 ingredients, many of which you’re likely to have in your pantry. The ingredients in this marinade help to tenderize the meat, and introduces amazing flavor into the steak.
Here’s what you’ll need for your steak marinade:
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Black pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- Fresh thyme
- Minced garlic
How to Marinate Steak
Marinating steak is a great way to prepare your steak before grilling. Once you have all your ingredients assembled, it is important to marinate your steak in an appropriate vessel. I prefer a plastic zip top bag because it allows me to press out all the air, and I can ensure that the marinade is on all sides of the steak. You can use a glass or a non-reactive bowl to marinate the steak; you will just need to toss and turn the steaks a few times while marinating to ensure they are well-coated.
To marinate your steak, place your steak and all ingredients in zip-top bag or non-reactive glass container. Massage or toss the meat in the marinade to ensure it is evenly coated on all sides. Place the marinating steak in the refrigerator and allow the steak to marinate for at least 4 hours. You can marinate this steak for up to 8 hours. If you have thinner cuts of steak, opt for marinating them for a shorter amount of time. A thick cut of steak will need 6-8 hours of marinate time.
This marinade was made to compliment many cuts of beef. I recommend firing up your favorite grill and trying this marinade on flank steak, skirt steak, top round steaks (London broil), sirloin steaks, and my new favorite, the chuck eye steak. Chuck eye steaks are often referred to as the “poor man’s ribeye,” and they’re coming into more grocery stores lately. I recommend avoid more expensive cuts like ribeyes, New York, and tenderloins when using this marinade.
Quick note: This marinade will cover approximately 1 pound of steak, so if you have larger amounts of steak that you are marinating, you will need to double or triple the recipe.
Steak Marinade Recipes
If you love steaks that have been lovingly marinated in delicious herbs and spices before placed on the grill, you’re sure to love these other steak marinade recipes from Hey Grill Hey:
Easy Steak Marinade Recipe
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- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5 cloves minced garlic
- Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a zip top bag or a non-reactive glass bowl.
- Place the steak in the marinade, and massage or toss the steak to ensure it is evenly coated on all sides.
- Place the bag or container of marinating steak in the refrigerator and allow the steak to marinate for 4-8 hours. Smaller steaks can marinate for 4 hours, thicker cuts can marinate for 6-8 hours.
- Remove steaks from marinade and grill to desired doneness.