This easy, mouth-watering steak marinade is not only insanely good but adds tenderness to any steak in as little as 30 minutes. Using soy sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and a few other pantry ingredients, you can have the best juicy steak at home in less than an hour.
A homemade steak marinade can quickly elevate your steak past most steak houses. While perfect for strip steaks, it will elevate even cheaper cuts to outstanding.
Marinades add flavor to meat, but when made with acid ingredients, like lemon juice, they will also tenderize some.
The inspiration is a very popular recipe around the internet on blogs and recipe sites. The original (I think) is known as "Best Steak Marinade in Existence" on Allrecipes.com.
This is my simplified version of that popular recipe. Only a few changes the technique and some minor changes to make it friendly for smaller amounts.
A lower 5. The "lower" is due to only being a marinade recipe. The steak is a high 5. My wife felt it was the best strip steak she has had in years. We have repeated it many times since.
How Long to Marinade?
As little as 20 to 30 minutes will transfer lots of taste to your steaks. I like to get a few hours if I have time. Please refrigerate for food safety.
Up to 8 hours is fine, and some recommend up to 24 hours. But due to the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce with vinegar, it can affect the texture if marinaded for over 8 hours.
While you can use this marinade with almost any method of cooking your steaks, it is outstanding with grilled steaks.
Clean and oil grates. Preheat grill on high.
Grill about 5 minutes per side until you reach your desired internal temperature. The exact time varies by thickness and your grill. Generally about 10 minutes for me to get medium-rare.
Detailed Steak Recipes
Trim the steak well before adding to the marinade so you won't need to manipulate the meat before cooking.
The acids, in this case, the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, will help tenderize. This will be better if you marinate for a few hours.
The oil will help carry any fat-solvable flavors into the meat. This will occur fairly quickly.
Run through a blender if you want, but it doesn't seem necessary to me.
Use black pepper if you don't have white.
Add a pinch of crushed red pepper or a hot or pepper sauce if you want.
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In a 1-gallon zip lock bag, combine 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 ½ tablespoons dry basil, 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes, and ½ teaspoon white or black pepper.
Trim your steaks of extra fat. Here are two strip steaks about 12 oz each.
Add the steaks to the bag, squeeze out the air and mush the steaks around to get them coated well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes but 2 to 8 hours is a bit better.
Remove from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill as usual. You can also pan-sear.
Grilling Instructions (more details in recipes listed above and in recipe card)
Clean and oil grates. Preheat grill on high.
Grill about 5 minutes per side until you reach your desired internal temperature. The exact time varies by thickness and your grill. Generally about 10 minutes for me for medium-rare.
Allow to rest for 5 minutes or so before cutting.
The Best Steak Marinade
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 ½ tablespoon dry basil
- 2 teaspoons dry parsley flakes
- ½ teaspoon black or white pepper - white preferred
- In a 1 gallon zip lock bag combine: 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 4 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 ½ tablespoons dry basil, 2 teaspoons dry parsley flakes and ½ teaspoon white pepper.
- Trim your steaks of extra fat.
- Add the steaks to the bag, squeeze out the air and mush the steaks around to get them coated well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes but 2 to 8 hours should be fine.
- If grilling, clean and oil grates. Then preheat the grill on high.
- Remove from the marinade and discard the marinade. Do not rinse or pat off.
- Grill about 5 minutes per side until you reach your desired internal temperature. The exact time varies by thickness, your grill, and desired final internal temperature. About 10 minutes total for me for medium-rare.
My Private Notes
- As little as 30 minutes will give some results. The recommended time is 2-8 hours, but up to 24 hours should be fine.
- Fresh garlic is a good substitute.
- I really like the white pepper here but if you don't have it, use black.
- This is probably not for the steak purest. They want plain steak.
- Trim the steak well before adding in the marinade.
- I especially use this on strip steak, but it should be great on sirloin or other cheaper cuts.
Grilling InstructionsClean and oil grates. Preheat the grill on high. Grill about 5 minutes per side until you reach your desired internal temperature. The exact time varies by thickness and your grill.
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To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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