This steak marinade is made with olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, lemon, herbs and spices, and takes just 5 minutes to put together. It adds tons of flavor to any cut of beef and can be used for grilled, broiled or sauteed marinated steak.
I love to use marinades in cooking, it adds so much great flavor with very little effort. I regularly marinate chicken, shrimp and salmon, and I always have this amazing steak marinade in my constant rotation.
How do you make steak marinade?
This steak marinade is a blend of soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Italian seasoning and spices. Mix everything together in either a bowl or a gallon sized freezer bag. Add your steak, and give it at least one hour to soak up all that great flavor!
Should steaks be marinated?
While it’s not a requirement to marinate your steak, most cuts of beef benefit from being marinated. The marinade adds flavor, and the acid in the lemon juice helps to tenderize the meat.
How long can you marinate steak?
I recommend marinating your steak for a minimum of one hour, but if you have time, it’s really best to marinate your steak for at least 6-8 hours. You can leave your steak in the marinade for up to 24 hours if you prefer.
Tips for Steak marinade
- This marinade can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, so it’s great to make in advance if you’re entertaining. You can even freeze your marinade for up to 2 months if need be!
- Feel free to use a low sodium soy sauce if you’re watching your salt intake.
- Italian seasoning is a blend of dried herbs that can be found in the spice aisle of most grocery stores. This seasoning is typically a blend of dried basil, parsley, garlic and oregano. If you can’t find Italian seasoning, you can blend together your own dried herbs in equal amounts.
- The steak in these photos is topped with an herb butter which is super easy to make. Simply combine 1/4 cup softened butter with 2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs, 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, salt and pepper. Add a dollop of butter on top of each steak as it comes off the grill.
- This marinade works well with most cuts of beef, I recommend using it on flank steak, New York strip, ribeye, sirloin or filet mignon.
The best way to gauge when your steak is done is to use a digital thermometer. You can insert your thermometer into the thickest part of your meat to determine whether the steak is at your preferred level of doneness. I personally like to cook my steaks to medium, I don’t recommend cooking your meat over 150 degrees F as it will be more likely to be tough or dry.
Keep in mind that steaks should rest for at least 5 minutes before you cut into them, so it’s best to take them off the heat a few degrees before you reach your desired temperature, as they’ll continue to cook as they rest.
- Rare: 130 degrees F
- Medium Rare: 135 degrees F
- Medium: 145 degrees F
- Medium Well: 150 degrees F
- Well Done: 160 degrees F
I typically grill my steaks, either on an outdoor charcoal grill or inside on a grill pan. That being said, this marinade works perfectly with sauteed or broiled steak, so go ahead and use whatever cooking method works best for you. Your family will thank you!
More great steak recipes
- Garlic Butter Steak Bites
- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
- Steak Kabobs
- Pepper Steak Stir Fry
- Flank Steak Marinade
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl or in a resealable gallon sized freezer bag. Mix to combine.
- Add steaks to the marinade. Marinate for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
- Cook steak as desired. Marinade makes enough for 2 pounds of steak.