Inject Flavor With These 15 Steak Marinade Recipes To Try

Here’s a Recipe Hit List that is primed for the grilling season and features over a dozen tasty steak marinades to try. In my home experimenting with new ingredients is almost a sport where my husband and I like to compete and sneak in a “secret” twist (may the best cook win!). Isn’t that part of the fun?

If you’re wanting something that’s highly seasoned but don’t care much about injecting flavor or tenderizing the meat with a marinade, I like to set the steak out, rub it all over with olive oil then season *generously* with a Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper mix (steak spice is delicious too).

Let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. Once it’s off the grill I add a pat of garlic butter so it melts all over the meat. So simple but boy is it T-asty! I especially like to do this when grilling a Rib steak.

Let’s get started with the marinades. First up is a recipe that I previously posted on Tipnut and moved here for better organization, after that you’ll find a bunch that I’ve scoured and scooped from the ‘net…

1 1/2 cups salad oil
3/4 cup soya sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1/3 cup lemon juice (fresh)
1/4 cup Worcestershire
1/4 cup wine
2 TBS crushed garlic cloves
2 TBS dry mustard
1 TBS pepper
1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes (dry)
2 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients together and use. Keep refrigerated.

Update from below: Ashley commented that their favorite is equal parts Coke, ketchup and BBQ sauce. Now I might just have to try that, great for nights I don’t feel like chopping and dicing!

When looking online for more marinade ideas and flavor twists, I kept chuckling over how many promise to be “the best”…they can’t all be! But they sure do look promising. I posted several below that caught my eye and I’m sure they’ll please. Marinades are usually quite easy to prepare and definitely add a big punch of flavor. I hope you enjoy browsing through the goodies below and discovering a few new favorites! (Ingredients & quotes are partial summaries from the websites).

  1. Chimichurri: Red wine vinegar, Kosher salt, finely chopped shallot, Fresno chile or red jalapeno, minced cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, oregano, EVOO. Epicurious.
  2. With Pineapple Juice: Turn an every day meal into a special occasion with this easy marinade! Tender, juicy, flavorful steaks that are impossible to resist! Mom On Timeout.
  3. Buenos Aires Inspired: This was inspired on my trip to Buenos Aires…and if you know how much they know about steak…then you understand this recipe HAS to be good! Layers of Happiness.
  4. The Baron’s: Includes ginger root. This is full of ingredients that compliment the natural flavor of the beef without overpowering it. BBQ Addicts.
  5. Lemon & Basil: Takes a value/budget steak from good to AMAZING! Article also has some good grilling tips. Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
  6. White Wine: w/ Soy Sauce, peppercorns, Italian seasoning and more. Can be adapted for other meats using the same techniques. Genius Kitchen.
  7. Quick & Easy: Soy sauce, Worcestershire, onion, garlic, honey, olive oil, and fresh herbs. Jessica Gavin.
  8. Weidner’s: Soy sauce, Worcestershire, EVOO, honey, Dijon mustard, freshly minced ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper and coffee grounds. Bev Cooks.
  9. Gluten-Free: Balsamic vinaigrette, Worcestershire, extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic. The Peaceful Mom.
  10. White Wine: Dijon mustard, white wine, olive oil, sliced shallot and fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth. MyRecipes.
  11. Seasoned: Sweet Italian Seasoning dressing, salad or canola oil, garlic, Heinz 57, Worcestershire, seasoned salt, balsamic vinegar, lemon pepper, Italian parsley, red onion (sliced thin), fresh thyme, basil, oregano and chives. Virtually Cooks.
  12. Southwestern: Chipotle puree, a large handful of cilantro, olive oil, Kosher or sea salt, minced fresh rosemary, zest and juice of lime, rosemary, orange juice, fresh cracked pepper, minced shallots. The Meat And Potatoes Foodie.
  13. Beer & Brown Sugar: Seasoned salt, black pepper, garlic powder, dark beer, teriyaki sauce, brown sugar. Food & Garden Dailies.
  14. Ginger-Soy: Red onion, ginger, olive oil, dark soy sauce, red wine vinegar, red chile flakes and a handful of parsley. New York Cork Report.
  15. Garlic-Thyme: EVOO, smashed and coarsely chopped garlic, fresh thyme leaves, coarse salt. Martha Stewart.

Don’t Miss: 11 Tenderizers & Why They Work. If you’re interested experimenting with your own tweaks and ingredients, Epicurious has a good article on how to best go about it. You can read it here.

Freezing Tip: When partitioning up bulk buys to stash in the freezer, store some meal-sized portions in ziploc bags, pour your favorite marinade over the meat then freeze. Try to stack them flat and even in the freezer so that as they thaw, the marinade is able to cover the meat evenly.

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What Readers Are Saying: 2 Comments
  1. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    LOL – I love this ‘competition’ between you and your husband. Marinades are the best! Thanks for mentioning my southwest marinade and my blog. Really appreciate it!

  2. Ashley says:

    Our favorite is equal parts coke, ketchup, and barbecue sauce! Usually I do a cup of each for an average size steak. You should try it! 🙂


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