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Simple Steak Marinade

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 approximately 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. Bcause it has touched the raw steak, it’s actually unsafe to use.

Instead, we suggest setting aside a portion of the marinade before adding the steak. You can then safely use it to baste the meat.

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How to Marinate Steak

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.

Alternately, use a shallow baking dish and lay the steaks down flat. Halfway through, flip the steaks being sure they’re evenly coated.

Simple Steak Marinade Recipes

There are number of ways to make a delicious steak marinade. In general you want to use a combination of oil, some form of acid like vinegar or citrus juice, and seasonings.

Examples of such seasonings would be things like salt, pepper, herbs or garlic. You can adapt any of these recipes to suit your taste or to work with what you have on hand.

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Steak Sandwich Pic
Steak Sandwich Pic


This final steak marinade is perhaps the easiest of all to make, although they are all quick and simple. It’s a classic steak marinade that results in the perfect flavor every time.

Steak Sandwich Pic

If you’re looking for something a bit different, you may also like this recipe for miso marinated steak salad. It’s such a delicious dish?

Love steak tacos? Any of these steak marinades would work great, especially our fajita marinade!

And if you need tips for cooking the perfect steak, check out our guide on how to cook a ribeye steak.