Ultimate Steak Marinade

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Add juicy, savory flavors to your next steak by making this easy steak marinade. This delicious steak marinade is made with Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and a touch of lemon.

steak on plate

Simple Steak Marinade

There is nothing better than a perfectly cooked steak. Especially if that steak is perfectly seasoned or marinated before to bring out all of the delicious flavors of the steak.

We love this simple steak marinade because it is made with simple ingredients, but adds big flavor. This marinade is. a combination of sugar, salt, and a little citrus that leaves you with tender, flavorful, and juicy steak.

We recommend marinating your steak to help tenderize (with salt and lemon juice) and add ingredients that compliment the steaks natural flavors.

marinade ingredients in bowls

What ingredients go in steak marinade? There are some basic ingredients that are usually the base of steak marinade and we have added our own twist, too! Here is everything you need.

  • Worcestershire sauce– many steak marinades have Worcestershire in them because it is a vinegar-based sauce that has ingredients like anchovies, garlic, tamarind, and other ingredients that make a salty sauce that goes perfectly with steak.
  • Balsamic vinegar– a little sugar to balance out the saltiness of this marinade comes from the balsamic vinegar.
  • Minced garlic– adding fresh garlic to any marinade adds so much flavor.
  • Olive oil– the olive oil binds all of the steak marinade ingredients together.
  • Lemon juice– a bit of lemon juice lightens up this marinade and aids in tenderizing the steak before you cook it.
  • Lemon pepper– adding some lemon pepper to this marinade brings out the lemon flavor in the marinade.
steaks on plate

There are many different cuts of steak out there and you can marinate any cut of steak in the marinade. We have used this marinade with our grilled flank steak and grilled New York strip stead it is delicious!

Here are other cuts of steak you can use.

This steak marinade will tenderize any of the steaks below.

  • Ribeye
  • New York Strip
  • Skirt
  • T-Bone
  • Porterhouse
steaks marinating in baking dish

You can marinate steak for either 30 minutes to overnight. The longer you marinate steak the more tender your steak will be. Unlike salmon, you can marinate steak for a bit longer without lemon juice cooking the steak.

You can add all of the ingredients for this steak marinade to a mason jar, shake it up, and store it in the refrigerator to have on hand for marinating steak, chicken, or pork!

Kitchen Tools for Marinating Steak

When you make this steak marinade you add big flavor to your steak, but you don’t need many tools for this recipe. Here is everything you need. 

steaks marinating in plastic bag

How to Marinate Steak (3 Steps)

  1. Combine: simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix to combine.
  2. Marine: Place your steak into a dish or large gallon-size bag and pour in the marinade. Make sure that all sides are nice and coated.
  3. Chill: Let steak marinate in the fridge for at lease 30 minutes or up to overnight.

Ways to Cook Steak

Sous vide steak is the ONLY way to eat steak. We are obsessed with the perfectly cooked goodness of sous vide steak. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

Add this grilled flank steak to the menu this summer! You can serve this flank steak by itself, in tacos, or even in fajitas!

grilled steak on plate with butter
The Best

Grilled Steak

Get tender, juicy, perfectly grilled steak with this “how to grill steak” post. We’ll give you the best tips and tricks for grilling steak like a professional.

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We are big fans of adding beef to pasta! We love this easy beef stroganoff recipe. or beef stroganoff is made with a creamy sour cream sauce, tender beef, and egg noodles. Beef stroganoff is the perfect comfort food for any day of the week!

Everyone is different when it comes to how they like their steak. We are big fans of a medium rare steak, but check the internal temperature of your steak when it’s almost done.

You can store cooked steak in the refrigerator for up to 7 days as long as it is stored in an airtight container.

marinated steaks on plate
steak on plate

Ultimate Steak Marinade

This is the ultimate steak marinade made with Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and a little lemon juice. It’ll leave your steak flavorful and juicy. 

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 0 minutesTotal: 10 minutes

Fat 7

Carbs 7

Protein 0

Yield 4 1x


  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (~half juicy lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the steak marinade together in a small bowl or Pyrex and whisk to combine.
  2. Then, pour the marinade on top of the steaks, remove as much air as possible and seal the bag. Squish the marinade around making sure it coats the steaks. 
  3. Place steaks in the fridge and let marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours. 
  • Nutrition information does not include steak.

Serving Size: 1/4
Calories: 87
Sugar: 3
Sodium: 184
Fat: 7
Carbohydrates: 7
Fiber: 0
Protein: 0
Cholesterol: 0

Author: Category: MarinadeMethod: No BakeCuisine: American

Keywords: Steak Marinade

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.

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