This steak marinade infuses beef with a delicious blend of herbs, spices, and tanginess. Incredibly flavorful with a bit of heat for good measure. A simple blend to make home-cooked steaks taste like a steakhouse.
There is some debate on marinading steak. Half of those who debate these things argue against it. They see no reason for it.
Die-hard marinating fans wouldn’t consider cooking a steak without it.
I’m not jumping into that fray.
But here’s what I know.
Why Should I Make a Steak Marinade?
This steak marinade brings a tremendous amount of flavor to steaks. Period.
It elevates the common home-cooked steak to favorite steakhouse status.
When you see the wide-eyed enjoyment of those gathered around your table… you’ll know. Marinading a steak… is definitely worth it.
My tasty experiment of finding the perfect steak marinade ended with one glance at my 20-year-old son’s face as took his first bite. Done and good.
This steak marinade recipe will live on beef grilled at our house… every time.
How Do You Make a Steak Marinade?
Whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce. Then add garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried basil, paprika, salt, and pepper. And for good measure, a dash of red pepper flakes if you’d like.
Pour the marinade over the steaks, cover, and refrigerate.
How long do you marinate steak?
I like to marinate steaks for a minimum of 2 hours, but up to overnight. I wouldn’t marinate the steak for longer than 24 hours.
What Temperature Should Grilled Steaks Be?
Certified Angus Beef gives the following tips for steaks and burger temperatures.
Test for doneness using a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer.
- Insert thermometer through the side of the cut, tip in the center, not touching bone or fat.
- Remove steaks and burgers from heat when the thermometer registers 5°F lower than the desired doneness.
- Rest your steaks. The temperature will continue to rise.
A rare steak will have a cool red center and register 125°F.
Medium rare steaks will have a warm red center and register 135°F.
A medium steak will have a warm pink center and will register 145°F.
Steaks cooked to medium-well have a slightly pink center and will read 150°F on a thermometer.
A well-done steak will have little to no pink and will be 160°F on a thermometer.
“The USDA recommends steaks and roasts be cooked to 145°F (medium) and then rested for at least 3 minutes. To ensure food safety, ground beef should be cooked to a minimum 160°F (well done). Be sure to check with a thermometer, as color alone is not a foolproof indicator.”
More Grilled Recipes
- Best Easy Grilled Burgers Recipe
- Easy Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
- Grilled and Tender Foil Wrapped Baby Back Ribs
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 pound steaks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- fresh chopped parsley
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, dried basil, paprika, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Add the steaks to a baking pan with an air-tight top, or a bowl. Pour the marinade over the steaks and seal. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours to overnight.
- Cook the Steaks: Turn the skillet to high heat and add the steaks. Cook each side for 2 to 3 minutes or until the outside is nicely browned with a crust. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook to the desired temperature.
- Top the steaks with butter and garnish with fresh parsley.