Favorite Steak Marinade: a Delicious Blend of Tangy and Spicy

Grilled Steak basted in Favorite Steak Marinade

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.

Raw steaks marinading in glass pan.

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.

Rare:

A rare steak will have a cool red center and register 125°F.

Medium Rare:

Medium rare steaks will have a warm red center and register 135°F.

Medium:

A medium steak will have a warm pink center and will register 145°F.

Medium Well:

Steaks cooked to medium-well have a slightly pink center and will read 150°F on a thermometer.

Well Done:

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.”

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Grilled Steak basted in Favorite Steak Marinade

Favorite Steak Marinade: a Delicious Blend of Tangy and Spicy

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Top the steaks with butter and garnish with fresh parsley.

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