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Spicy Steak Marinade

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This slightly tangy Spicy Steak Marinade infuses beef with a delicious blend of herbs and spices. You’ll make steaks that are incredibly flavorful with a bit of heat for good measure. A simple spice blend to make home-cooked steaks taste like a steakhouse!  

Grilled Steak basted in Favorite Steak Marinade pictured with herbs, garlic and chilli in a griddle pan.

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This Spicy Steak Marinade recipe is one of our favorite ways to grill steak to serve with a few simple sides at home.

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 marinade steak?

This Spicy 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you need to 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 has put together a great guide for cooking steaks and burgers. I like to test for doneness using a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer.

Grilled Marinated Steaks on Grill Pan with Spices and Herbs

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Grilled Steak basted in Favorite Steak Marinade pictured with herbs, garlic and chilli in a griddle pan.

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.


  • 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


  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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