Grilled Steak Marinade Recipe

This simple marinade is perfect for grilling up juicy, flavorful steaks – even cheap cuts! – so tasty you won’t need sauce. BEST quick steak marinade ever.

Since half of the year is too cold to stand outside and flip anything with a pair of tongs, we have a set season for grilling around here, but back in January I did put on about 13 layers and stand out on the back deck to make dinner a few nights. The things I’ll do out of pure desperation for grilled food!

As an adult, I finally realized that steak didn’t have to be dry, tough, or flavorless; instead, it could be crazy-delicious, juicy, and bursting with big, bold flavors. It’s all in the marinade, it’s hard to believe, but growing up I thought steak was dry, tough, and flavorless, so I wouldn’t eat it. In fact, I didn’t have a good steak until I was getting into adulthood.

How to Make the Best Steak Marinade |

Worlds Best Steak Marinade 🔗

You can whip up this world's best steak marinade in minutes, and let me tell you first hand it is the best steak marinade we have ever used.

Prep: 5min

Total: 5min

Serving Size: 1

Nutrition Facts: calories 96 calories, Carbohydrate 12 grams carbohydrates, Cholesterol 0 milligrams cholesterol, Fat 5 grams fat, Fiber 0 grams fiber, Protein 1 grams protein, Saturated Fat 1 grams saturated fat, servingSize 1, Sodium 599 milligrams sodium, Sugar 9 grams sugar, Trans Fat 0 grams trans fat, unSaturated Fat 4 grams unsaturated fat


  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 TBSP minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TSP ground black pepper
  • 1 TSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 TSP Onion Powder


  1. Mix all of your ingredients together. Set aside some marinade to use for dipping after the meat is cooked.
  2. Place meat into the marinade and give it as much time as possible to marinade.


Should you marinate a steak before grilling?

The majority of beef cuts benefit from being marinated, even though it’s not necessary to do so. The marinade adds a lot of flavor, and a longer marinating time allows the ingredients to really penetrate the meat.

How do you marinate a steak to make it tender?

InstructionsIn a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, and a dash of red pepper. Add the steaks to a large bowl or resealable zip-top bag, then pour the marinade over them. Marinate for two hours or overnight.

How long do steaks have to marinate?

I don’t suggest marinating steaks for any longer than that because the acidity of the marinade will start to break down the proteins and turn the outer layer where the marinade penetrates into mush. Steaks should rest in marinade in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.

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