This easy steak marinade helps tenderize your steak while adding plenty of flavor from soy sauce, Worcestershire, and lemon. It's the best all-around steak marinade recipe that will work for any cut of beef! Whether you're grilling or cooking on the stovetop, this steak marinade will give you juicy steaks with lots of flavor!
The Best Steak Marinade
It's summertime and steak is always on the menu! Before you fire up the grill, try marinating your meat with this quick and easy steak marinade.
Letting your steak marinade for at least an hour will make for a better steak but marinating it overnight will yield perfectly juicy, flavorful steaks that cut like butter! Give this marinade a try the next time you feel like cooking up an incredible steak dinner!
It's hard to believe how much flavor comes from a few simple ingredients. 1 ½ pounds of steak should be about 6 steaks, but if they are larger you will only need 1 tablespoon of butter per steak.
- Soy Sauce - ⅓ cup.
- Lemon Juice - ⅓ cup.
- Olive Oil - ⅓ cup.
- Worcestershire Sauce - 2 tablespoons.
- Garlic - 1 tablespoon, minced.
- Salt & Pepper - ½ teaspoon each.
- Steak - 1 ½ pounds of steak (ribeye, New York strip, or sirloin).
- Butter - 6 tablespoons.
*Be sure to see the recipe card below for ingredients, amounts & instructions!*
🔪 How To Make Steak Marinade
Making the marinade itself takes practically no time! You will need a bowl and cling film or a Ziploc bag.
- Make the marinade. In a mixing bowl or large Ziplock bag, combine ⅓ cup of soy sauce, ⅓ cup of lemon juice, ⅓ cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of garlic, and ½ a teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add 1 ½ pounds of steak and seal or cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Marinate. Marinate the steaks in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, but no more than 24 hours.
- Cook your steak. Grill or pan sear your steaks until they reach your desired doneness.
- Rest and Serve. Transfer to a plate or cutting board and top each steak with 1 tablespoon of butter. Loosely tent foil over the top and let rest for 10-15 minutes before eating.
Use your steak marinade to serve up a flavorful pan seared NY strip or grilled cowboy ribeye steak. For more ideas on what to serve with steak, check out our page on the best steak side dishes! Enjoy!
💭 Tips & Notes
- If you make your steak marinade in advance, keep it sealed and refrigerated and use within 3 days.
- The marinade can be frozen for later use in a heavy-duty freezer bag for up to 3 months.
- You can freeze uncooked steaks in marinade. The steaks will marinate as they thaw in the fridge overnight before cooking.
Can Steak Marinade Be Reused?
After raw meat has been submerged in the marinade it is possible that it may contain harmful bacteria. Following proper food safety guidelines would include throwing out used steak marinade to prevent cross-contamination.
What Happens When You Marinate Steak Too Long?
After a certain point, steaks can become mushy and lose flavor if they sit in a marinade for too long (even more so if it is an acidic marinade). More importantly, federal food safety guidelines state any raw meat kept in the refrigerator for extended periods of time are not safe to eat.
Is Steak Better Marinated?
It depends on the cut of beef you choose. Tougher, or cheaper, cuts of steak benefit greatly from a lengthy marinade while tender cuts, like filet mignon, do not benefit as much.
😋 More Marinades & Seasonings
- Pesto Chicken Marinade
- Cajun Seasoning
- Beef Stew Seasoning
- Hone Mustard Chicken Marinade
- Taco Seasoning
- Chili Seasoning
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📖 Recipe Card
Steak (Grilled or Pan Seared)
- 1 ½ lbs steak (ribeye, New York strip, or sirloin)
- 6 tablespoon butter
- Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl or gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Add the steaks then seal or cover the bowl with plastic wrap.⅓ cup soy sauce, ⅓ cup lemon juice, ⅓ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon garlic, ½ teaspoon each, salt & pepper, 1 ½ lbs steak
- Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, but no more than 24 hours.
- Grill or pan sear your steaks until they reach your desired doneness.
- Transfer to a plate or cutting board and top each steak with 1 tablespoon of butter. Loosely tent foil over the top and let rest for 10-15 minutes before eating.6 tablespoon butter
- You can freeze uncooked steaks in the marinade. The steaks will marinate as they thaw in the fridge overnight before cooking.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!