Best Steak Marinade in Existence


This steak marinade is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time, it's made me famous in our close circle, but until now I've never shared it with anyone.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 1/3 cups

We're not exaggerating with the title: This is truly the best steak marinade recipe in existence.

close up of a well marinated, cooked steak sliced and served with fries and a mixed green salad.
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Why Marinate a Steak?

Marinating a steak before cooking serves two purposes: It helps tenderize the meat and adds just the right amount of flavor. Some top-quality steaks can go without a marinade, since they're already full of meaty flavor and, with the right prep, end up juicy and tender without any help from a marinade. Budget-friendly steaks, however, benefit tremendously from marination. You'll be shocked at the difference a good marinade makes!

Steak Marinade Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make homemade steak marinade — you may already have most of the ingredients you'll need:

· Oil: This top-rated steak marinade recipe starts with olive oil, which keeps the meat nice and moist.
· Sauces: You'll need Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Hot sauce is optional, but it's a great addition for people who appreciate a little heat.
· Lemon juice: The acidity from the lemon juice cuts through the other flavors, adding welcome brightness. The acid also helps tenderize the meat even further.
· Spices and seasonings: This flavorful marinade is seasoned with dried basil, garlic powder, dried parsley flakes, white pepper, and minced garlic.

How to Make Homemade Steak Marinade

To make this steak marinade recipe at home, simply blend all the ingredients together. That's it! You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe with more detailed instructions below.

How Long to Marinate a Steak?

How long to marinate your steak depends on the size and variety of the cut you're using.

· Thinner cuts, such as skirt or flanks steaks, should be marinated for 2-4 hours.
· Tougher cuts, such as top sirloin or sirloin tip, will benefit from marinating overnight (about 8 hours).

Best Steak Marinade in Existence

How to Use Steak Marinade

Pour the marinade into a resealable plastic bag. Add steak, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Remove steak from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Cook or grill steaks to desired doneness.

Tip from Kookie: Serve your steak with a wedge salad to complete the meal.

What to Do With Leftover Marinade

You may be tempted to re-use the marinade straight from the bag, but don't! A used marinade is not safe to use as-is. In fact, the bacteria from the raw meat could make you (and your dinner guests) very, very sick.

All that flavorful marinade doesn't have to go to waste, though: You can make it safe-to-eat by boiling the liquid for several minutes. This process will also reduce the liquid, resulting in a thick sauce that'll work well with your freshly cooked steak.

Learn more: How to Safely Reuse a Meat Marinade

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I didn't even have the Worcestershire sauce and it was amazing," raves Juliec. "Made the steak a little crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside with a great flavor."

"I marinated tri-tips for about 8 hours and it was fantastic," says Kenzie. "It made the meat very tender and the flavor was amazing. Family loved it and said it was better than the expensive steak restaurants we have splurged on."

"I highly recommend it," according to one Allrecipes community member. "So quick and easy, provided extremely tasty skirt steak which we used for fajitas. Delicious!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • ½ cup olive oil

  • cup soy sauce

  • cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 tablespoons dried basil

  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 ½ tablespoons dried parsley flakes

  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic (Optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (Optional)


  1. Place olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, basil, garlic powder, parsley, white pepper, minced garlic, and hot pepper sauce in a blender; blend on high speed until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.

    close up of a well marinated, cooked steak sliced and served with fries and a mixed green salad.
    Allrecipes Magazine

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
14g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 688mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 173mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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