Our Favorite Steak Marinade

by Angie

Our favorite steak marinade is pretty simple, but we love it. I don't have exact measurements because I just "eyeball it" when I toss it together.

I start by dropping the steaks in a plastic bag. I like to use the cheapo bags (like the kind in the fruit/veg section of the grocery store) so that I can throw them away after use without feeling guilty. :) If I use the more costly Ziploc kind, I feel compelled to wash and re-use!

I then add the following ingredients to the bag...

Soy Sauce
Red Wine Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Crushed Garlic

Basically, I more or less use equal parts of the soy sauce, red wine vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. For the salt, pepper, and crushed garlic, I use a bit of common sense depending on how much meat is in the bag.

I then mush it all around a bit in the bag and place the whole bag in a bowl or on a plate in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.

The reason I use the plate/bowl is because sometimes those cheapo bags I mentioned do leak and I don't want to have to clean up a mess in the refrigerator later. :)

***On occasion, I do add a little crushed ginger to the bag also for an added zip.

I love a good marinade on steak, particularly if I can't afford the best cut and I feel it will need a little extra flavor and tenderness.

Hope our favorite marinade will help you come up with your own version to enjoy.


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by: Anonymous

I'm out of extra virgin olive oil-or any olive oil. Can I substitute canola oil? the only other I have is cocoanut oil, but it's solid.

Best Marinade
by: Brenda

Hi Angie. I developed this same marinade recipe years ago and it is also great for boneless chicken. I want to specify that the soy sauce I use is only the naturally breed type such as Kikkoman. Regular table soy sauce does not work in this recipe. You can substitute lemon juice(my preference) for the vinegar. The only difference in my recipe is I add a pinch of sugar.
For marinating salmon. I double the amount of lemon juice to the amount of Kikkoman. Awesome!!

steak marinated
by: steve from canada

Done this one. Fast. Inexpensive. And very very tasty. Great job. Thanks for the tip.

Do Not Reuse Bags After Housing Liquid
by: Anonymous

Please don't reuse ziplock-style bags if they house anything with liquid. Getting a bag like that absolutely clean, so as not to develop harmful bacteria, is extremely difficult. Stay safe, eat well!

Yummy Steak Marinade
by: Angie

So glad you liked our simple steak marinade idea. Doesn't it make the meat so much more tender, too? I really enjoy a good steak that is full of flavor on it's own with only a little salt and pepper, but I can't afford "those" cuts of meat very often. This yummy steak marinade gives me the chance to enjoy nearly any cut of steak I get.

Thanks for letting us know how yours turned out!

very yummy
by: Michigan mom

The meat marinade was wonderful. It had ingredients that are usually in my pantry, and turned a cheap steak into a flavorful entre. Thanks for the recipe!

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