World’s Best Steak Marinade

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World’s Best Steak Marinade adds so much flavor to your juicy steak. It helps to tenderize and infuse the steak with flavor and creates the best steak ever!

Cut steak with steak marinade in a skillet with two slices of lemon.

World’s Best Steak Marinade

My hubby and I have been doing the keto diet together and love it! We have a fun trip coming up together and it is time to get rid of this baby weight for once and for all. I have loved this diet because it is more a part of our lifestyle. We are able to eat the meals that we still love, just have higher fat and lower carbs. Well, the keto diet includes a lot of steaks. And today I am sharing with you the BEST steak marinade!

What do you use to marinate a steak?

This steak marinade is packed with dried herbs, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. These ingredients all come together to give you such amazing flavor and the perfectly cooked juicy steak!

World's Best Steak Marinade mixed in a clear bowl.

How do you make a steak tender?

There are two ways that I use to make a steak tender. Acidic tenderizers are a great way to get a tender steak. I include lemon juice in my marinade to help to soften the steak. I also break down the fibers by pounding the meat before I cook it.

Why is my steak tough and chewy?

The muscle fibers in meat have to be broken down and the proteins turned into gelatin in order to make meat tender. This happens very quickly over high heat with tender cuts of steak like filet mignon, but tougher cuts of meat require slow cooking, usually in some sort of liquid to keep them from drying out.

Uncooked steak in a Ziplock bag with the steak marinade.

How long do you marinate steak?

As soon as your marinade is ready to go you add your steaks and let them soak up all of that delicious flavor. It also tenderizes as it marinates. The minimum to let these steaks marinate is 2 hours, but can also be marinated overnight. The flavor is seriously out of this world!

Cooked steak in a skillet with marinade, lemons and garnish on top.

I love to cook my steaks in a skillet. It only takes minutes to get that crispy brown edge and medium cooked inside. But you can also use this recipe to grill. It is perfect for both. It is going to give your steaks the very best flavor!

I know that you will agree that this is the world’s best steak marinade with the very first bite!

Marinated and cooked steak with cooked potatoes, green beans and sliced lemons on a white plate.

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World's Best Steak Marinade

4.95 from 38 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 5


World's Best Steak Marinade adds so much flavor to your juicy steak. It helps to tenderize and infuse the steak with flavor and creates the best steak ever!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword marinade, steak marinade


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of red pepper
  • 1 1/2 pound steaks I used rib eye, New York is also great
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • fresh chopped parsley


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, and a pinch of red pepper. Add steaks to a resealable zip lock bag or large bowl and pour the marinade on top. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

To make the steaks in a skillet:

  1. Turn the skillet to high heat. Add the steaks. Cook on each side for 3 minutes or until outside is browned. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook the steaks to the desired doneness. Mine took about 10 minutes flipping 3 times to get a medium well.

  2. Top with butter and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 5

Calories548kcal (27%)Carbohydrates7g (2%)Protein30g (60%)Fat46g (71%)Saturated Fat14g (70%)Cholesterol95mg (32%)Sodium1344mg (56%)Potassium561mg (16%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A205IU (4%)Vitamin C9mg (11%)Calcium65mg (7%)Iron4mg (22%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Will definitely make again. Used on a cut of meat I had bought on sale that was a little tough first time I cooked it so second time I made it, I decided to try this marinade and steak was delicious. Will definitely keep this on stand by. No teriyaki flavor-just good basic flavors.

  2. 5 stars
    This is seriously delish, but I changed one ingredient.
    I always been told To follow up the original recipe first and then tweak it to your liking. But when I bought all the ingredients that I didn’t have I forgot to collect The Italian herb.

    I didn’t have time to go and get it so I substituted this with a spice that I had to hand at the time!

    I used Ras El Hanout it’s a Moroccan spice blend that’s widely available in most large supermarkets.

    I think that Sumac will also work as well and may try that as well.

    Anyway it was so good that the pepper sauce that I also served went mainly untouched.

    Are you still haven’t tried it with the Italian herb but the second time I made it for my family I just couldn’t take the chance I’m risking that delicious marinade that I accidentally stumbled upon.

    Just like to say thank you for your beautiful recipe it was a perfect 10.

  3. 5 stars
    I am an average cook but using this marinade made me look like Julia Child! Unbelievably delicious results.

  4. 5 stars
    I only wish I could attach the picture of last night’s steaks. This treatment for steaks is all that you said, and more! I chose Fillet Mignon, and the infused flavors turned the fillet into something so flavor filled, which is typically not the definition of a fillet….yes, fillets— always tender, but maybe not so flavor filled. So here is the ridiculous part of this easy to throw together marinade….this morning when typing out the recipe for future cooks, I realized that I completely forgot the garlic. This will not happen next time, but just saying that the marinade was still fabulous. Thank you Alyssa for sharing.

  5. Hi,
    I tried your recipe left it overnight to marinate, Omg was the best steak I ever had in years I mean that from the heart thank you for sharing this with us.

  6. 5 stars
    Stumbled on this marinade, didn’t have what I needed for mine as I’ve always cooked awesome steaks, let me just say PERFECT. I cooked ribeyes in the air fryer with some port mushrooms. Family complimented me for a week after way more than before! Thank you.

  7. 5 stars
    I used your marinade on a flank steak. It was fantastic. Marinated for 2 hours. Cut into strips and cooked as directed. Easy. Perfect. Delicious. Thank you!

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