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!

Steak isn’t just for fancy meals, you can have it any time of the week. Pair it with a Salad, Potatoes, and Asparagus for a meal that is restaurant-worthy, but better!

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

Steak Marinade Recipe

Today I am sharing with you the BEST steak marinade! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Steak can be a little intimidating to cook, it used to be for me. I think it was because steak is usually so spendy and I never wanted to mess it up. We all know that when steak is done right, it is insanely delicious. With this marinade, I have created a foolproof way of guaranteeing your steak will taste heavenly. It is the perfect blend of spices and herbs that enhances the natural flavor of steak without being overpowering.

If you do not have an air fryer to cook your steak then cooking steak in the skillet is the way to go! It puts that perfect sear on the outside and then you can watch it carefully and let it cook to your desired doneness. Adding butter at the end just adds that extra touch that is crazy luscious. This marinade is perfect for grilled steaks too, and I love grilling as much as the next person, but this way I can cook it all year long, even when it is too cold outside to grill. You have to try this marinade and cooking it in a skillet too!

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!

  • Soy sauce: Adds a bit of salty and tons of flavor.
  • Lemon juice: Adds acidity to tenderize and flavor.
  • Olive oil: Help seal in juiciness.
  • Worcestershire sauce: One of the best umami flavors for beef.
  • Minced garlic: Use fresh for the best tasting.
  • Italian seasoning: A go-to combination of outstanding herbs.
  • Pepper and Salt: To taste, but do not leave it out.
  • Red pepper: Adds a bit of spice.
  • Steaks: I used rib eye, New York is also great
  • Butter: Butter is truly the best thing to cook steak in! Hands down!
  • Chopped Parsley: Adds a pop of color.

Let’s Marinate Some Steak!

The aroma this mix gives off before you add the meat is insane. You know it’s going to be incredible just from by the smell of it. Mix 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. Cook it: 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 it: Top with butter and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
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. it breaks down the tough fibers in the meat. If you are starting out with an already tough cut of meat, I will 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!

How Do you Know your Steak is Done?

Everyone loves their steak done to different degrees and using a thermometer is the way to go to make sure you cook it just right. Remember too, when your steak is taken off the heat it will continue to cook for a minute or two, raising the temperature about 2-4 degrees more. I often remove my meat right before it reaches that perfect temp.

Steak DonenessInternal TemperatureCenter Color
Medium Rare130-135 °FPink
Medium135-145 °FSome Pink
Well145-155 °FSliver of Light Pink
Well Done155-165 °FMostly Brown
Cooked steak in a skillet with marinade, lemons and garnish on top.

Cooking Steak in a Skillet Tips

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!

  • Cast Iron: The best skillet to use is a cast-iron skillet. It distributes the heat evenly and browns steak beautifully.
  • Heat it up: Use the largest burner on your stove and heat up the cast iron before placing the steaks in. This will ensure I good crusty sear. The oil in the pan should be shimmering almost to the smoking point.
  • Dab the Steak: With a paper towel, gently dab the steaks dry. Do not worry you will not take off marinade that is already saturated into the meat. When the meat is dry it will make sure there is a good sear, creating that incredible flavorful crust. When they are moist, they tend to steam instead of sear, which will cause them to be soft.
  • Add The Butter Last: Place the butter in the pan right before you are ready to take them out. You do not want your butter to burn, which it can easily with the high heat.
  • Let it rest: However you cook your steak be sure to let it rest 5-15 minutes for the juices to redistribute throughout the steak. This way you won’t end up with all the good flavor on your plate instead of inside the meat.
Marinated and cooked steak with cooked potatoes, green beans and sliced lemons on a white plate.

World’s Best Steak Marinade

4.86 from 83 votes
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!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 6 steaks

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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:

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

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Notes

Updated on May 10, 2021
Originally Posted on January 28, 2018

Nutrition

Serves: 6

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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword marinade, steak marinade
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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
    Ran across this and tried with some thick ribeyes. Marinated overnight then smoked on a grill with apple chips for a reverse sear in a cast iron pan. Came out fantastic. Trick is a thermometer to get the internal temp correct as pointed out in the recipe. Your steak will always be correct if you use one. Again, fantastic marinade.

  2. Your marinade sound great but why doesn’t any but tell you what thickness the steaks are before you start cooking them. You can buy steaks up to 2″ thick, but a lot of stores sell them 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick. Just don’t know how to adjust the recipe without knowing what you started with.

  3. 5 stars
    This marinade makes the world a better place! I suck at steaks but these were exceptionally tender, juicy, and freaking delicious!!!!!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my favorite go-to steak marinade! So far I’ve used it on ribeye and t-bone. I marinade 24 hours and both times, my grilled steaks come out flavorful and tender. Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Do you still add water in the instant pot? Or being as your adding beef broth to the inner pot, you don’t have to add the water????

  6. This was delicious!!!!!! Can you freeze it or do you think the the soy and Worcestershire make the steak salty?

  7. Okay crazy lady, 6 steaks is a bit much. I mean, yes, sometimes I enjoy cooking up a storm and showing my neighbors they don’t know meats… But 6 steaks…. and it’s not adjustable unless I want to INcrease the amount.

    I’m not doing maths, I’m far too busy drinkins. So yeah!

    1. On the recipe card where it says 6 steaks in pink, you can actually adjust that number to go down to change the amounts of ingredients for a smaller portion! Or, you can make the marinade and save some for later. Let me know if you try it out, it’s delicious.

  8. 5 stars
    Best steaks ever!!! Steaks were so tender!! My picky 12 year old ate an entire 8oz steak. She usually will only eat a few bites!!! Amazing recipe!!

  9. 5 stars
    Made this for my wife for mother’s day. Made the marinade and put my steaks in the night before. Threw those bad boys on the grill (5-6 minutes on each side)… one of the best steaks I have ever had. I’ll definitely be using this recipe from now on.

  10. 1 star
    If you are someone who eats steak for what it is, stick to salt and pepper. The lemon juice and worcestershire completely overpowers the meat taste.

    1. 5 stars
      Yes! I’ve used similar marinades for pork steaks, wild game etc. Vary the marinade. Try balsamic vinegar instead of the lemon juice, throw some different hot sauce in or leave it out, add a dash of liquid smoke or a little honey/molasses/maple syrup/brown sugar. Use avocado oil. Don’t leave out the lemon or vinegar. It breaks down the meat fiber to tenderize it and the oil keeps it moist. I am going to use this recipe as a base.

  11. 5 stars
    What can I say, this is THE best steak marinade. Had it sitting in the fridge for 6 hours and they came out so flavourful!!! Simple, easy, and had all the ingredients. Just all around fantastic. Will definitely be saving this recipe 🙂 A+++

  12. I’ve been cooking for 45 years and I have to tell you that this is absolutely the best marinade that I’ve ever had on a steak. It is absolutely delicious. It is the only marinade that I have been using for the last year since finding it online. It’s really easy, you marinate your steaks, get your grill nice and hot, sear the steak on one side, flip the steak to cook other side and then pull your steaks off when you have reached your desired doneness. The whole process should only take about 10 minute. Do not flip your steaks multiple times as this wrecks your steak and don’t forget to let your steak rest before cutting into it.

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