This homemade easy steak marinade is the perfect way to make your next steak dinner even more delicious! Made with simple ingredients like garlic, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and a can of pineapple juice which gives it a surprising citrus flavor!
This marinade is easy to whip up and will give your steak a flavor boost that you'll love and be happy you added it to your weekly meal plan this week!
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Simple Steak Marinade
A homemade steak marinade is a great way to add flavor and tenderize tough cuts of meat. I like to double the recipe, cook it down and reduce to use as a sauce that I can serve over the cooked steak.
Add the extra marinade to a small saucepan and let it cook down until it's reduced and thickened.Then drizzle this reduced marinade over the cooked steak and it is a little taste of heaven on top of delicious steak!
How do you quickly marinate steak?
This recipe combines my love for sweetness and savory all in one. It's best to let the steak marinade for at least 2 hours...longer is always better.I like to marinade my steak overnight if possible, but if you only have a few hours, that work's fine.
What if you only have 30 minutes? How would you quickly marinate steak to get all the flavor? Here are a few simple steps you can follow if you only have 30 minutes:
- First, combine your chosen ingredients in a bowl or resealable bag.
- Prick the meat using a sharp knife or fork. This way the marinade will penetrate the steak and get to work quickly.
- Add the steak to the bag or bowl and make sure it is evenly coated with the marinade.
- Gently massage the meat to help the marinade penetrate the meat.
- Then, seal the bag or cover the bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- When you're ready to cook the steak, simply remove it from the marinade and cook it according to your preferred method.
How long should steak be marinated?
When it comes to homemade steak marinades, the longer the better. Steak is a tough cut of meat, and it needs time to soak up all the flavors of the marinade.
It really depends on the cut of meat. For tougher cuts like chuck steak or bottom round, you'll want to marinate for at least 24 hours. For more tender cuts like ribeye or filet mignon, 12 hours should be sufficient
Ideally, you should marinate steak for at least four hours, and up to 24 hours for the best flavor. If you're short on time, you can still get good results by marinating for at least 30 minutes.
Homemade marinades are typically more potent than store-bought varieties, so they don't require as much time to work their magic.
Just keep in mind that the longer you marinate, the more tender and flavorful your steak will be. So if you have the time, go for it! Your taste buds will thank you.
Tips for Grilling the Perfect Steak
For many people, grilling is the perfect way to cook steak. Marinated in homemade steak sauce and grilled to perfection, a good steak can make a delicious and satisfying meal.
However, grilling the perfect steak is not always easy. Here are some tips for grilling the perfect steak:
- Choose the right cut of meat. For grilling, you want a steak that is well-marbled with fat. This will help to keep the steak juicy and flavorful.
- Marinade the steak for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat your grill. You want your grill to be nice and hot before you start cooking.
- Grill for the correct amount of time. Depending on the thickness of your steak, you will need to grill it for 4-6 minutes per side.
- Let your steak rest before cutting into it. This will help to keep all the juices in the meat.
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Main Ingredients Needed
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Minced Garlic
- Brown Sugar
- Olive Oil
- Worchestshire Sauce
- Canned Pineapple Juice
- Chopped Cilantro
- In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together until smooth using a whisk or a food processor.
- Place the steak in an air tight container and then pour the marinade on top.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
- The longer you allow the meat to marinate, the better the flavor will be.
- Remove the steak from the marinade and grill over medium heat until it is cooked to the desired temperature.
Important Tip: Marinading steak is a great way to add flavor and tenderness to the meat. However, it's important to be aware of food safety issues when using a marinade. If the marinade has been in contact with raw meat, it may contain harmful bacteria.
As a result, it's best to avoid using the leftover marinade as a sauce or dip. Instead, discard it safely and make a fresh batch for your next meal. By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy homemade steak marinades without any risk to your health.
Can you replace cilantro with parsley?
In most cases, cilantro can be replaced in a marinade recipe without affecting the final dish. Other herbs such as parsley, mint, or basil can be used instead.
If you want to maintain a similar flavor profile, consider using a combination of these herbs. You may need to experiment a bit to find the right proportions, but it is generally fairly easy to replace cilantro in a marinade recipe.
If you have homemade steak marinade that has not been used to marinade any meat, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Make sure to put it in a clean, air tight container.
You can also freeze steak marinade, although it will change the texture and may make it less effective as a tenderizer. If you're not sure how long your marinade will keep, it's always best to err on the side of caution and throw it out after two weeks.
Make it a Meal
Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that will make this a complete meal:
- Scalloped Potatoes - filled with plenty of cheese, these potatoes are a great side dish to any meal, but especially grilled steak!
- Mac and Cheese is another favorite. I have two different recipes for you, traditional oven-baked Mac and Cheese and my stove top Panera Mac and Cheese Copycat Recipe.
- Or try my son's favorite Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes.
Tried any of my recipes? Let me know in the comments!
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Worchestshire sauce
- 1 - 6 ounce can pineapple juice
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients.
- Add the steak to a plastic container or a large plastic storage bag.
- Pour the marinade on top.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Remove the steak from the bag and grill over a high heat until the steak is cooked to your preferred doneness.
Discard any marinade that has come in contact with the steak.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1170mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2013 with new photos, information and a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!