Best Quick Steak Marinade

This is the very BEST quick steak marinade, perfect for grilling up juicy, flavorful steaks – even cheap cuts! – so tasty you won’t need sauce.  

Best Quick Steak Marinade |

It’s that time of year, full-on grilling season, and I could not be more excited about it. Around here we have a definite season for grilling since half of the year it’s too cold to stand out side and flip anything with a pair of tongs, though back in January I did put on about 13 layers and stand out on the back deck to make dinner a few nights. Desperation!

Now that the weather is making a definite trend toward Summer, I’ve been grilling up a storm and the first thing I’ve been working on is a recipe for perfect, super juicy and flavorful steak.

Best Quick Steak Marinade |

Growing up I actually believed I didn’t care for steak at all because it was dry, tough, and flavorless. Or so I thought! It wasn’t until I was getting into adulthood that I realized that steak didn’t have to be dry, tough, or flavorless. In fact, it could be crazy-delicious, juicy, and bursting with big, bold flavors.

The key to a great steak is all in the marinade. But you don’t have to plan for hours in advance to get the benefits of a really good marinade. Today I’m sharing with you my secret sauce for a 20-minute marinade that will transform even cheaper cuts into delicious and tender steak with enough flavor to make you forget to pull out the A-1.

Best Quick Steak Marinade |

This steak marinade is made with a base of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, which makes a perfect combination for tenderizing the meat. Next add in some herbs, garlic, and a hint of honey for sweetness all infusing into the steak for big flavor. Toss the steak and the marinade into a sealable bag, and chill for 15-20 minutes before throwing your steak on the grill.

Tips for perfect grilled steak

  • Preheat the grill so the grates are nice and hot before putting the steak on
  • Once placing the steak on the grates, try to move it as little as possible
  • Don’t cut into your steak to check for readiness! This will let the juices run out and dry out your steak. Use a thermometer or the hand test (take a look at this article if you’re unfamiliar with the hand test – I love this method)
  • Once cooked, allow steak to rest for at least five minutes before cutting into it to preserve the juices and keep it from drying out

Best Quick Steak Marinade |

Best Quick Steak Marinade |
5 from 2 votes

Best Quick Steak Marinade

This is the very BEST quick steak marinade, perfect for grilling up juicy, flavorful steaks - even cheap cuts! - so tasty you don't need sauce. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword steak
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Tiffany


  • 4-6 8-ounce steaks
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • chopped parsley, for garnish optional


  1. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, oil, worcestershire sauce, honey, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and dried mustard. 

  2. Add steaks and marinade to a zip lock bag, tossing the steaks a few times to coat. Press the excess air out, seal the bag, and chill for 15-20 minutes. 

  3. Use tongs to transfer steaks to a preheated grill. Cook until desired doneness is reached. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. 

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Hi, what kind of oil do you use?

    Hi Sheri- you can use whatever your preference is/whatever you have on hand. Olive, canola etc.

what is the hand test for doneness

This is almost the exact same marinade I use for flank steak about every other week all summer. the only difference is that i use cumin instead of mustard – and i don’t measure anything!

    Sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing, Melissa!

Great Marinade

I’m always ready to try a new steak marinade, I’ve made marinades with similar ingredients so know how well this recipe will work buy haven’t made one with dried mustard or honey, nice, thank you

i also liked this recipe,you have used many amazing ingredients in your recipes to make it tastier.I will also try to make such recipes by using such ingredients.

Hi there, I tried this last night and it was phenomenal. Was out of balsamic so had to use apple cider vinegar with a little sugar mixed in as a sub. Otherwise followed the recipe precisely. Marinated for ABOUT an HOur. Thanks for the recipe.

    Great thinking with your substitution! Thanks for sharing your awesome idea, Christina! I am happy to hear that it turned out great!!