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.  

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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.

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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.

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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

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What people are saying about the Best Quick Steak Marinade

“Absolutely loved it.. its in my written recipe book now and on high rotation. Just takes STEAK to a WHOLE new level. Highly recommend.” – Caroline

“This was fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten that much flavor and tenderness after marinating for only about 30-40 minutes.” – Lauren 

“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.” – Christina 

“Used this marinade for Denver steaks and it was DELICIOUS! Me and my husband loved it, thank you!” – Marina 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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!!


Used this marinade for denver steaks and it was DELICIOUS! Me and my guaband loved it, thank you!

    YUM!! So excited to hear that you two loved this recipe! Thanks for stopping by, Marina!


This marinade deserves serious recognition! Delicious!!

    Thanks Corrie! Super excited to hear that you loved it!


this was fantastic. i don’t think i’ve ever gotten that much flavor and tenderness after marinating for only about 30-40 minutes. Do you think you could use this marinade for chicken breasts? Esp if they are a thick cut?

    Hi Lauren! I actually haven’t tried this with chicken yet- but it sounds delicious! Super excited to hear that you enjoyed this marinade, Lauren!

That “touch test” is a great help!! I’m trying out the marinade tonight – got home late and husband had eaten the leftovers for lunch that i had hoped to have tonight. So…

    I hope it turns out amazingly delicious for you, Joan!


      It really was good! I used Pomegranate vinegar; and fresh squeezed garlic … on very lean, not especially tender sirloins. Had to pan-fry instead of grill and still turned out very well. This will make amazing shish-kebab marinade next summer too!

        Fantastic! I am super excited to hear that you enjoyed this marinade- sounds like you set yourself up for success for sure!


Absolutely loved it.. its in my written recipe book now and on high rotation. Just takes STEAK to a WHOLE new level. Highly recommend.

    There isn’t much better of a compliment than when a reader says a recipe has become part of their regular rotation! Super excited to hear this, Caroline! Thanks for your feedback!


This was amazing! Used it on some ribeyes and was very happy! Ive bookmar this page and will do this with steak from noW on! CheErs

    Nick, I am super excited to hear that you loved this steak marinade so much!! Thanks for stopping by!


We tried this recipe a few weeks ago and loved it! In fact, my oldest aon asked that we have it for his birthday dinner toMoRroW, which will Be the thIrd time we have had it in about two months. Thank you so much!!!

    Way to go, Amy!! Good job pleasing those boys- sometimes it’s tough! 😉 Happy Birthday to your son!

All I have is red wine vinegar, regular vinegar and some cider vinegar. Could I substitute one of those?

    The balsamic is a very particular flavor. You can sub apple cider or red wine but be aware it will change the flavor of the steak! Do NOT use distilled white vinegar!

      Rice vinegar would work also would but I strongly recommend balsamic for the flavor!


I’m only a very occasionally steak eater and this marinade made me think twice, absolutely delicious and the steak was so tender.

    That is hilarious! I am stoked to hear that you’re considering being a regular steak consumer! 😉 Thanks for your feedback, Tricia!

will the honeY Make it sweet?

    With the amount called for in this recipe you won’t notice a sweet flavor from it!

Can you marinate it for 24-48 hours?

    Sure- if you’d prefer that! And have the time to do so 😉


Un-“EFFEN”-BELIEVEABLE!!!
The steak was delicious and and marinade with that hint of vinegar had such an amazing taste for a quick marinade(tasted like I soaked it overnight instead of 20 minutes).

    Thanks for your feedback, Louis! Glad to hear that you enjoyed this marinade so much!


Oh my gosh!!! Let me tell you I was very worried about a 20-30min marinade especially since you always here that you have to marinate the steak for hours and I also loved the fact that this works great with cheap cuts because I had somewhat of a cheap meat. I ended up marinating the steak for an hour(by total accident) and I thought it no.. This is going to be yucky. It was the furthest thing from it. It was flavorful, meat was juicy, it wasn’t overbearing with it being marinating for an hour. It was perfect. I didn’t have dried mustard so I used Frenchs yellow mustard and it was fine. I just added more another tablespoon and it was fine. Nothing was overbearing or you couldn’t taste one thing more than another. It marinated my steak perfectly and my husband couldn’t believe how awesome it was. He goes from now on you marinate the steaks. I was like whoa, it must be good for you to say that. Haha great receipe I won’t use anything else and if you go longer than 20min it won’t be too much.

    Awesome job, Bernadette!! Way to prove the theory wrong 😉 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

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