The BEST Steak Marinade (and which steak to buy)

The steak marinade to end all steak marinades! This has everything the perfect marinade needs to create flavorful, juicy, tender, melt-in-your-mouth steak.

It’s what you look for when you go to a nice restaurant…that perfectly cooked steak! A tender steak packed with flavor starts with this steak marinade.
And now you don’t need to go to a restaurant! It’s super easy to make that dream steak right at home!

What Ingredients Do You Need for Steak Marinade?
This steak marinade has the four essential parts to a marinade – fat, acid, salt and seasonings to enhance flavor (see section below for more details). Here is what you will need:

Hanger Steak
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Worcestershire Sauce
Lemon Juice
Balsamic Vinegar
Soy Sauce
Stone Ground Dijon Mustard
Dark Brown Sugar
Italian Seasoning
Black Pepper

What Kind of Steak Should I Buy?
Hanger steak can be hard to track down. Only the best steak is worth some extra effort to find! I can only find it at a butcher and not at a regular grocery store.
If you can’t find hanger steak, go for a skirt steak, flank steak, NY strip or ribeye steak. All of those will soak up this marinade and be great.
You can even use this marinade on filet mignon! Basically, you can’t go wrong with this steak marinade!

How to Make Steak Marinade?
Marinading a steak isn’t rocket science, right? No, it’s easy, but we do have a couple of tips for doing it right.
Add all the marinade ingredients into a large ziploc bag. Seal the bag and mix all the ingredients around to mix thoroughly.
Add the steak to the bag.
Let it marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 12 hours.
When you are ready to grill, turn your grill to high heat and brush the grates with oil.
Place the steaks on the grill and turn the heat down to medium high.
Cook the steaks for 4-8 minutes on each side (see section below for level of doneness)
Remove the steaks and place them on a plate to rest before slicing – resting is critical!

How Long Should I Marinate Steak?
I recommend marinating for 1 hour to 12 hours. Anything more than that, and the marinade will actually start to be detrimental to the steak.

Why Marinate Meat?
Marinades soften leaner meats that tend to be dry and make tougher cuts tastier.
What Happens If You Marinate Meat Too Long?
Marinating meat too long could over flavor it or make it mushy.
Can Steak Be Marinated Over Night?
If the marinade contains no salt, acid, or alcohol, it can be left overnight.

What Temperature Should Steak Be Cooked To?
This is a controversial topic! Steak doneness…it can breaks up marriages and homes…haha, okay, hopefully not, but people are particular about their steaks! Here is the breakdown for temperatures:
Rare – 130 degrees F
Medium Rare – 135 degrees F
Medium – 145 degrees F
Medium Well – 150 degrees F
Well Done – 160 degrees F
We are medium fans for sure!
Components of the Perfect Steak Marinade
I mentioned earlier the four components to the perfect marinade so let me go into a little more detail on for the purpose of each:
Fat: Olive oil – prevents sticking and adds flavor
Acid: Balsamic vinegar and lemon juice – tenderize, flavor, perfect grill marks
Salt: flavor, moisture retention, tenderize
Seasonings: mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic – flavor, flavor flavor

How Long Will Steak Last?
Grilled steak can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 days.
How to Reheat Steak?
There’s nothing worse than taking a leftover steak, trying to reheat it, and totally over cooking it so that it’s barely edible. The best way to reheat a steak so that it is just as good as it was the first time is to use the oven.

Put your leftover steak on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet. Set your oven to 250 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 110 degrees F.

Your steaks are ready for a makeover and this steak marinade is ready for the job! You’ll never make a steak a different way again!
More Delicious STEAK RECIPES:

Marinated Beef Steak
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Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesMarinating Time: 5 hoursTotal Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4

1 Hanger Steak see noteFor The Marinade1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil1/4 Cup Worcestershire Sauce1 Lemon Juiced1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar1/4 Cup Soy Sauce1 Tablespoon Stone Ground Dijon Mustard1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning2 Large Cloves of Garlic minced1 Teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper1 Teaspoon Kosher SaltUS Customary – Metric
In a large ziplock bag, add the marinade ingredients. Seal the bag and squish to combine the ingredients. Open the bag and carefully drop in the steak.Allow to marinate in the fridge for 1-12 hours. Heat a grill to high heat, and brush grates with oil.Add the steaks and then turn down to medium high heat.Cook steaks for 4-8 minutes per side depending on desired doneness and then remove to a plate to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. 
I can only find Hanger Steak at a butcher’s store, not a grocery store. If you can’t find that steak try a skirt steak, flank steak, or even a NYstrip or Ribeye is delicious! Heck, throw some filets in the marinade and you’ll love that too!
For a sweeter marinade use 1/3 cup brown sugar.
Grilled steak can be stored in the refrigerator for 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Marinated Beef Steak

Amount Per Serving (6 ounces)

Calories 444
Calories from Fat 126

% Daily Value*

Fat 14g22%Saturated Fat 2g13%Sodium 4934mg215%Potassium 2973mg85%Carbohydrates 80g27%Fiber 1g4%Sugar 42g47%Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 285IU6%Vitamin C 61mg74%Calcium 408mg41%Iron 20mg111% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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