If you love grilling like I do, you know that how you prep your steaks can make all the difference. This easy homemade steak marinade recipe will take you about 5 minutes to make, and is well worth the time!
Steak Marinade Ingredients:
- Olive Oil (light tasting is best): 1 Cup
- Worcestershire Sauce 1/2 Cup
- Soy Sauce: 1/3 cup (more if you like)
- 3-4 Cloves of Garlic
- Juice from 1 Lemon
- Dijon Mustard (a squirt or two)
- Salt & Pepper, or steak seasoning (I don’t measure)
How To Make The Steak Marinade
Making this steak marinade is extremely easy and simple (and really good).
Place all ingredients into a food processer (or blender) and turn it on. Once it’s all mixed up sufficiently, unplug the food processer.
Place your steaks in a large plastic bag or a bowl (covered).
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Prepping the Steaks
Pour the Steak Marinade into the bag/bowl where you’ve placed your steaks.
Mix it up, ensuring the steaks are fully covered, and place back in the refrigerator.
It’s best to let the steaks marinate for at least an hour or two, or longer.
When I’m lighting the grill, I usually like to take the steaks out and shake ’em up one more time. I usually leave them out of the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before throwing them on the grill.
You can put some additional steak seasoning on them as well at this stage, totally up to you. Just don’t overdo it.. the steak marinade we’ve prepared will give them plenty of flavor.
Grill Them Up!
Get your grill nice and hot. I prefer charcoal, but if you’re using a gas grill, you want to get it very hot to ensure you sear the flavor into the steak.
For larger steaks, I prefer to sear them on the hot grill to lock in the crust/flavor, then move them to the side a bit so they don’t burn.
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Steak Preparation Guidelines: Rare to Well Done
Use a meat thermometer! There’s nothing worse than making a perfect steak marinade, waiting several hours, then ruining them by overcooking.
Use the following guidelines: (in degrees farenheit)
- Rare: 125 degrees
- Medium Rare: 130 degrees
- Medium: 130-135 degrees
- Medium Well: 135-140 degrees
- Well: 145-160 degrees
Don’t Cut Into The Steak!
This is extremely important!
When you take the steaks off the grill, do NOT cut into them right away.
Wait about 8 minutes before cutting into the steaks. If you do not wait, the juices will not redistribute back into the meat, and you will end up losing out on flavor and tenderness of the steak.
It’s also worth noting that the steaks will continue cooking for a few minutes after you take them off the grill. For this reason, I am very careful not to let the temperature get too high before taking them off.
If you wait until the temperature passes 135, for example, you may well end up with well done steaks. This takes some trial and error with your grill set up.
Steak Marinade and Grilling Recap
To highlight the important points:
- This easy Steak marinade recipe can be made in about 5 minutes and is delicious
- Let the steaks marinate for at least an hour or two, ensure they are covered with the marinade.
- Get the grill HOT. You want to sear the flavor into the steaks and create a crust of flavor.
- Use a meat thermometer to ensure you cook them to your desired level of doneness.
- DON’T cut into the steaks right away. Wait about 8 minutes or so.
- Experience with your grill setup is king. A little trial and error may be necessary to get it just right.
Thanks for reading! I hope this homemade steak marinade recipe and grilling tips can help you create an amazing dinner for your or your family! Nothing beats a perfectly cooked steak!