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Recipe for a Marinade for Steak

This homemade recipe for a marinade for steak is easy to make as it is literally just a matter of mixing the ingredients together. I am amazed at the cost savings compared to buying a pricey marinade in the store. And, you don’t need to store it because it’s so simple. Just make it when you need it. And, you can easily compare these flavors with those experienced during fine dining. You’ll be in full control of its contents and how you cook your steak after its rested in this rich marinade.

This marinade is incredible and best suited for steaks but can be also used for other cuts of beef such as roasts. It makes a little over a cup, which is right for about 2-3 pounds of steak. Use the "Recipe RESIZER" for larger or lesser amounts.
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Recipe for a Marinade for Steak

Jeff Baygents
This marinade is incredible and best suited for steaks but can be also used for other cuts of beef such as roasts. It makes a little over a cup, which is right for about 2-3 pounds of steak. Use the "Recipe RESIZER" for larger or lesser amounts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 3 servings
Calories 298kcal


  • cup soy sauce
  • cup lime juice
  • cup oil vegetable oil (corn, peanut, or olive oil). Avoid sesame or coconut oil.
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar Alternate option: ½ tsp molasses per ¼ cup granulated sugar.
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ tbsp chili powder
  • tbsp minced garlic Alternate: ½ this qty if using garlic powder.


  • To make the marinade, combine all ingredients in a container (bowl or food storage bag). Optionally, you can cut a few deep slits into the meat, if thicker than ¾-inch.
  • Add the meat to the container used for the marinade. Cover or seal it.
  • Refrigerator Option: Place the marinating meat in the fridge (minimum of 45 minutes to a maximum of 24 hours) for cooking the same or next day.
    Freezer Option: Place it in the freezer for cooking in the future (no need for any waiting time before freezer placement). On the day before cooking, you can place it in the fridge for natural thawing and continued marinating.


Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg


Other uses for Homemade Marinade for Steak Easy Ideas

Here is a list of the steaks and other meats and foods that this homemade marinade have been successfully tested with.

  • Beef Roasts
  • Beef Shish Kabobs (can marinate for 45 minutes to 2 hours)
  • Beef Tips
  • Chuck Roast
  • Delmonico
  • Ribeye
  • Flank
  • Flat Iron
  • Hanger
  • London Broil
  • New York Strip
  • Sirloin
  • Steak Tips (can marinate for 45 minutes to 2 hours)
  • Sirloin Tip Roast
  • Vegetables for Fajitas (along with the selected meat)

Marinade Containers

Besides plastic food storage bags, bowls, or containers, you can opt to use a marinade container. The advantage is that the long-term storage of a marinade might leave a stain in your other plastic storage containers. Often, the marinade containers already have a darkened color.

Ingredients for Marinating Steak

The ingredients for marinade for steak involves a good number but it serves extremely well for your planned steak dinners. You don’t add salt since the soy sauce is included. There are a lot of unique ingredients in this recipe. It has always 100% been a favorite of our guests for a number of years. They are amazed at the flavor and can’t compare any fine dining measurement of beating it.

How to use this Recipe for a Marinade for Steak

So, after you’ve made this simple steak marinade, you either pour it over the raw steaks or you add the steaks to the marinade. Either way, you then cover it and put it in the fridge. If you’re wanting to cook it soon, consider when to preheat your grill to save time. When you’re marinating wait time has passed, you can then remove the steaks and cook them. You don’t pat them dry but you do let the marinade drain off enough.

You can also use them for your recipe’s vegetables such as fajitas. I often will combine the steak and veggies in a single food storage bag or bowl.

Meat and veggies in marinade in food storage bag
Meat and veggies in marinade in food storage bag

I usually put them on a platter or baking sheet and carry them out to the grill. They will initially flare up because of the oil in the marinade. Also, they will cook much darker than usual due to the soy sauce. It will be hard to tell when it’s done because of its dark colors but you can base it on your cooking skills or use of a meat thermometer.

What’s the shortest and longest times for using this marinade?

I’ve made this marinade and others many times under many conditions and the absolute shortest time of waiting for ribeye steaks to marinate is 30 minutes. It’s not 20 or 15, it’s 30 minutes. And, even then, I will cut a few slits in each steak to ensure the marinade is thoroughly absorbed. With that said, the common minimal time for other steaks is 45 minutes because some beef cuts take longer to absorb the marinade than rib-eyes.

Now, no matter how long or short you wait, your steaks will have good flavor with this marinade. However, I’ve noticed a significant difference when waiting the shorter times vs overnight. I’ve also tested it for marinating for 2 days and it’s too long. Plus, the safety of raw meat for that long in a fridge (after the grocery store) is a consideration. In any case, marinating overnight is the longest time for maximum flavor and food safety.

You can read more about steak marinating and timings here at Steak University.

Do you save the marinade for using again?

If it’s from a day old marinade, then I never do. That’s because it contains raw meat juices and that would extend its usage too long. It’s a food safety thing. But, if I’m using it for steaks again, and if the marinade is from the same day, then I do if I’m going to then freeze those steaks.

What are some good recipes to use this Steak Marinade?

You can use this steak marinade recipe on regular steaks, fajitas, and beef kabobs (shish kabobs). There is a recipe below that mentions shish kabobs. You can optionally cut up your beef or steak meat and then marinate it. Then, after it’s marinated, add it into the bowl with the veggies and follow the recipe for shish kabobs.

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