Steak Marinade Homemade

This is literally the world’s best steak marinade homemade recipe developed over many years. It’s easy to make to make and use with all the steak choices listed. This is part of our Sauces & Marinades Recipes Category.

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.
Recipe for Homemade Steak Marinade

Overview of Best Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe

This is about the steps of making and using this steak marinade homemade recipe. While usage on steaks is easy to follow, its storage is also covered. And, my family of 9 compares these steak flavors significantly superior to Ruth Chris we recently visited. You’ll be in full control of its contents and how you cook your steak after its rested in this rich marinade from less than an hour to overnight.

Homemade Marinade for Meat Types

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)
  • Chuck Roast
  • Delmonico
  • Ribeye
  • Flank
  • Flat Iron
  • Hanger
  • London Broil
  • New York Strip
  • Sirloin
  • Steak (Beef) Tips (can marinate for 45 minutes to 2 hours)
  • Sirloin Tip Roast
  • Fajitas (meat and veggies)

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 Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe

These steak marinade homemade recipe ingredients are all common. It involves a good number of ingredients but it serves extremely well for many types of steak. It’s a no salt marinade recipe since the soy sauce is included and that has a salty taste. 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.

  • soy sauce
  • lime juice
  • vegetable oil (corn, peanut, or olive oil). Avoid sesame or coconut oil.
  • brown sugar Alternate option: ½ tsp molasses per ¼ cup granulated sugar.
  • cumin
  • Black Pepper
  • chili powder
  • minced garlic

How to Marinate Steak

This is a how to apply this steak marinade homemade recipe. After you’ve made this simple steak marinade, you either pour it over the raw steaks or you add the steaks to the marinade.

Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe Poured over Steak in Food Bag
Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe Poured over Steak in Food Bag

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.

Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe Use for Fajitas
Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe Used for Fajitas

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.

How Long Should Steak Marinade?

This goes into detail about how long should steak 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 for Ribeye and 45 for other meats. 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 the ribeye.

1 Hour Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe

This is easily a 1 hour steak marinade recipe. You can have your steaks marinating while you’re working on the preparing the side dishes. In fact, as noted on the times shown earlier, it only takes about 30-45 minutes for most steaks to marinade in this recipe, following the guide. And yes, overnight is perfectly fine also. I use it overnight about 3 out of 4 times.

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 from Steak University.

How Long Does This Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe Last In The Fridge?

When I’m asked how long does homemade marinade last in the fridge, I advise it can last a long time but the flavors are impacted after a month. I typically only make it when I need it but, when wanting to save time, I’ll make it ahead and save it for up to 2 to 4 weeks in the fridge.

Do you save the marinade for using again?

Some have asked if the marinade is good for reusing it again. If it’s drained from a marinated meat, longer than today’s marinade, I don’t reuse it. That’s because it contains raw meat juices but only if it was use to marinate overnight. Even though it might be okay, it’s a food safety risk because of all the handling combined with the meat and its overnight storage. But, if I’m using it for steaks again, and if the marinade is from the same day of marinating from 30 minutes to 12 hours, then I do reuse it if I’m going to then freeze (or cook within a day) that 2nd set of steaks.

Pulling Marinated Steaks from Freezer

Pulling Marinated Steaks from the Freezer

What are some good recipes to use this Steak Marinade Homemade Recipe?

You can use this steak marinade homemade 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.


Now you have seen the ingredients for the best steak marinade homemade recipe. You’ve also seen it’s great for many of your meat recipes like steaks, roasts, fajitas, and beef shish kabobs. You’ve also learned of its storage before using on meat and it’s ease of making ahead to save time and a lot of cost from buying a marinade. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your grocery list for marinade ingredients along with your steaks and try this marinated steak recipe on the grill!

Recipe for Homemade Steak Marinade

Recipe for Homemade Steak 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.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 91kcal

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  • 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: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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