Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Best Steak Marinade in Existence – soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, basil, pepper, cayenne, and parsley. I have to admit, this is hands-down the best steak marinade I’ve ever had. It is packed full of flavor and doesn’t use any crazy ingredients. Marinate all day for maximum flavor! Grill or pan sear for a meal that is better than any fancy steakhouse.

Originally posted March 20, 2012

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Easy Steak Marinade

The name really says it all – this is the Best Steak Marinade in Existence. We’ve been making this recipe since I started the blog. It is packed full of flavor and doesn’t use any crazy ingredients. You probably have everything in the pantry right now to make it. The marinade only takes a minute to whip up and the cooked steaks taste better than any fancy restaurant!

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How to Make the Best Steak Marinade in Existence

This marinade is effortless to make. Simply whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, dried basil, dried parsley, white pepper, cayenne pepper, and minced garlic. Pour the marinade over your steaks and refrigerate a few hours to overnight. When ready to cook the steaks, remove steaks from the marinade and cook until they reach your preferred temperature.

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of steak that you enjoy – ribeye, sirloin, NY Strip, filet, skirt steak, flank steak – anything you like.
  • This makes enough to marinate 6 to 8 steaks, depending on the size.
  • Here are our instructions on how to cook steaks in a cast iron grill pan: https://www.plainchicken.com/steakhouse-filets/
  • Here are our instructions on how to cook steaks in the air fryer: https://www.plainchicken.com/air-fryer-ribeyes/
  • The cooking time will just depend on what internal temperature you want and how thick the steaks are. Use a meat thermometer to cook the steaks to your preferred doneness.
    • Rare 120º to 125ºF
    • Medium-Rare 125º to 135ºF
    • Medium 125º to 145ºF
    • Medium-Well 145º to 155ºF
    • Well-Done 155ºF+
sliced steak in a grill pan

What to Serve with Steak

These steaks are AH-MAZ-ING! We had some friends over a few weeks ago for dinner. I made these steaks, and they were blown away! They asked for the recipe and made them for themselves the next week. Give this marinade a try the next time you want a great steak! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Best Steak Marinade in Existence – soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, basil, pepper, cayenne, and parsley. I have to admit, this is hands-down the best steak marinade I’ve ever had. It is packed full of flavor and doesn’t use any crazy ingredients. Marinate all day for maximum flavor! Grill or pan sear for a meal that is better than any fancy steakhouse.

Ingredients:

  • cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • Tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 Tbsp dried basil
  • Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients. Pour marinade over meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

Notes:

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of steak that you enjoy – ribeye, sirloin, NY Strip, filet, skirt steak, flank steak – anything.
  • This makes enough to marinate 6 to 8 steaks, depending on the size.
  • Here are our instructions on how to cook steaks in a cast iron grill pan: https://www.plainchicken.com/steakhouse-filets/
  • Here are our instructions on how to cook steaks in the air fryer: https://www.plainchicken.com/air-fryer-ribeyes/
  • The cooking time will just depend on what internal temperature you want and how thick the steaks are. Use a meat thermometer to cook the steaks to your preferred doneness.
    • Rare 120º to 125ºF
    • Medium-Rare 125º to 135ºF
    • Medium 125º to 145ºF
    • Medium-Well 145º to 155ºF
    • Well-Done 155ºF+

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  1. My family loves steak made with this! This is the request now from. My boys when they come home from college ! 6’10 , 6’8” and 6’6” can eat and they love it! Making it for them tomorrow.

  2. One word: DELISH ! as are most of Stephanie’s Plain Chicken !!
    also like Taste of Home recipes.

  3. We have used your recipe since it was first posted. It works well with grilled chicken and pork chops too. If time allows we let it sit overnight but always 4-6 hours. Just before grilling we dust liberally with Longhorn’s Steak House seasoning. I have always made my own version but it is now sold at the Dollar Tree. You may also want to try Ted’s Montana Grill seasoning mix too.

  4. Does marinating with lemon juice for that long change the texture of the meat? Most marinades with acidic fruit juice left over an hour make the meat mushy or rubbery?

  5. This is the best marinade I have ever had in my LIFE!! We use it on every kind of meat. Steak, chicken, pork chops. Its amazing!!

  6. This is excellent!!!! Tried it on pork chops (grilled) and they were so tender, juicy and full of flavor. Trying it tonight on chicken????????????

  7. Used this last week with a few changes. I doubled the soy saunce and threw in a teaspoon each of oregano and rosemary.

    Utterly fantastic on a skirt steak grilled at 600 🙂

  8. I made this and it's incredible! I doubled the marinade and used half of it to simmer with mushrooms to top the steaks with. So, so good!!

  9. I normally don't eat steaks but when I tried one from a social event prepared by a catering company in Bristol, I have grown a liking to it and now, I can actually make one! Great recipe.

  10. this IS the best marinade! i make a few minor subs (montreal steak pepper mix for the white pepper, and reg minced garlic for the dried minced garlic, and no hot sauce).

    we love it, the company we've had over for it love it too (3 diff times now!).

  11. Sara, we got the skr steaks at The NY Butcher Shoppe in Birmingham. They have a great selection of meat. We also just bought some great looking skirt steak at Publix last night.

  12. This was the first recipe I made when I started working at allrecipes for a family bbq and now barley no meat goes uncooked without this marinade!

  13. I've seen this same recipe and at the time dismissed it because steaks like ribeyes and strip steaks don't need a marinade. But using it was skirt steak like you did (or flank or flat iron) is a great idea.

  14. I just made this last night on chicken. It was FAB! I couldn't believe I had all the ingredients on hand….except the white pepper. I can't find it at my grocery store.

  15. I had the same thought when I saw it and we've used it a couple of times and enjoyed it both times. I look forward to your thought regarding pork and chicken.

  16. Interesting. I don't have white pepper and I never have dried parsley, but I do have a few steaks thawing for supper tonight and everything else the recipe calls for. I may give this a try… Thanks for sharing.

  17. Love the flavors of this recipe. I love Allrecipes.com too. I actually think I tried this recipe too. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of the great recipe!

  18. I just made this one last week too! Second time; the first time we made fajitas with it and added green chiles (canned) into the mix. It was great either way!

  19. I was afraid this recipe was going to have Italian dressing in it. Seems like most steak marinades do and I HATE Italian dressing on anything but a salad.

    Can't wait to try it!

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