Dad's Simple Steak Marinade Recipe -
Dad's Simple Steak Marinade Recipe
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Dad's Simple Steak Marinade

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"This recipe is one my father taught me. It is the simplest homemade marinade! Just 5 common ingredients! When used overnight, the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic make flank, skirt and sirloin steaks flavorful and, most importantly, tender for the grill! For more flavor, add Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to your steak while it cooks. Red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar may be substituted for the red wine."

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Original recipe makes 1 1/4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Whisk together the vegetable oil, soy sauce, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a bowl, and pour into a resealable plastic bag.
  2. To use the marinade, place the meat in the bag, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours to overnight. Discard the marinade after it has been used.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 04, 2010

Very good! We used on sirlion & it was delish. I used red wine vinger only because I didnt have the other. Will make again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 07, 2010

This is pretty good for a quick marinade using ingredients that most of us probably have on hand. The only changes I made was to use olive oil instead of vegatable oil. Also added fresh lemon juice from 1 lemon. This is a good base for a marinade... but add some spices for a little bolder flavor like basil, oregano, salt & pepper, and a little cumin! Perfection!


19 Ratings

Oct 01, 2010

MLALAK, thanks for sharing this recipe. I had bought several rib steaks on sale and they were as tough as shoe leather. Grrrrrrr So I searched for a simple marinade recipe and decided to try yours. My husband reported a marked difference in the steak and announced how good it was. I had never marinaded steak before (too lazy) but will use your recipe again in the future. Oh Thanks to your Dad, also. Margene

Nov 13, 2011

Such a great simple marinade! I used reduced sodium soy sauce, but made no additional changes.

Apr 01, 2012

I like this recipe but prefer more time marinating.

Oct 04, 2010

We used the cheap ranch steaks. Added minced onion to the mixture. Other than that, made exactly as written. Only had time to marinade 3 hours. Next time will marinade over night. It still had good flavor but would be even better next time around. Except for the red wine, we had the other ingredients on hand.

Jul 12, 2010

thanks perfect simple marinade made our steaks delicious and saved leftover wine mixed with sprite for cool refreshing drink with our bbq steaks

Mar 16, 2012

Excellent and worth a go! Thanks for posting! ^_^


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  • Calories
  • 186 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.9 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 18.2 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 713 mg
  • 29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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