Northwest Steakhouse Steak Marinade Recipe -
Northwest Steakhouse Steak Marinade Recipe
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Northwest Steakhouse Steak Marinade

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"I had a steak with this marinade, and it was the best steak I ever had."

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Original recipe makes 1 /2 cup marinade Change Servings
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    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Stir the seasoning salt, garlic powder, Greek seasoning, and bouillon cube into the melted butter. Mix until the bouillon cube dissolves. Pour the marinade into a wide and shallow dish and place a steak of your choice into the marinade, turning to coat both sides. Cook or grill as desired.
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  • Cook's Note
  • I like to bake the steak in the marinade at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), ten minutes per side before finishing it on the grill.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 01, 2008

I have a question for the submitter: Would this by chance be from the Northwestern Steakhouse in Mason City, IA? If it is, you are my new best friend. :)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 04, 2010

Tried again and with a good cut it was better. More of a sauce than a marinade but really easy to mAke which is always nice

Mar 30, 2009

A winner! Hubby loved this one and he's my toughest critic when it comes to what goes on his meat besides S&P. This was really good. I was going to have my husband charcoal this but he didn't have enough so I cooked this on the stove top in my favorite cast iron skillet. This would have been better had I used a better cut of meat than just an inexpensive round steak. I'm looking forward to having this on the grill next time. Thanks!!! 3-29-09 UPDATE: Hubby grilled some NY Strips and these were the BEST EVER! Steak house quality for sure. I was informed this is OUR new steak and everything else seasoning for evermore so don't lose the recipe. I agreed with my husband, this is FABULOUS!!! CAUTION: These will flare up when you place them on the grill. Apparently impressively enough for hubby to excitedly come in and ask me what I put in the "exploding steak" marinade?

Jun 22, 2009

Wow, fantastic! I used Emeril's Steak Rub since I was out of Greek seasoning, and it was great (I'm sure any seasoning combo you like would work just fine). The BUTTER is the key ingredient here. I would never have thought of trying it this way. I pour this over steaks in a ziploc a day or two ahead and then set on the counter about 20 mins prior to grilling. I use a gas grill and let it heat on hi about 10 mins, then reduce to medium and add the steaks. It will flare like crazy, so keep an eye on things (but, unless it's obviously badly burning, don't pull the steak off the fire since that gives it great flavor). After a couple mins, I turn the steaks 90 degrees to get the nice grill marks. After a couple more minutes I flip and repeat on the second side. Be aware that whatever temp you use, the steaks will cook more quickly due to the flaring. FWIW, medium thickness steaks take about 8 mins total on medium setting on my grill to reach medium doneness. Once removed to plates, we top each steak with a very thin pat of butter, tiny sprinkle of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper, then cover with foil and let rest about 5 mins to let the juices reabsorb. I can't speak to other cuts, but for ribeyes (we look for ones with nice marbling, which always helps) -- absolute perfection! Thanks so much for sharing, Jetta! :)

Jan 28, 2009

Love it! I was wondering if anybody had any tips as far as when you pour the mixture/roll the steaks in it. The butter hardens almost immediately after touching the steaks as well as when you pull the steaks out to BBQ. I ended up breaking a bunch of the marinade up and sprinkling it onto the steaks. Still turned out great, but looking for tips!

Apr 07, 2010

The restaurant from which this recipe originated is known for their AMAZING meals in North Iowa. I've had this recipe for years but have honestly never 'marinaded' with it. Usually, I mix this up & pop in immediately into the oven. I use it mostly with chicken breast & pork chops & it never fails to produce unbelievable meals. We seldom buy steaks, but got some real good petite sirlions at a great price & decided to make the "real thing." I did allow to marinade for about 5 hrs prior to grilling (again, I usually just bake my chops for about 45 mins @ 350) Ooolaalaa, Yummynummy! I took a large sheet of foil & folded the sides up to create a pan-like area, flipped the meat onto the the foil (marinaded in a 9x13(had enough meat I had to double the recipe) & solidified into a perfect rectangle that I flipped onto foil & then placed foil on grill) The meat 'cooked' in it's juices as well as marinade, flavor explodes. At the restaurant, they also use this warmed sauce over spaghetti noodles. I love it also stirred into my mashed potatoes that I serve with the meal or bread dipped into it. Oh, the uses are endless & alway delicious. Anyway you make any kind of meat with this recipe, marinaded or not, it always turns out so tender, juicy & out of this world!

Jun 04, 2008

This is really good. My greek seasoning had both salt and garlic in it, so I skipped those 'pinches' of this and that. I used it on flat iron steaks and sea scallops. I hit them with a little lemon at the end, which woke everything up a bit - so that might be worth a try for you, as well. Thanks for the recipe - we'll use it again. ;)

May 01, 2009

Wonderful! A keeper! Like someone else stated, the butter hardens on cold meat. Rachael Ray says let meat 'rest' 20 minutes before cooking it to allow the muscle structure to relax to lessen toughness; so that may help, I'll try that next time. We just melted the extra butter marinade as Hubby turned the steaks on the grill. They did cause flare up, but no burning, so don't get too worried. Taste is just like the high-end steak houses, cause they use BUTTER!!! Yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 209 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.8 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 23.1 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.5 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 627 mg
  • 25%

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

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