Steak Marinade - A simple, magical marinade that truly tenderises, while adding flavour AND making the steak juicy. Genius!
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Beef Steak Marinade

This is a marinade to transform good value steaks by making them juicier, more tender and adding a hint of flavour while not overpowering the flavour of the beef. With this marinade, you won't need a sauce for the beef, though I can never resist some herb butter!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 2 -4
Calories: 584kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats


  • 2 large steaks (I used 2 x 400g/14oz t bone steaks) (Note 1)


  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic (1 large garlic clove)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (or sub with garlic powder)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (Note 2)
  • 1 tbsp oil (I use olive oil, but any oil is fine)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper


  • Mix together mustard, garlic and onion powder. Then mix in remaining ingredients.
  • Place beef in a ziplock bag with Marinade and marinade overnight (12 - 24 hours).
  • Remove from the fridge 1 hour before cooking to bring to room temperature. Shake off excess marinade.
  • Heat skillet (or BBQ) on high heat until is really hot - you should see wisps of smoke. Add oil - it will heat almost instantly. Add steaks and cook the first side for 2 minutes, then turn and cook the other side for 1 1/2 minutes (for very medium rare). (Note 3)
  • Remove from skillet onto a WARM plate, cover loosely with foil and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with baked potatoes and corn! I couldn't resist herb butter - see recipe in notes.


1. Choosing steak: Use this for any good value grilling cut of steak, not prime cuts. Typically, most steak cuts purchased in supermarkets are what I would consider good value steaks. Basically, the more you pay, the better the steak!
And remember, it's not just the steak cut that determine quality. There are different grades for the same cut of steak. Rib Eye at my butcher costs almost twice as much as it does at the supermarket. I would never marinade the one from the butcher!
Make sure you use a GRILLING steak. Any cut of steak suitable for grilling is great for this.
2. Soy sauce - use an all purpose, normal soy sauce. I use Kikkoman. Do not use light soy sauce (too salty), tamari or dark soy sauce (too much flavour)
3. The cook time for steaks differs drastically depending on size, thickness, and denseness of the beef. I used 400g/14oz t-bone steaks that were about 2.5cm / 1" thick. For medium rare (edging on rare which is how I like it), it was 2 minutes on each side in a stinking hot skillet.
It's better to under than over cook steaks. You can pop the steak back in the skillet if it's a bit rare for your taste, but you can't undo and overcooked steak!
4. Herb butter: 100g / 1 stick unsalted softened butter, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (I use any combo of parsley, thyme, oregano, dill chives. Use rosemary sparingly, basil can go brown so I don't use it, sage and tarragon are a bit distinct for my taste). Mix together, place on baking paper to form a log. Roll up then twist ends tightly repeatedly until it forms a neat log. Refrigerate until firm, cut to serve.
5. Nutrition per serving for a 400g/14oz T-bone steak (~300g/10oz exc bone), excluding herb butter.Beef Steak Marinade Nutrition


Serving: 305g | Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.8g | Protein: 100.2g | Fat: 15.6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 248mg | Sodium: 687mg | Potassium: 963mg | Sugar: 2.1g | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 9.4mg