Quick-and-Easy Steak Marinade

Background and History

Marinades have been used for centuries to enhance the flavor and tenderness of meats. The concept of marinating meat likely originated as a preservation method before the invention of refrigeration. Over time, various cultures developed their own unique marinades using local ingredients and spices. Today, marinades are popular for not only their flavor-enhancing properties but also for tenderizing tougher cuts of meat.


4 servings


  • Preparation: 5 minutes
  • Marinating: 30 minutes to 24 hours (depending on preference)
  • Cooking: 10-15 minutes

Cooking Time

  • Grill: 10-15 minutes
  • Pan-sear: 10-15 minutes
  • Oven broil: 10-15 minutes


  • 4 steaks (your preferred cut)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: fresh herbs (such as rosemary or thyme) for garnish


In a bowl or resealable plastic bag, combine soy sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, honey or brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and black pepper. Mix well until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Place the steaks in the marinade, ensuring they are fully coated. If using a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap. If using a bag, seal it tightly.

Marinate the steaks in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours for maximum flavor. Turn the steaks occasionally to ensure even marination.

When ready to cook, preheat your grill, skillet, or broiler.

Remove the steaks from the marinade and discard any excess marinade.

Cook the steaks according to your preferred method and desired level of doneness.

Once cooked, let the steaks rest for a few minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

Serve and enjoy your flavorful and tender steak!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 steak

Calories  Depends on the cut of steak and portion size

Total Fat  Depends on the cut of steak and marinade absorption

Protein  Depends on the cut of steak


For a stronger flavor, marinate the steaks for longer periods, up to 24 hours.

You can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. For example, add more garlic for extra flavor or increase the honey for a sweeter marinade.

This marinade works well with various cuts of steak, such as ribeye, sirloin, or flank steak.

Allergy Warning

This marinade contains soy sauce, which may contain wheat and gluten. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, ensure you use gluten-free soy sauce.

If you have allergies to any of the listed ingredients, such as soy or garlic, avoid using this marinade or substitute with suitable alternatives.


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