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5 Easy Steak Marinades

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These 5 easy steak marinade recipes are freezer-friendly, simple to prepare, and totally dependable and delicious! These are the perfect steak marinades for grilling, sautéing, slow cooking, Instant Pot, meal prep, and more.

5 Easy Steak Marinade Recipes

Alright, all of you steak lovers…this one’s for you. ?

Actually, as was the case with the 5 easy chicken marinade recipes that I shared on Monday, each of these steak marinades today would arguably work just as well on chicken, pork or tofu. But I’m particularly partial to these five when it comes to preparing a nice juicy filet. Because I’ll be the first one to admit that — while we eat plant-based meals most of the time at home nowadays — I’m a midwestern girl at heart, and will forever love splurging on a good, perfectly-cooked, thick, juicy steak every now and then.

Probably about half of the time, I tend to go the classic route with cooking steak — simply seasoning mine with a generous pinch of flaky sea salt and lots of freshly-cracked black pepper and maybe a pat of butter. But when I’m craving some different flavors, these quick steak marinade recipes have been favorites for awhile. They’re each incredibly versatile, and work on everything from traditional steaks to shredded beef to stir-fries. So whether you’re skewering up some kabobs, or having fajita night, or wanting a big pot of shredded beef in the Instant Pot, or just looking for a new marinade to kick steak night up a delicious notch…check them out, because I think there’s a little something here for everyone.


5 Best Steak Marinade Recipes

5 Simple Steak Marinade Recipes:

And the five best steak marinade recipes include…

  • Cold Brew Steak Marinade: Save your leftover coffee this week — it makes a fantastic marinade!
  • Fajita Steak Marinade: No more bland fajita seasoning; there’s so much great flavor in this steak fajita marinade.
  • Korean Steak Marinade: This classic fruity marinade is the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
  • Chimichurri Steak Marinade: Tons of herbs are packed into this zesty classic Argentenian sauce.
  • Balsamic & Herb Marinade: Balsamic and Italian herbs are some of my favorite pairings for steak.

Best Steak Marinade Recipe

How To Make A Steak Marinade:

To make each marinade, simply whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl until combined. Then combine the marinade and steak together in a freezer ziplock bag, seal, and refrigerate or freeze according to the directions below until ready to use. So simple!

Easy Steak Marinade Recipes

Steak Marinade Tips:

Marinade to Steak Ratio: 

You’re welcome to use however much marinade you would like per pound of steak, but in general, I recommend around 1/2 cup marinade per 1 pound of steak. Feel free to use your preferred cut of steak.

Marinade Times:

  • Fridge marinade time: I recommend marinating your steak packs in the refrigerator for anywhere from 30 minutes up to 1 day (24 hours).
  • Freezer marinade time: I recommend marinating your steak packs in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Marinade Safety:

  • Always thaw steak properly: As tempting as it may be to try and “quick-thaw” frozen steak, food safety guidelines recommend that you always thaw steak slowly in the refrigerator. Ideally, you can plan ahead and pop your frozen steak pack in the fridge and let it rest for 24 hours or so, or until it has completely thawed. But to speed the process up, you can place the steak pack in a bowl of cold water, then refrigerate until the steak pack has completely thawed.
  • Don’t try to cook partially-frozen steak: Probably goes without saying, but if you jump the gun, the steak will cook unevenly. So thaw completely.
  • Basting with marinades: There are a variety of opinions in the food safety world about how safe/unsafe it is to baste your steak with its marinade. Some say it’s ok to use the marinade as a baste in the beginning stages of cooking, but many strongly disagree. To err on the side of caution, if you would like to use the marinade as a baste while cooking, I recommend using extra marinade that you have reserved ahead of time. (Basically, marinade that hasn’t touched the raw steak.)
  • Use high-heat oils: If you’re planning to cook your steak over high heat, be sure to use high-heat-safe oils. I generally use traditional olive oil, which has a higher smoke point than extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. But grapeseed and safflower oils work well too.

Marinade Equipment:

  • Freezer bags: I recommend using the designated freezer ziplock bags (vs. the thinner/cheaper sandwich plastic bags) for these steak packs. They are stronger and (obvs) freezer friendly, and will help prevent leaks. And I also love using freezer bags because you can note the expiration date on the front. Here is an eco-friendly reusable freezer bag option too!
  • Meal prep containers: We also regularly use meal prep containers for quick marinades in our house. I don’t recommend them for freezing, since there’s no way to eliminate all of the excess air inside. But for a quick (1 to 24 hour) marinade, they work well.
  • Everyday bowls: Another simple option for quick (1 to 24 hour) marinade would be to use any small mixing or serving bowls that fit your amount of steak. Just mix, cover with a sheet of foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate.

Cooking Tips:

  • Instant-Read Thermometer: However you choose to cook your steak, I always recommend having an instant-read thermometer on hand to ensure that your steak is cooked through…and not overcooked. (The FDA recommends cooking your beef to a minimum of 145°F.)  I love and recommend this $10 thermometer from Amazon.  (<– affiliate link)
  • Broiling/Grilling/Slow Cooking: I’ve included general instructions for each of these methods below. They will each vary (especially with cook time) according to the cut and size of your steak, so again, I recommend using a thermometer to guarantee accurate doneness.

Marinade For Steak

I’ve included instructions below for how to broil or grill traditional steaks. But note that these marinades also work really well for cooking shredded beef in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, or sautéing bite-sized pieces of steak in stir-fries as well. So many options!

5 Simple Steak Marinade Recipes

So have fun with them, and enjoy every bite of your delicious steak. ?

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5 Easy Steak Marinades

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 1 cup (each) 1x


These 5 easy steak marinade recipes are simple to make, freezer-friendly, and totally dependable and delicious!  Perfect for grilling, broiling, slow cooking, meal prep, and more.



Cold Brew Marinade:

  • 3/4 cup cold brew coffee (or any strong coffee)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each: Dijon mustard and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder and onion powder

Fajita Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Korean Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup Asian pear puree or juice* (or you can sub any kind of pear)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: garlic powder and ground ginger
  • optional: 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon thinly-sliced scallions

Chimichurri Marinade:

Balsamic & Herb Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each: garlic powder and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Whisk together the ingredients for (one) marinade in a small bowl until combined.
  2. Combine marinade with steak in a ziplock freezer bag, and toss until the steak is evenly coated in the marinade.  Carefully press out any extra air that might be in the bag, then seal.  (You will need 1/3 cup marinade per 1 pound of steak.)
  3. If Using Immediately: Refrigerate the steak pack(s) for anywhere from 30 minutes to up to 1 day.
  4. If Freezing: Immediately transfer the steak pack(s) to the freezer, and freeze for up to 3 months.  Then when you’re ready to cook the steak, transfer the steak pack back to the refrigerator for 24 hours, or until it has thawed completely.  Or to speed up the process, you can submerge the sealed steak pack in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator until it has thawed completely.
  5. When ready to cook, remove the steak from the marinade, discard the remaining marinade, and let the steak rest on a plate for 20 minutes at room temperature.  (This will help it cook more evenly.)  Cook however you prefer.  (See recommendations below.)



Be sure to also check out these other marinade recipes!

These 5 Easy Chicken Marinade Recipes -- Teriyaki, Enchilada, Tandoori, Honey Mustard and Pesto -- are freezer-friendly (perfect for meal prep), naturally gluten-free, easy to make, and SO delicious. Perfect for chicken, steak, pork, and tofu. And flexible for baked, grilled, sautéed, or slow cooker chicken. | Gimme Some Oven #chickenrecipe #bakedchicken #marinaderecipe #chicken #glutenfree

5 Easy Chicken Marinades

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13 comments on “5 Easy Steak Marinades”

  1. These all look awesome! Can’t wait to try the coffee marinade…I’m officially intrigued.

  2. Thanks! These are great! Now I just need some nice spring weather so I can start using the grill!

  3. Hi im Lina.i would like to make those marinades but its hard to find some of yoir ingredients…

  4. Don’t see the recipe for the balsamic marinade. That is the one I wanted to try.

  5. I love this marinade series. A great range of flavors, and the bright and colorful pictures are (as always an your blog) beautiful!

    About how much does each marinade make?

    What do you think about making these marinades ahead and possibly freezing them? (Including the pork and chicken marinades.) I think it would work, based on the packs of frozen sauces I sometimes find in bags of frozen veggies. And the texture of the marinade doesn’t really matter in the final product. Thoughts?
    I’m thinking it would be great to have these ready to go for whatever manager’s special meat catches my eye in upcoming weeks.

  6. I’d love to see a post about what to serve some of these with! I made the fajita steak tonight which was great!) but would like to know say what to serve with the Korean steak.

  7. Hi-

    Love these marinade ideas. Which one would you think will work best for London broil? Thank you so much!

  8. Tried Balsamic marinade. It was da bomb. Definitely use a quality balsamic makes a difference. Thank you.

  9. Every one of these recipes has been so much fun making and trying. Thank you so much. AWESOME SAUCE literally.

  10. We were soooo satisfied with the yumminess of the Korean marinade which we used on New York Strip. I didn’t have the Asian pear on hand but simply substituted 2 peeled HoneyCrisp apples. Because of a garlic sensitivity, I didn’t use the garlic but otherwise followed the recipe. Blasted everything together in the Nutribullet and then bagged the steak and sauce together. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  11. Very yummy!

  12. Delicious marinades – I started with one and then kept adventuring. These have now turned into my go to dinner recipes. Great variety and flavor and quick to whip together! I’ve made the pesto, fajitas (pineapple juice rocks in it – tried on chicken), honey mustard (kid favorite), teriyaki (on chicken and salmon – both awesome), tandoori, and balsamic herb. They were all terrific. I’ve spent quarantine making new gourmet food every night and these rank on the top of the list. Thank you!!

  13. Excellent. Great recipes and I love the website.