Easy Red Wine Marinade for Steaks

Easy Red Wine Marinade for Steaks
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  • Total: 10 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 hrs
  • Marinade: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 2 to 3 Steaks (serves 3)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
635 Calories
56g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3 Steaks (serves 3)
Amount per serving
Calories 635
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 56g 72%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 3g
Calcium 110mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Red wine and steaks are a classic combination that come together in this low-hassle recipe that can be thrown together in just a few minutes. It's the perfect way to use that last bit of red wine that won't be good tomorrow.

The marinade itself is very simple, using just a little pepper, onion, and garlic for spice. The rosemary plays well with the red wine, giving the steak a slight floral hint while allowing the full flavor of the meat to shine.

You will need to marinate the steak for at least a few hours, so this is the perfect morning project. You'll have all day to look forward to your steak. It's a lovely entrée for a homemade meal that would be fantastic with sweet potatoes or grilled vegetables.

If you love a good grilled steak, be sure to brush up on a few grilling tips before starting out. Remember that the grill should be very hot, the grate oiled, and that it will only take a few minutes on each side to reach medium or medium well.



  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons onion (diced)
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 to 3 (6-ounce) steaks

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Combine all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and then pour the mix into a large plastic zipper bag.

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  3. Add the steaks and seal the bag.

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  4. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours, turning the bag several times to mix the marinade.

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  5. Prepare the steaks according to your preference and discard the rest of the marinade.

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  10. Red Wine Tofu Marinade: Vegetarian dishes can do well with a wine marinade as well, and this easy recipe works perfectly with skewered tofu and vegetables.