Easy Red Wine Marinade for Steaks

Easy Red Wine Marinade for Steaks
The Spruce
Ratings (17)
  • 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
(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. Combine all of the ingredients in a glass bowl and then pour the mix into a large plastic zipper bag.

  2. Add the steaks and seal the bag.

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

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

More Red Wine Marinades

There are many ways to make an impressive red wine marinade. Some work better with one type of meat (or other protein) than another. If you really enjoy cooking with wine, be sure to explore these recipes.