Italian Dressing Marinated Steaks

Italian dressing recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 14 mins
Marinating Time: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 24 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
326 Calories
28g Fat
15g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 326
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 1755mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 4g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*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.)

Italian dressing is one of the best steak marinades you can buy. The combination of oil and vinegar with the herbs and spices makes it a flavorful and powerful tenderizer. This is one of the best shortcuts to marinating meats, especially tough cuts of beef.

You can certainly make a fancier marinade, but you can't beat this one for simplicity. Before heading off to work, you can quickly get the steaks marinating for a great dinner when you come home. You could mix up your own homemade Italian dressing with fresh herbs if you prefer.

A marinade helps prevent the formation of unhealthy chemicals when the meat is grilled. So, it not only gives your meat a good texture and flavor, but it also is a healthier way to grill.

This recipe includes grilling instructions, but if you choose another cooking method, the Italian dressing marinade is still a good choice. Because this dressing usually lacks sugar, it won't burn at the high temperatures used to grill steak.

Either serve the steaks whole, or slice and serve on top of pasta or fresh salad greens. This dish also works well with mashed potatoes or grilled vegetables.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Italian dressing marinated steak
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  2. Place the steak or steaks into a resealable plastic bag and pour the Italian dressing over the steaks, making sure meat is well coated. Release the air from the bag and seal. Place the bag into the refrigerator for 4 to 12 hours.

    Place steak in bag
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  3. Remove the bag containing steaks at least 30 minutes before grilling. Let it stand at room temperature during this time. 

    Remove the bag
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  4. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.

    Preheat the grill
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  5. Remove the steaks from the bag and discard the marinade.

    Remove steaks from the bag
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  6. Season the steaks with salt, lemon pepper, and black pepper.

    Season the steaks
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  7. Place the steaks onto the grill and cook for 6 to 7 minutes per side, depending on thickness and desired doneness.

    Place the steaks on grill
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  8. Once the steaks have reached the preferred doneness, remove them from the heat onto a warmed plate and let the meat rest for 5 to 7 minutes before serving. This allows the juices to be evenly distributed. They will run out if you cut the meat too soon. Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!

    steak plated with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado
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Doneness Temperatures:

  • Rare: 120 to 130 F
  • Medium Rare: 130 to 135 F
  • Medium: 140 to 150 F
  • Medium Well: 155 to 165 F
  • Well: 170 F or higher

Marinade Safety:

  • Don't be tempted to use the marinade for basting or to make a sauce you have used it on the raw steaks. The marinade would need to be boiled to ensure that all bacteria are killed.

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