Simple Marinated Steak

Cilantro and Lime Marinated Flank Steak. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Simple marinated steak is a super easy recipe. You can marinate the steak for a few minutes or several hours; it will be delicious either way! It's served with fresh corn salad in the picture.

If you've never marinated an inexpensive cut of steak before, you are in for a treat. Marinating breaks down the fibers in the meat and helps flavor it, so when it's grilled or broiled, the steak becomes very tender and flavorful. The meat will also be juicier since marinating adds moisture to the meat.

But don't marinate the meat too long, or the fibers will break down too much, and the meat will be mushy. About eight hours is the maximum time for marinating most cuts of meat.

You can cook this steak on an outdoor grill, on an indoor grill, or under the broiler. Just make sure that you don't overcook it. Steak should be cooked to a minimum temperature of 140 F, which is medium-rare, for food safety reasons. The steak will be nice and pink on the inside, with a great sear and crust on the outside.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds steak (round steak, family steak, or sirloin steak)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a heavy duty ziplock bag, combine the olive oil, garlic, garlic powder, soy sauce, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.

  3. Cut the steak into serving-sized pieces and add to the bag. Seal bag and massage marinade into steaks with your hands.

  4. Place the bag into a large casserole dish and refrigerate for 20 minutes up to 8 hours.

  5. When you're ready to cook, preheat either your grill or your broiler for cooking.

Grill Method

  1. Preheat the grill.

  2. Remove the steak from marinade; discard any remaining marinade.

  3. Grill the steaks over medium-hot coals for 4 to 7 minutes per side, turning once, until the desired doneness.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Broiler Method

  1. Preheat the broiler.

  2. Place the steak on a broiler pan with a rack.

  3. Broil about 6 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes per side, turning once, until the desired doneness.

  4. Remove the steaks from the grill, place on serving plate, cover with foil and let stand 10 minutes before serving so the juices redistribute, and the steak will be wonderfully tender and juicy.

  5. Serve with your choice of sides.

  6. Enjoy!

Desired Doneness

Not sure what temperature to cook your steak to? Below is a quick guide for the three most common types of doneness. Using a meat thermometer, measure the temperature:

  • Medium-rare = 140F

  • Medium = 150F 

  • Well-done = 160F