Simple Marinated Steak

Simple marinated steak recipe

The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

  • 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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

Grill Method

  1. Preheat the grill.

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

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

    Grilled steak
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  4. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve
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Broiler Method

  1. Preheat the broiler.

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

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

    Broiled steak
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  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.

    Cover with foil
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  5. Serve with your choice of sides.

    Serve with sides
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  6. Enjoy!

    Steak
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Tip

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 = 140 F
  • Medium = 150 F 
  • Well-done = 160 F

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