All Purpose Steak Marinade Recipe

Flavor Profile: Balanced with savory, slightly sweet, and subtle acidic notes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil: Provides richness and helps tenderize the steak.
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar: Adds a touch of sweetness and acidity.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free): Contributes umami savory depth.
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce: Enhances complexity with its blend of flavors.
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard: Adds a touch of tanginess and spice.
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced: Provides aromatic flavor.
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano: Earthy and herbal.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme: Aromatic and slightly peppery.
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper: For a touch of heat.
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional): For a kick of spice.

Instructions

Combine ingredients: In a small bowl or jar, whisk together all marinade ingredients until well blended.

Marinate the steaks: Place your steaks in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the steaks, making sure they are well coated.

Refrigerate: Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. The longer you marinate, the more intense the flavor.

Remove from marinade: Before cooking, remove the steaks from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade.

Cook to your liking: Grill, pan-sear, broil, or cook your steaks to your desired level of doneness.

Important Tips

  • Steak Cuts: This marinade works well with most cuts of steak, including flank steak, skirt steak, sirloin, ribeye, and more.
  • Marinating Time: While a short marinating time is fine, longer marinating will yield more pronounced flavors. Don’t marinate for longer than 8 hours as the acidity can start to break down the meat texture.
  • Customization: Adjust the herbs and spices to your preference. You could add a touch of brown sugar for sweetness, rosemary for a woodsy note, or Italian seasoning for a pre-made blend.

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