Garlic Herb Steak Marinade
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The last thing you want when you are grilling is flavorless steaks. This easy Garlic Herb Steak Marinade will give you the most flavorful steaks every time!
I have a neighbor who hates any food that is cooked on the grill. At first, when she told me this, I legit thought she was kidding. She wasn't. I asked her why, and she said that everything always tastes the same, and it's usually very dry. At that moment, I knew she was having the wrong grilled foods because grilling, when done right, can be some of the juiciest and best-tasting food you can get.
I love using marinades when I am grilling. I think it adds so many great flavors to whatever I am grilling with very minimal effort. I mean, really, all you are doing is letting your meat hang out in the goodness while you do whatever else you need to do until it's time to cook.
Steak is one of my go-to easy grilled dinners because they take very little time to cook them on the grill. You can easily take that simple cut of meat and transform it into the juiciest, most flavorful steak that will make your mouth water with every bite.
Reasons to Marinate Steak
When you marinate steaks, you are aiming to do two things; increase the flavor profile and tenderize the steak. How do you do that?
- Use a fat: A fat like olive oil helps to bring out the flavors in fresh herbs. It also acts as a glue helping the other ingredients stay on the steak.
- Acid: In this case, we are using lemon and coconut aminos. It helps to tenderize the steak, so you don't end up with a tough steak that is hard to chew.
- Flavors: In this marinade, we are using fresh herbs and bold spices that bring out the flavor and add brightness to what can be a heavy feeling piece of meat.
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Best Cuts of Steak for Marinating
Steaks vary by toughness, depending on the cut. You will rarely see a filet mignon marinated because it is already a very tender cut of meat.
More course cuts of meat such as flank steak and thicker ribeye, sirloin, and New York strip steaks are perfect for using a marinade to help tenderize and add flavors.
How long should you marinate steaks?
When it comes to steak, you want to marinate long enough to get the flavor and tenderizing without making the steak turn to complete mush.
I tend to aim for at least 30 minutes, but usually, 1 hour is enough time to get the meat full of flavor while keeping it moist.
Because this marinade does have lemon it, marinating it overnight or 24 hours would be the MAX I would let it go. You could end up with a much mushy and dry final steak letting it go so long.
How do you make steak marinade?
Combine everything into a bowl or a large ziplock bag. Add your steak and let it sit. That's it! The marinade will do the rest of the work until it's time to cook the steak.
This recipe uses some of my favorite steak seasoning. You can use whatever you like but my favorite combination is below.
- 1 TBS Dried Garlic
- 1 TBS Onion Powder
- 2 TSP Coriander Seeds
- 1 ½ TSP Dill
- 1 ½ TSP Dried Mustard
- 1 TBS Black Peppercorns
- 1 TBS Peppercorn Meadly Blend
- 1 TBS Salt
- 1 TSP Dried Lemon Peel
Combine everything into a pedal and motor and grind it till the pieces are about equal in size. You can also pulse it in a small food processor. I will make larger batches to keep it on hand. Store in an airtight container with the rest of your spices.
You can cook steaks however you prefer. You can grill them, pan-sear them or reverse sear, which is my personal favorite. I find everyone gets the perfectly done steak fast and easy with the nice sear when it's time to eat.
The best way to tell when a steak is done to how you like it is to use a digital meat thermometer. Just stick it in the thickest part of the steak, so you don't have to cut into them to determine if they are done.
Not sure what you are looking for?
- Rare: 130 degrees
- Medium Rare: 134 degrees
- Medium:145 degrees
- Medium Well: 150 Degrees
- Well Done: 160 degrees
Personally, I never cook a steak over 150 degrees. Rember to let your steak rest at least five minutes before you eat it. During this time, the steak will continue to cook a little more, so I recommend taking it off a few degrees before your desired temperature.
More Grilling Recipes to Enjoy
Garlic Herb Steak Marinade
- 2 lbs Steak of Choice
- ⅓ C Coconut Aminos
- 2 Lemons Zest & Juice
- ¼ C Olive Oil
- 3 Cloves Garlic minced
- 2 TBS Fresh Oregano minced
- 1 ½ TSP Fresh Thyme minced
- 1 TSP Fresh Sage minced
- 2 TSP Steak Seasoning see above
- Combine everything into a shallow dish or large ziplock bag with the steak of choice.
- Move the steak around in the marinade until every piece is coated.
- Allow the meat to marinate 30 minutes.
- Remove the steak from the marinade and grill or cook the steak to desired doneness and enjoy!