Best Quick Steak Marinade | Creme De La Crumb

This is the very BEST quick steak marinade, perfect for grilling up juicy, flavorful steaks – even cheap cuts! – so tasty you won’t need sauce.  

It’s that time of year, full-on grilling season, and I could not be more excited about it. Around here we have a definite season for grilling since half of the year it’s too cold to stand out side and flip anything with a pair of tongs, though back in January I did put on about 13 layers and stand out on the back deck to make dinner a few nights. Desperation!

Now that the weather is making a definite trend toward Summer, I’ve been grilling up a storm and the first thing I’ve been working on is a recipe for perfect, super juicy and flavorful steak.

Best Quick Steak Marinade |

Growing up I actually believed I didn’t care for steak at all because it was dry, tough, and flavorless. Or so I thought! It wasn’t until I was getting into adulthood that I realized that steak didn’t have to be dry, tough, or flavorless. In fact, it could be crazy-delicious, juicy, and bursting with big, bold flavors.

The key to a great steak is all in the marinade. But you don’t have to plan for hours in advance to get the benefits of a really good marinade. Today I’m sharing with you my secret sauce for a 20-minute marinade that will transform even cheaper cuts into delicious and tender steak with enough flavor to make you forget to pull out the A-1.

Best Quick Steak Marinade |

This steak marinade is made with a base of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, which makes a perfect combination for tenderizing the meat. Next add in some herbs, garlic, and a hint of honey for sweetness all infusing into the steak for big flavor. Toss the steak and the marinade into a sealable bag, and chill for 15-20 minutes before throwing your steak on the grill.

Tips for perfect grilled steak

  • Preheat the grill so the grates are nice and hot before putting the steak on
  • Once placing the steak on the grates, try to move it as little as possible
  • Don’t cut into your steak to check for readiness! This will let the juices run out and dry out your steak. Use a thermometer or the hand test (take a look at this article if you’re unfamiliar with the hand test – I love this method)
  • Once cooked, allow steak to rest for at least five minutes before cutting into it to preserve the juices and keep it from drying out
Best Quick Steak Marinade |
Best Quick Steak Marinade |

Best Quick Steak Marinade

This is the very BEST quick steak marinade, perfect for grilling up juicy, flavorful steaks – even cheap cuts! – so tasty you don’t need sauce. 

  • 4-6
    8-ounce steaks
  • 1/3
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3
    soy sauce
  • 1/4
  • 2
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1
  • 1
    dried Italian seasoning
  • 1
    garlic powder
  • 1
    dried mustard
  • chopped parsley, for garnish
  1. Whisk together balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, oil, worcestershire sauce, honey, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and dried mustard. 

  2. Add steaks and marinade to a zip lock bag, tossing the steaks a few times to coat. Press the excess air out, seal the bag, and chill for 15-20 minutes. 

  3. Use tongs to transfer steaks to a preheated grill. Cook until desired doneness is reached. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired. 

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