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Best Steak Marinade

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 batch marinade 1x
  • Category: Marinade
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American


Best Steak Marinade – this steak marinade recipe is packed with flavor and is great for grilled steaks! So easy and delicious!


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari if gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves


  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Place steaks in a large silicone bag or glass container. Pour marinade over top and ensure steaks are fully coated.  
  4. Let steaks marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight.  
  5. We love grilling steaks after marinating! 


  • Poking holes in steak: before you marinate your steak feel free to poke some holes it it on both sides using a fork.  This helps the marinade penetrate the steak while marinating. 
  • Before Grilling: Wipe off excess marinade before grilling (especially over direct heat) as it will most likely cause flare-ups.  Some flare-ups are fine (and we all like a little char!), but we recommend having a spray bottle of water on hand to help calm the flames in case of flare-ups.  You can also move your steak over to indirect heat after the initial sear if you have having lots of issues.  See: How to Grill the Perfect Steak for more info! 
  • Freezing: You can definitely freeze your steak in the marinade if you want to prep beforehand. Simply place steak + marinade in a freezer-safe silicone bag. Ensure steak is coated in the marinade and then push out as much air as possible while sealing the bag.  Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply place in the refrigerator overnight. 
  • Paleo/Whole30: to make Paleo/Whole30 simply use a compliant ketchup and use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. 

Keywords: steak marinade, grilled steak marinade