Marinade for Steaks

I made a wonderful marinade last night with ingredients I already had in my kitchen. You probably have them, too.
I don’t have too many tips for this recipe. It’s pretty straightforward. I will admit that when I made this last night I forgot to add the broth. I added it an hour after it was already marinating, but that didn’t change the outcome. So, that’s good!
Also, I should mention I only let the steaks marinate for about 4 hours. They were very juicy and flavorful.
Soy sauce, garlic, and onion in a 2 liter container
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Steaks covered in herbs and spices
Steaks marinating for a few minutes
Marinade for Steaks
  • 2 lbs beef steak (I used top sirloin)
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • beef or chicken broth
  • soy sauce
  • pepper
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • basil
  • oregano
  • container with a top to seal and store meat and liquids as the meat marinate.


  1. Add the onion, garlic, and soy sauce, and broth to the container. It should be just enough for the meat to sit in it almost completely submerged. Set aside.
  2. Tenderize meat with a fork by poking holes into it so the liquid will get inside the meat.
  3. Sprinkle all the herbs and spices to the meat. This part is tricky because I don’t measure how much of the herbs and spices I use. So, if you look at the photo above, you will see it’s quite a lot. I try to cover most of the meat with on herb or spice before adding the next one.
  4. Once you’ve covered all the meat, use your hands, or a fork or spoon, to rub the herbs and spices into the meat. Maybe about 1/2 a minute on each side.
  5. Once you’re done with all the meat, place it in the container with the liquid. Let is sit on one side for 2 to 3 mins, the flip it over on the other side in the liquid.
  6. Cover the container and place in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours. If you have more time, let it marinate over night.
  7. Grill the meat or cook it on the stove AKA Pan-Sear. (For cooking after this point, its easier if I point you to my go-to procedures here  for Pan-Seared steak. My boyfriend grills, but I like to Pan-Sear it sometimes and it’s just as good, or possibly juicier!)
  8. Enjoy!


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