Kittencal's Marinade for Grilled Steak

"This marinade will produce the most tender and not to mention the best tasting steak and it's enough for up to four steaks about 1-1/2-inches thick --- just remember to bring the steaks to almost room temperature before grilling this will relax the meat fibers and make for a more tender juicy steak --- the amounts may be doubled but keep the garlic at the same amount, for best results it is recommended to not substitute any ingredients, do not add any salt to the marinade and do not salt the meat until ready to grill --- this marinade may be used for any cut of steaks."
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  • Mix all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Pour over steaks.
  • Cover tightly and place the steaks in the refrigerator for minimum 4 hours or even better for 24 hours.
  • Remove the steaks from the fridge.
  • Bring the steaks down to almost room temperature before grilling.
  • Season steaks with steak seasoning or seasoning of choice if desired (I like to use Montreal Steak Seasoning).
  • Grill for 6-12 minutes turning 3-4 times or until desired doneness.

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  1. gvnsmom22
    This steak is awesome. Very Flavorful. I think I would rather eat this steak than have sex.
  2. Narshmellow
    I used this marinade on top sirloin steaks. I let them sit for 24 hours and then rinsed them and patted them dry. I was hoping for something that would soften the meat with a slight touch of a 'something' that works with the beef flavor but still lets the beef taste be the forefront. That's not this recipe. It smells garlicky, but it tastes like vinegar and soy. Not much beef taste. They were still eaten, but it was agreed that it wasn't what we wanted. (like a steakhouse marinade). I will stick with salt, pepper and a pat of butter. Thanks anyway.
  3. Cypress
    I was really looking forward to this, but it was kind of disappointing. I did it exactly as written except I didn't have enough Dijon mustard. So I used yellow mustard for the remaining amount needed (about 1/2 tsp I think). I don't think the mustard was the problem tho. I think for me, the balsamic vinegar gave it too much of a sweet taste. I think next time I'll try omitting it or maybe try a different vinegar. It wasn't gross or any thing. It just wasn't very tasty to me, as the sweetness ruined the other good flavors that were going on. My fiance really enjoyed this dish, so I'm giving it four stars. I will be for sure trying this again, just a little differently. Thanks for sharing :)
  4. Neohippie
    I put this marinate in a ziplock bag with a sirloin steak and took it on a camping trip, so it ended up in there for about two days before it was cooked. Turned out great! I never ended up putting more salt on it. The salt already in the Worchestershire and soy sauces turned out to be enough. The marinade really complimented the flavor of the beef without overpowering it.
  5. Seeprats
    Great marinade!!!!!! I did double the black pepper but will definitely be increasing it more the next time around. Might try upping the W sauce too. But definitely a keeper! Thannnxxxx :)


  1. Kelly C.
    This is my go to for steak marinades! I substituted Bragg's apple cider vinegar for the balsamic and used spicy mustard since I did not have dijon. It came out fantastic!! My husband and I both agreed that the steak came out the best we have ever made at home. Very soft, tender and just perfect. Thanks Kittencals for this awesome marinade!
  2. joanna_giselle
    I substituted red wine vinegar for the balsamic as I didn't have any and cut back a little on the garlic but kept the rest of the ingredients the same. I marinated some rump steak for around 24 hours in the fridge before bringing it to room temperature as suggested. It was the best steak I have ever made. Thanks Kitten!
  3. Mary_K
    Kittencal, your recipes never let me down :) I really enjoyed our strip steaks tonight. I marinated them for about 18 hours and subbed red wine vinegar for the balsamic. I also added a dash of red pepper flakes. THANK YOU!



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