Simple Steak Marinade

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2015

super simple steak marinade

Since it’s summer, since Dave has been doing lots of grilling while I’m on “maternity leave”, and since we’re kicking off another weekend, I thought it was appropriate to share one of my favorite, SUPER simple steak marinades.

It only requires a few very basic ingredients, it tastes great on almost any type of steak, and (best of all) if you’re not planning ahead, you only need an hour for this marinade to flavor your meat!

Recipe for Super Simple Steak Marinade:

(print recipe)


  • Steak (we grilled Ribeye steaks this time)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. Worcestershire Sauce


  • Place steak in a shallow container
  • Pierce each side several times with a fork
  • Sprinkle each side with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • Rub brown sugar onto each side
  • Pour Worcestershire sauce over top of steak
  • Let marinade for an hour (or more if you have time)
  • Grill, eat, enjoy!

One of the reasons I love this marinade (besides the fact that it’s so quick and easy) is because I love the hint of sweetness from the brown sugar. It makes a crunchy caramelized coating on the outside of the steaks that is so yummy.

I didn’t list a grilling time above — and that’s because it depends on how thick your meat is and how “done” you like your steak. However, I recently found this handy cheat sheet that has been helpful for us.

Also, if you’re looking for a REALLY good, REALLY simple pork marinade, this one is my all-time favorite! And for chicken, my go-to marinades are either Italian dressing or honey mustard.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a few cuts of your favorite meat from the grocery store and start grilling! 

What are your favorite meat marinades?

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super simple steak marinade


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  1. Trudy


    Pork Marinade:

    ½ cup soy sauce
    ¼ cup water
    1 clove garlic or powder
    2 tbsp Green pepper
    2 tbsp onion
    2 tbsp brown sugar
    ¼ tsp. ginger

    Put all in a blender or food processor……marinade for at least 3-4 hours


  2. Shelley


    My favorite marinade is from a cookbook called Eet Smakelijk . It’s called “Charcoaled Chuck Roast”.
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    5 oz. soy sauce
    4 oz. cooking sherry (you can sub in liquor or wine if you like),
    1 Tbsp lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp. salt

    While the recipe calls to use it with chuck roast slices, we use it to marinate steak or chicken. Even flank steak is excellent ! I prefer to marinate overnight, but 3-4 hours is enough if you are running short on time.

    If I buy marinade from the store, we love Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Teriyaki marinade on our chicken.


    Shelley Reply:

    Oops! I forgot one ingredient–1 1/2 cups water.