Best Steak Marinade

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This is Our All-Time Favorite Steak marinade! It requires only Four ingredients – Italian dressing, A1, Lemon Juice and Worcestershire sauce – and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this Easy Steak Marinade recipe because it’s just that good!!

Easy Steak Marinade recipe - flat iron on plate

Super Easy Steak Marinade

One of the best and nostalgic things about the summer are BBQ dinners!! Who’s with me?! Have you ever gone out for a walk or drive and catch a “whiff” of the heavenly smell of someone grilling – delicious, right?

The hubby and I LOVE to grill steak and have a marinade we’ve used for years that is so delicious! Today, I’m sharing it with you because it truly is the best and requires only 3-4 ingredients. We got it from a neighbor years ago, and I’m not sure that we’ll ever find another Steak Marinade Recipe that beats it!

Flat iron marinating in best steak marinade

How to Make Homemade Steak Marinade:

As I mentioned, this marinade only requires 3 ingredients (with an optional 4th ingredient).

  • Italian Dressing
  • A1 Sauce – the original flavor
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Lemon juice (totally optional, just adds a little zest!)

All you have to do is throw each of these ingredients into a gallon sized ziploc bag or tupperware container and mix them. Once they’re mixed, add your steak.

We love flat iron steaks – they don’t have too much fat, are fairly inexpensive, and really delicious! Let the steak marinade for 24 hours – or at least 12.

Once they have marinated long enough, throw them on the grill, cook them to your liking.

What are the best meats to grill?

Here are seven of the best cuts for the grill. Remember to sear the steak over direct heat. Thinner steaks will cook sufficiently with searing. For a thinker cut: once seared move to indirect heat to finish cooking.

  • Flat Irons
  • Rib-eye
  • Top Sirloin
  • T-bone
  • Porterhouse
  • Strip Steak
  • Flank Steak

Flat iron in steak marinade recipe on grill

What can I substitute for A1 steak sauce?

If you don’t have A1 sauce you can make your own by combining:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup + 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • OR 1/3 cup lemon juice with 1/2 cup ketchup + salt and pepper to taste

Either of these work as great substitutes for A1.

How long should I marinate the steak for?

Generally longer is better. Two hours is sufficient if you’re in a hurry but 12 – 24 hours or more is ideal. This allows the marinade to really get into the meat and make it more flavorful.

How to store/freeze steak?

We typically don’t have leftover steak but if we do store it in a Ziploc bag and place in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also wrap tightly and place in freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 3 month. If we have leftover steak, we also like to sub the chicken for steak or add them to these recipes:

Best steak marinade - steak on plate

Every time we use this Steak Marinade, everyone asks for the recipe because it’s just THAT GOOD!! I’m so glad that the weather is warming up, because that means it’s grilling season, and we’ll be cooking up some steaks for sure. 😉

what to serve with steak:

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Easy Steak Marinade Recipe

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This is one of the only steak marinade recipes we ever use! It requires only three ingredients - Italian dressing, A1, and Worcestershire sauce - and makes our steak taste SO amazing! Everyone always asks for this Easy Steak Marinade recipe because it's just that good!!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Marinate Time 1 day
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 steaks
Calories 392 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 c Italian Dressing
  • 1/2 c A1 Original
  • 1/2 c Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional

Instructions

  1. Place all your ingredients in a gallon bag or tupperware. Mix well.

  2. Add your steak (we prefer Flat Irons because they are tender and fairly inexpensive).

  3. Let marinade for 24-36 hours. You can even do 12 hours if you'd like but I think it's better if it's for at least 24 hours.

  4. Grill and ENJOY!

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  1. Ah ha! The steak marinade! Yes, I can attest that it is delicious. I may have to actually try cooking steak sometime cause it was so good.

  2. I tried this the other night and you’re right it is amazing!!!! We’re having guests this weekend and I’m planning on soaking the steaks tomorrow!! The only A-1 I had in the house is the one with tobasco in it and it truly was amazing!! Thank you fir sharing!!!

  3. Hi Krystyn
    I live in Australia & I would love to use your Marinade, but I am lost as to what “A1” is???
    Could you please explain & suggest a substitute?
    Kind regards
    A friend “Down Under”

  4. What kind of steaks do you use? I only use rid eyes or new york steaks..haven’t seen the kind you used..going to make this the next time I cook steaks..just bought 6 steaks 2 days ago..I froze them..
    thank you for sharing your recipe with us…

  5. Wow all of those looks absolutely delicious and love the photos! Steak has always been one of my favorite foods to cook! Also those fried zucchini got me very interested to try, thanks for sharing this!

    1. It’s a sauce that is so good with meat!! Here is the definition from google…..A.1. Sauce includes tomato purée, raisin paste, distilled vinegar, corn syrup, salt, crushed orange purée, dried garlic and onions, spice, celery seed, caramel color, and xanthan gum. The original sauce included more expensive malt vinegar, molasses, and marmalade in its ingredients.

  6. What brand of Italian Dressing do you use?? There are so many out there would love to know which you prefer please!

  7. This is seriously the best marinade. It adds so much flavor! I need to try it with chicken next! I love how easy it is too!!

  8. NEEDED A STEAK MARINADE LAST MINUTE AND THIS SOUNDED QUICK AND EASY – I MISSED THE a1 SAUCE IN THE INGREDIENT LIST, SO ADDED SOME HONEY ~ LESS THAN 1/4 CUP – AND USED IT ON SOME SKIRT STEAK – IT WAS AMAZING! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE RECIPE, WILL TRY IT WITH a1 NEXT TIME <3