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How To Marinate Steak – And What To Serve With It

How To Marinate Steak – And What To Serve With It

Imagine…grilling steaks in the backyard on a cool, crisp evening, bonfire burning just a few yards away. The smell is intoxicating. Tis the season, y’all. Well stop imagining and get to it! Here I will tell you how to marinate steak and what to serve with it.


Which cut of steak?
First, let’s talk about cuts of steak. Most people will agree that filet mignon is the best cut because it is so tender. I am not most people. Yes, it is the most tender, but it also lacks fat which is what flavors the meat and keeps it juicy. That’s where the rib eye and New York strip come in. The rib eye has the most fat which makes it the most flavorful, but if you’re like me, you don’t want to deal with the bone. That’s why New York strip is my favorite cut of meat. It has enough fat to keep it juicy and flavorful, there is no bone, and it won’t break the bank.


Now, how are we going to cook it? There are many options to cooking steak. Stovetop, gas grill, charcoal grill, oven. All options are great, if done correctly, however I’m all about the flavor. Charcoal is the best tool to flavoring a steak in my opinion. If you don’t have a charcoal grill, don’t fret. You can buy liquid smoke from any grocery store to add to your marinade to give it that charcoal grilled flavor.


What is liquid smoke, you ask. It is water vapor produced from burning wood, which is then condensed through a cooling tube, distilled to a concentrate, and filtered to remove impurities such as ash and soot. This concentrate is 100% natural and can give your steak that great smoky flavor you might miss out on if you cook it on the stove or in the oven.


For the marinade:steak-marinade

  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce


Yes, it’s that simple. Sprinkle all the dry ingredients on both sides of the steak. Stab the steak a few times on each side with a fork. Pour the Worcestershire sauce on each side. Now you want to let the steak sit for a while and soak in all of that yummy goodness. The longer it marinates, the better. Try for a minimum of 30 minutes to an hour. Flip the steaks over a few times to allow for even marinating. Remember if you are cooking the steak on the stove or in the oven, add the liquid smoke now.



On the Grill


Cook times will vary based on how much pink you like in the middle. Lay the steaks on the cooking grate and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the steaks over and cook until they reach desired internal temperature.

Rare – 130-135 degrees

Medium rare – 140 degreesgrilled-steak

Medium – 155 degrees

Medium well – 160 degrees

Well done – 165 degrees


Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

On the stove/oven


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat a little vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sear each steak in the skillet for 5 minutes on each side. Lift the steak and sear the sides as well. Transfer the cast iron skillet to the oven and bake until steak reaches desire temperature as stated above. This could take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Remove the steak from the skillet and transfer to plate. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.


What to serve with your delicious steak?


You can’t go wrong with any sides. Hubby is a meat and potatoes kind of guy so our favorite sides are mashed potatoes with Ranch (recipe coming soon) and steamed edamame. I have also served grilled corn on the cob, cream corn, baked potatoes, sweet peas, mac & cheese, the list goes on. Don’t forget the side salad and garlic toast!



And of course a big ol’ glass of red wine. Or y’know…the whole bottle.

12 thoughts on “How To Marinate Steak – And What To Serve With It”

  • Awesome article, my wife loves steak but I don’t think she really knows the proper cut or how to really cook a steak. I saved this post and next time we have steak I’ll surprise her with a nice steak dinner!

  • Isn’t in wonderful to have such good marinated steak for dinner? Also, it’s good to know about the temperature as my husband likes it to be medium well while I prefer well done. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Wow – looks mouth watering . I love steak but often it’s not as tasty without a good marinade to accompany it.
    I’ll definitely be following your instructions next time I’m cooking a big steak.

  • This looks incredible! I love my steak and the recipe that you came up with looks top-notch.

    I am definitely going to give this one a try and marinate it to my hearts perfection.

    What technique do you recommend to check the rarity of the steak? I always find that it can be hard determining how cooked it is when on the stove.

    Thanks for the great review!

    • Thanks for commenting! I use a regular food thermometer to check. Since steak tends to be thin, stick the thermometer in at an angle to get a more accurate reading.

  • I always wanted to learn how to do it properly with right ingredients. I actually always ordered since I started living alone so I will definitely give this at a shot. However, in Thailand, there are many weird Chili powders and I can’t find the popular brands. What do you recommend for me?

    • Hello! I’m not sure what brands of chili powder you have in Thailand, but here is a simple recipe to make the kind that I use.

      1 Tbsp ground cumin.
      2 tsp garlic powder.
      1 tsp cayenne pepper.
      1 tsp paprika.
      1 tsp ground oregano.

      Hope this helps!

  • I love this website! Always makes me hungry though. lol.
    Thank you for sharing the meat temperature guide. So many people get this wrong, and with steak, it is most important!

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