Mom’s Sizzlin’ Steak Marinade

Our mom's steak marinade is the BEST! It's been in our family forever. Mix a few simple ingredients together for the marinade; this steak is so moist and flavorful.

grilled steak made with easy steak marinade recipe

Steak Marinade

Grilling recipes can sound intimidating when you need to make a marinade, and then let your meat sit in the marinade all day. You will like this recipe because this marinade is 7 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

While growing up, this was always the steak marinade we had and it is seriously one of the best steak marinades you will ever make or taste.

Our Mom’s Sizzlin Steak Marinade will have your steak literally melt in your mouth. The flavor is one of the best!

Does marinade tenderize tough cuts of steak?

Inexpensive or tough cuts of steak are often chewy. With a little extra effort, you can tenderize budget friendly cheaper cuts of meat if you are using the right kind of marinade.

You will need to use an acidic marinade. Here are some ways to tenderize tough cuts of steak.

  1. Pound with a kitchen mallet to break down tough muscle fibers in the meat.
  2. Marinades with acidic ingredients like lemon juice and vinegar break down tough proteins.
  3. Salting your meat before cooking helps with tenderizing.
  4. Cook your meat low and slow. The tough muscle fibers separate during braising and the collagen breaks down while cooking in the liquid.

do marinades make steak tender?

Marinades definitely add flavor to your meat. But they don’t always tenderize. It depends on the composition of your marinade.

There are 2 popular types of marinade. One is an acidic marinade using citrus, vinegar, or wine. The other marinade is enzymatic made with papaya or pineapple.

Marinades with acidic ingredients like buttermilk, lemon juice, and vinegar will make your steak tender.

the best way to marinate a steak

Add the marinade ingredients into a big ziploc bag or an airtight container that won’t leak.

Place steak in the marinade and let soak up the flavor while it tenderizes. Turn the steaks over partway through the marinating.

We like to marinade the steak for 8 hours and sometimes we have let it marinate overnight. If you are in a hurry, try to let it marinate for at least 4 hours.

how to make steak marinade 

  1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.  Pour it into a ziploc bag or an airtight container.
  2. Then add the steaks to the marinade. You will want them to be immersed at least halfway.
  3. Leave in the fridge for about 8 hours to soak up the flavor and to tenderize. Turn them over halfway through.
  4. Remove from container and grill over medium-high heat on your grill until done.

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Serves: 6

Mom's Sizzlin' Steak Marinade

8 hr, 5 Prep Time

15 minCook Time

8 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons dry ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 6 small steaks


  1. Mix together vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, dry mustard, and lemon juice in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container (like tupperware or rubbermaid).
  2. Add 3 pounds of steak (about 6) to the marinade (any cut of steak will work).
  3. Store in fridge to marinate for about 8 hours. Flip over the steaks halfway through marinating.
  4. Grill over medium-high heat to your liking

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