Marinades are wonderful things. They have the ability to transform lower-quality cuts of meat into tasty bites full of flavor. If you don’t want to fork over the cash needed to buy the more expensive cuts of steak, like filet mignon and rib-eye, go instead for more economical choices like skirt steak and sirloin. With the help of a good marinade and careful cooking, you will soon be plating up a delicious dish that will taste like a million dollars.
A marinade can be treated like a salad dressing, whipped up in a flash by mixing your favorite pantry staples into a delicious flavor-boosting combination. If you aren’t sure where to begin, never fear! We have 19 great recipes that can act as brilliant starting points for you marinating needs.
From Asian marinades full of sesame oil to Mexican preparations that make great use of dried chiles, you can travel the globe depending on what spices you choose to use. So if you are in a cooking rut, don’t worry — look through these marvelous marinades and inject some serious flavor into your next steak dinner!
This basic Asian marinade is great for steak but would also be delicious on different cuts of beef as well as fish or chicken.
Who doesn’t love cooking with beer? Lime juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and ginger are among the aromatic flavors used in this marinade, which will add maximum flavor to any steak.
The Tabasco used in this marinade adds a nice kick to a lovely cut of steak.
This marinade is healthy without lacking in flavor and can be used on your favorite protein.
A sweet and spicy coffee rub complements steaks wonderfully. Cook these over a hot grill for a wonderful punch of flavor.
Serve this delicious steak (sliced thin) with warm tortillas, salsa, lime juice, avocado, red onion, queso fresco, or any other toppings you desire!
This marinade is wonderful with short ribs, but can easily be used on your favorite cut of steak. If you are only using the marinade, simply omit the braising stage of the recipe.
Teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, sriracha, and rice vinegar come together in this tasty Asian marinade that is perfect for any chicken, pork, or steak dish you wish to make.
This marinade uses toasted, dried chiles, distilled vinegar, and many more intense and delicious flavors to make your steak mouthwateringly full of flavor.
Grilled mango perfectly complements the pineapple ginger marinade in this sweet and savory dish.
This steak is rubbed with cumin, garlic and lime, grilled and served with a flavor-packed chimichurri sauce. Divine!
This marinade represents all of the basic flavors of Asian cuisine and is a great way to add flavor to any type of meat.
Use this marinade to transform lower-cost cuts like skirt steak into something luxurious that will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Sesame oil, demerara sugar, and soy sauce are the main ingredients in this marinade. It comes together quickly with simple ingredients but delivers a flavor that is far from boring.
This prime rib is marinated in a sweet red wine mixture that helps break down the muscles in the meat to make it extra tender.
Sometimes a beautiful steak needs nothing more than salt and pepper to bring out the best flavor. This recipe will tell you how to cook a gorgeous rib-eye to perfection.
Marinate the steak in advance and then, when you’re ready to eat, simply cook one thing and assemble the rest for a delicious light but satisfying meal.
To make you own sizzling fajitas, just marinate your steak in garlic, cumin, dried oregano, salt, and lime juice for at least an hour — a relatively fast marinade if you don’t have time to let it sit overnight.
A brine is enough like a marinade to be included in this roundup. Like marinades, brines can impart some great flavor from ingredients like sugar and salt. As well as flavor, brines also ensure the meat doesn’t dry out while it is being cooked, which is a great tip to remember if you want to know how to cook the perfect steak.
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