A good steak marinade adds a hint of flavor that compliments the natural flavors of the meat. All you have to do is allow your steaks to soak in it for at last 30 minutes before placing them on the grill. After taking the first bite, you’ll notice just how much of a difference in flavor it brings to the table. While there are several different name brand marinates that taste great, you can make your own using a few basic ingredients; here’s how you do it:
Before we start, it’s important to note that the longer you allow your steaks to soak in the marinade, the more flavor it will create. A general rule of thumb is to let them soak for at least 30 minutes before cooking them, but there’s nothing wrong with soaking them overnight. In fact, it’s usually best to place your steaks in a container filled with the marinate and let them sit in the refrigerator overnight. The following day you can then take them out to cook when you’re ready.
Spicy Dijon Marinade
One of my personal favorite types of marinate is a spicy dijon. Take a small bowl and fill it up with 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce and a tablespoon of your favorite spicy dijon mustard. You can give it an extra kick of heat by sprinkling some cayenne pepper into it as well, but this is optional. Mix it around with a wooden spoon until everything is dissolved. Allow your steaks to soak in it and toss them on the grill. As long as you followed the directions listed above, your steaks should come out with a spicy mustard flavor that most people find delightful.
Another easy marinade is one based around soy sauce. If you enjoy the salty teriyaki taste of soy sauce, then you should try this marinade the next time you plan on cooking steaks. Start by filling a small bowl up with 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup Italian dressing, salt, pepper and 3 minced garlic cloves. Be sure to chop the garlic cloves up as fine as you can so the flavors will seep into the steak. When you’re finished, thoroughly mix everything together and submerge your steaks into the mixture before cooking.
Note: You may have to double the amount of ingredients listed above if you’re cooking a lot of steaks.