Salty Steak Marinade. It’s So Yummy.


Let’s talk about steak. But, first, get out your tissues. I have a sad story to share with you all.

Once upon a time there was a girl and she loved steak. She was a pretty good cook, but her steak was never anything great. It was just boring old steak. She was in a steak rut, if you will. A little olive oil, some salt and pepper, and if she was feeling adventurous, maybe some seasoned salt or garlic powder. The girl’s steak was decent, but steak isn’t supposed to decent. It’s supposed to be delicious.

See. It’s a sad story. But, wait! Here comes the happy part.

One day the girl was crying and carrying on about her lack of steak cooking capabilities when the girl’s mother said “Lo, I will fix your substandard steaks but good.” And the girl said “Mom? I’m not sure that sentence made sense.” And the mother said, “Listen to me, for I know of what I speak.”

The end.

Actually, that was just THE BEGINNING. The beginning of great steak.

I’m going to stop telling stories and just tell you how to make some super flavorful steak now, okay? And, hey, I heard your big sigh of relief. That was rude.

The first thing we are going to do is plan ahead. I’m not usually good at planning ahead, but it’s worth it in this case. We’re going to marinate the steaks for at least 2 hours, preferably more, so get this started well before dinner time.

The marinade consists of salt, pepper, garlic salt, water, oil and vinegar. I got a little crazy this time and threw in some of Daregal’s Grilling Herbs and woo boy, it really kicked this marinade up. Don’t worry if you don’t have Grilling Herbs, you can just use dried or fresh rosemary, thyme and parsley. (I do recommend Daragel’s Fresh Frozen Herbs, though!)


In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt, 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/4 cup warm water (warm, because it helps dissolve the salt), 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil, and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

Whisk it together. Lick the fork if you want. I won’t judge.


Normally I don’t add any seasonings other than the salt, pepper and garlic salt, and the steaks turn out delicious. The flavor really goes all through the meat.

This time I decided to get a little crazy. I added about one tablespoon of Daregal’s Grilling Herbs. If you don’t have this, you can leave it out altogether or you can substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme and 1 teaspoon dried parsley.


Now add your steaks (any kind, 1 to 2 pounds)  to a big ziploc bag and dump the marinade in. Pop it all in the fridge for at least 2 hours. If you think about it, turn the bag over a couple times so that every part of the steak gets a chance to soak in the flavors.

When you’re ready, cook your steaks as you normally would.



Salty Flavorful Steak

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Daragel Grilling Herbs (or 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, and 1 tsp. dried parsley)

In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Pour over steak and allow to marinate for 2 or more hours.

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52 Responses to “Salty Steak Marinade. It’s So Yummy.”

  1. Jill May 6, 2009 @ 9:50 am (#

    NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM…. although I’m not a big ribeye fan. I like my steak sans fatty pockets, thankyouvermuch. But give me a nice piece of medium rare filet mignon and I’m yours!


  2. Sophie May 7, 2009 @ 2:38 am (#

    Hey Karly, those steaks looks so delicious!
    What a great recipe!! MMMMMMM…….with some fries on the side and a good salad with home made dressing!!


  3. Kevin Flynn July 23, 2009 @ 7:16 pm (#

    You should try Mc Cormicks Montreal Steak seasoning with your ingrdients…talk about kikin it up…but just right


  4. Liz April 20, 2010 @ 2:24 pm (#

    I made this last night..amazing! I added a little more vinegar just because I’m a huge fan of it..but it turned out delicious. Everyone raved. I love your blog!!


  5. Isabelle Gonzales May 11, 2010 @ 11:15 am (#

    Beef steak has always been my all time favorite dish and i am always looking for some new recipes that has steak as the main ingredient.~~~


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  8. Erin Turner July 21, 2010 @ 9:30 pm (#

    we have a backyard garden that has lots of Herbs for our own consumption.-*.


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    Olive oil is very tasty and it has very low saturated fats.’*’


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    we have a small garden at home that has herbs and vegetables,;`


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    the taste of olive oil is very very good, it is one of the best tasting cooking oils out there;”;


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  20. Deborah November 1, 2011 @ 11:02 pm (#

    Trying this out…just put it all together. It’s in the fridge now and will be over night. Tomorrow’s dinner – yumminess! I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out.

    Thank You!


  21. kate February 29, 2012 @ 2:15 pm (#

    I am by no means a cook- my dinner usually taste bland, but edible, lol. I really love this marinade recipe! I have skme eye of round steak soakjng it up as I type! It definitely tastes delicious and I can’t wait to cook it!


  22. dainty39gm May 21, 2012 @ 10:28 am (#

    hi just found this recipe was wondering if i could prick holes in steak so that the marinade ~really gets in there~? recipe sounds delish and i can’t wait to try it thanx for your recipe and response


    • Karly replied: — May 21st, 2012 @ 12:05 pm


      Hi there! I’ve never tried poking holes in a steak before and am not sure how well that would turn out. Would the juices run out? Not sure.

      Anyway, my favorite thing about this marinade is that it really does seem to flavor the meat really well. No holes needed. :)


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    I tried this recipe with chicken and it was great! I did use fresh rosemary because I have a rosemary plant in my kitchen but otherwise followed the recipe. Thanks for sharing.


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    I think I used too much salt.. When I tasted it, it was salty.. Later I found out I was tricked and used sea salt instead of regular table salt but I only used 1 tablespoon.. Should I rinse them off before cooking? Or should I be fine? We pull jokes in my house but I hate to waste a 30$ steak!


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