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The BEST Steak Marinade

I don’t marinade that often, but every time I do, I always think to myself, “Why don’t I do this more often?!”

Marinades are magically liquids that infuse a TON of flavor into whatever you’re trying to cook. The flavors are able to soak throughout the meat so no bite is left unflavored! Typically, one marinade can be used on a bunch of different types of meat, so it’s really easy to come up with flavors you like and apply them to a bunch of different recipes! This has to be my go-to marinade!

I know you might see the brown sugar and feel a little concerned. Sweet steak? Feels like an oxymoron. But here’s the thing, you don’t really taste pure sweetness, the brown sugar just helps enhance the other flavors. Think about how you put salt into a sweet item; it doesn’t change the dessert to a savory dish, it just makes the sweet items sweeter. The brown sugar does a double roll in fact. The sugar helps enhance the salty ingredients like soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce. It also helps the edges of the meat caramelize into these delicious crispy bits!

I used steak for my marinade today because that’s what I was really in the mood for, but this marinade could be used for a bunch of different things. You could use it on other cuts of beef or chicken if you’d like! This marinade is a little too heavy for fish, so I would stick to beef or chicken with this!

I can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this steak was! We cooked the steak by searing it on a pan, and then finishing the cooking process in the stove. This allows for the outside of the steak to form a delicious crust and the inside to be cooked to perfection! I think the hardest part about this recipe is waiting about ten minutes or so for the steak to rest! Seriously I don’t know how I managed to wait while the delicious smells of steak were wafting through the house! But, all that hard work pays off to a deliciously well-rested, perfectly cooked, flavorful piece of meat just waiting to be devoured!


2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1/4 cup of olive oil

2 tablespoons of Worcestershire

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

2-3 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pepper

About 1-2 pounds of your meat choice, I used steak!

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine. Place steak, or other meat, in a zip-top bag and pour the marinade over. Close the top of the bag, making sure to squeeze the air from the bag. Massage the marinade gently into the meat and then place the bag into a bowl and then into the fridge. I like to marinate the meat overnight, but if you’re in a hurry, an hour works well too!

Once your meat is done marinating, remove from the bag and cook to your preference!

I love how flavorful this marinade is! I love the sweet notes from the brown sugar, paired with the salty kick from the soy sauce! Plus the garlic adds a ton of extra flavor! This marinade is full to the brim with sweet deliciousness!

-Holly Michelle

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