Steak Marinade

Sometimes the difference between a good and a great steak is determined by whether the meat was marinated ahead of time!


Marinating enhances the moisture content, and the lemon juice and soy sauce in the following recipe also help tenderize the meat so that even a less tender piece of meat can be excellent if prepared properly.

This simple marinade recipe is so versatile. It's my all-time favourite with steak, but it is also great with roasts or beef sliced thin for stir fries!


  • steaks for marinating
  • 5 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce (I use Bragg's)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • Place steaks in a container sized so that they can all lay flat when placed tightly together, but also fill the whole container (or else you'll need more marinade).
  • In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic powder and mustard.
  • Add the oil once the other ingredients are well mixed.
  • Pour the marinade over the meat. Make sure the marinade covers the bottom and part-way up the steaks. If not, you'll need to mix up more marinade.
  • Cover and place in the fridge for 4 - 24 hours, turning the steaks in the marinade at least once.

Steps to BBQ the Steak:

  • Grass-finished beef has high protein and low fat levels, and the beef will usually require less cooking time than conventionally-raised beef. It also will be more tender if you cook it only to medium rare or medium.
  • Preheat the BBQ to about 450F
  • Place the steaks on the grill (using tongs) and sprinkle with your favourite steak spice (such as Montreal Steak Spice).
  • Use the chart below to get an idea how long to leave the steaks on the first side; flip the steaks.
  • Season the 2nd side of the steaks as desired, and leave them the set time as per the chart below.
  • At the end of the cooking time, remove the steaks and place them on a clean platter. Cover with foil to keep them warm if you're not eating right away.

Doneness Timing for Steaks

For 1 inch thick steaks:

Med-Rare 5-6 minutes/side

Medium 6-7 minutes/side

Well-Done 7-9 minutes/side