grilled steak with steakhouse marinade

Steakhouse Marinade – Perfect for Beef, Pork, or Chicken

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  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 Cup 1x


I’m all for bottled marinades for ease but, when it comes to taste, nothing beats this classic steakhouse marinade.  I found this recipe on a hand written note in my Grandma’s recipe box and I’ve been using it as often as possible ever since.  It’s super easy, you just mix it right inside the ziplock bag.



  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
  • Either 2 cloves garlic minced or 1/2 tsp garlic powder


Literally, just dump all of the ingredients into a zip lock bag and slosh it around a bit to mix well.  Add your choice of meat and let it marinade as long as you see fit.


This marinade is perfect with beef, chicken, or pork.  I like to save about 1/4 cup for basting the meat while I grill.