Elevate your steak game with this quick and easy 3-ingredient steak marinade featuring Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and soy sauce. Perfect for tenderizing and flavoring your favorite cuts!
If you’ve been looking for a simple yet flavorful way to elevate your steak game, take a look at this homemade steak marinade recipe!
Using just 3 ingredients — Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and soy sauce, you can transform a basic steak into a tender and tasty cut of meat.
But why stop at just using this marinade for steaks?
This 3-ingredient steak marinade is the perfect solution for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. So, say goodbye to bland and boring steaks — this is the best steak marinade to make your grill nights unforgettable.
How to Make 3 Ingredient Steak Marinade with Worcestershire Sauce
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Combine all three ingredients in a small bowl, whisking them together until well blended.
STEP TWO: Pour the marinade over your chosen steak and let it soak for at least 2 hours. Make sure to turn the meat occasionally to ensure it’s evenly coated.
STEP THREE: When ready, cook the steak as desired to your preferred level of doneness. Enjoy!
Tips for Making 3-Ingredient Steak Marinade
- Use a ziplock bag for easy cleanup. Simply add your steak, pour the marinade on top, then seal shut. After removing the steak to cook, you can seal it back up and toss it in the trash — no mess and one less thing to wash!
- Double the recipe as needed. As written, this makes enough marinade for 1 pound of meat. Increase the measurements accordingly to ensure you have plenty to cover your steak.
- Always use a whisk. Because we’re working with vinegar and oil bases in the ingredients, it’s important to emulsify the mixture thoroughly. A spoon won’t cut it, so be sure to whisk really well until everything is well combined.
What to Serve With Marinated Steak
Once you’ve gotten your juicy, marinated steak off the grill or out of the oven, serve it up with a side of mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, roasted acorn squash, and top it with some easy mushroom gravy.
For a complete meal, make this cheesy broccoli casserole!
Variations for this Quick Steak Marinade
- Give it a spicy Cajun flair with a mix of Cajun seasoning and a squeeze of lime.
- Swap the Worcestershire sauce for balsamic vinegar for an extra tangy twist.
- You can step up this basic marinade by transforming it into a teriyaki-style marinade. To do this, simply add brown sugar, ginger, and garlic.
- Incorporate fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or basil to elevate the marinade’s aroma.
- Sweeten the 3 ingredient steak marinade with Worcestershire sauce by adding a bit of honey. The sweet, floral undertones taste delicious with the Dijon mustard.
- Add the zest of one lemon or orange to the marinade for a zesty, citrusy twist.
How Can I Make My Steak More Tender When It Marinantes?
Be sure to have the correct amount of acid in the marinade — in this case, the Worcestershire sauce.
The flavor is too potent for a 1:1 ratio with the soy sauce, but a 1:2 ratio (so half the amount of Worcestershire to soy sauce) is the perfect flavor balance while being an effective tenderizer.
If you’re working with a dryer steak or don’t have the ingredients for this recipe on hand, try using Italian dressing instead. It’s a fantastic steak marinade, offering a flavorful shortcut to achieve incredibly juicy and tasteful steaks.
What Are The 3 Basic Components of Marinating?
A standard marinade consists of three key ingredients: an acidic component (like vinegar, wine, or citrus), an oil (such as olive or sesame oil), and a flavor enhancer (such as herbs and spices).
In this recipe, the soy sauce is sweet, salty, and rich in umami. Worcestershire sauce has a vinegar base — making it our acidic component — with anchovies, molasses, and seasonings for sweet, savory, and tangy notes.
Dijon mustard contains plenty of fat, making it a suitable replacement for the oil — and it adds flavor, too!
Should I Discard the Marinade After Use, or Can I Use it As a Sauce?
You can safely repurpose the steak marinade as a sauce by bringing it to a boil and then simmering it for at least a few minutes or until reduced. This process eliminates any potential bacteria from the raw meat and enhances the flavor.
Drizzle the marinade over your cooked steak, or use it as a dipping sauce!
More Marinade Recipes To Try
- London Broil Marinade
- Air Fryer Chicken Thighs with Honey Soy Marinade
- Air Fryer Tri Tip
- Short Ribs in the Air Fryer
- Air Fryer Shrimp
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- In a small bowl, combine all the soy sauce, Worcestershire, and dijon mustard.
- Whisk until they are fully incorporated.
- Pour over your steak of choice and marinade for 2 or more hours.
- Turn the meat occasionally so all sides are evenly coated with the marinade.
- Cook steak as desired.
- Makes ⅓ cup of marinade, which is good for 1 pound or less of meat. For additional meat, double the recipe as needed.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3284mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.