Juicy and Flavorful Gluten-Free Steak Marinade

For all the steak lovers out there, we have a treat for you – a gluten-free steak marinade that will take your taste buds on a journey of deliciousness! This marinade is not only quick and easy to make but also uses simple pantry ingredients, making it the perfect choice for a restaurant-quality steak right in the comfort of your own home.

Hand whisking gluten-free steak marinade

Why You’ll Be Obsessed with This Recipe

There’s so much to love about this 5-minute steak marinade recipe! While it shares similarities with the World’s Best Steak Marinade, this version is gluten-free. The best part? It’s a basic marinade packed with incredible flavors that will leave your steak juicy and tasty, eliminating the need for any steak sauce.

You won’t find any added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, tomato products, or hidden gluten in this recipe. It’s naturally dairy-free and can be made without soy by using a simple ingredient swap. So whether you’re grilling outdoors or cooking indoors in a cast iron pan or under the broiler, this marinade is perfect for elevating any cut of steak, including ribeyes or New York strip. It works wonders on tougher cuts like flank, skirt, hanger, or flat iron too.

The Marinade Ingredients

Ingredients for marinade and steak

  • Tamari Sauce: Similar to soy sauce but without the wheat, tamari is made from fermented soy beans and provides the same rich umami flavor. You can also use liquid aminos or coconut aminos as a soy-free option.

  • Worcestershire Sauce: This beloved sauce adds a lot of flavor to the marinade and pairs perfectly with beef. Just make sure to double-check the labels for gluten-free options like Lea & Perrins.

  • Neutral Oil: Any oil you have on hand, such as olive oil, avocado oil, or canola oil, will work wonders in this marinade.

  • Lemon Juice: A good marinade needs some acidity to tenderize the meat, and fresh squeezed lemon juice is just what you need.

  • Garlic: Fresh garlic brings delicious flavor to the marinade, but you can use garlic powder if needed.

  • Fresh Herbs: This is optional but highly recommended. Adding a handful of fresh herbs like Italian parsley, rosemary, thyme, or basil takes the marinade to a whole new level of flavor.

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Making the Marinade

Creating this marinade is a breeze, and the 5 minutes you spend will be worth it for the phenomenal flavor it imparts.

  1. Whisk together the tamari sauce, Worcestershire sauce, neutral oil, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs in a bowl.

  2. Pour the marinade over your steaks in a dish or place them in a zip-top bag along with the marinade. Make sure the steaks are coated on all sides.

  3. Let the steaks marinate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat.

Pouring marinade over steaks
Steaks marinated with fresh parsley

Cooking the Perfect Steak

Once your steaks have marinated to perfection, it’s time to cook them. Whether you prefer grilling, using a cast-iron skillet, or broiling, the key lies in cooking the steak to the right temperature. Don’t rely solely on cooking time; use a meat thermometer to ensure the perfect doneness.

Tips for Cooking Steak Like a Pro

Cooking a great steak is easier than you think, especially when you follow these tips:

  1. Bring the steaks to room temperature before cooking to ensure even cooking.

  2. Season the steaks well, allowing the flavors to infuse for at least an hour.

  3. Get your pan or grill hot enough to achieve a crispy and caramelized exterior while keeping the interior tender and juicy.

  4. Use a meat thermometer to ensure your steak reaches the desired level of doneness. Overcooking will result in dry, tough meat.

  5. Let the steaks rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking before cutting into them to allow the juices to redistribute.

  6. When slicing the steak, pay attention to the grain and slice against it to ensure a more tender and enjoyable texture.

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Steaks with parsley and lemon halves

Perfect Steak Accompaniments

Now that you have the perfect steak, it’s time to complete the meal! For a simple yet satisfying combination, serve the steak with a baked potato and a vegetable like frozen peas or Instant Pot corn on the cob. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, here are some other great options:

  • Gluten-Free Hashbrown Casserole: Perfect for a summer grill out and feeds a crowd!

  • Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes: Easy and delicious, especially when infused with garlic. Serve with a gluten-free gravy for a steakhouse experience.

  • Gluten-Free Au Gratin Potatoes: Cheesy, creamy, and oh-so-classy!

  • Creamy Mashed Cauliflower: A fantastic low-carb alternative.

  • Gluten-Free Cornbread Muffins or Gluten-Free Yeast Dinner Rolls: The perfect complement to round out your meal.

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Remember, the key to a mouthwatering steak lies in the marinade. With this easy and gluten-free recipe in your arsenal, you’ll have a restaurant-quality steak experience right in your own kitchen. So fire up the grill or heat up the pan, and get ready to savor every succulent bite. Bon appétit!

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