The Best Steak Marinade

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

Soooo, this recipe is based on a recipe I got from my mother-in-law. Well, actually, I remember her making it once or twice and this is me recalling what went into it. I think I added in a few extra items that I thought would add great flavor and mama mia, I was right! Super tender, salty yet slightly sweet meat that got a little smokey from the grill. This was actually the meal I made for Gordon for our belated Father’s Day dinner after he returned from his Army training. That man loves his steak. {I made this for dessert too.}

Anyways, there’s a rhyme and a reason I cut up the ribeye steak into cubes and used every.single.ingredient for this marinade. And guess what, crazy kids? I’m going to break it down for ya right now:

 

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

Coca-Cola {the real stuff!!}–this adds the sugar we need to give sweetness to this marinade and it also helps the meat caramelize on the grill. Please do not use diet soda.

Soy Sauce–salty!

Lemon Juice–the acid helps break down the meat which tenderizes it like crazy.

Canola Oil–helps the meat not stick to the grill as much; canola oil has a high smoke point.

Worcestershire Sauce–depth of flavor, yo.

Garlic–{lets pretend I didn’t forget to add that into this photo, shall we?} More flavor!! Plus I love garlic.

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

So as with most marinades, you whisk it all together, add your meat in and let it work its magic for 24 hours. That’s what I did and by golly, it was just about perfect.

I used about 3 pounds of Ribeye steaks, trimmed off the excess fat and cut it into large cubes. Then I marinated it all for 24 hours. Technically 26 hours, but who’s counting. Tri tips would also be awesome for this.

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

Once you’ve marinated your meat long enough, it’ll look brown already {courtesy of the soy sauce and soda}. I know it looks a little funny, but trust me! It’s going to be some of the best meat you’ve ever had. Skewer this meat to create your kebobs and grill away until your meat is cooked to your liking.

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

Because the marinade turned the meat brown, you’re going to want to use a thermometer to make sure its cooked how you like it instead of cutting into a piece. We liked ours medium, so that was about 2 minutes per side. Nice and quick 🙂

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

Just like any other steak, once you pull these off the grill, cover with foil and rest 5-10 minutes before serving. Then dig in and enjoy!

We were pleasantly surprised at how moist and flavorful they stayed after we grilled these! I tell ya, marinades are the way to go when it comes to sum-sum-summah time!

Grab the printable recipe below. Have a great day, friends!

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The Best Steak Marinade

If you want an easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer, this is it! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

Yield: 6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 18 oz. Coca-Cola {I used the mexican version made with cane sugar and would recommend to not use diet soda for this. Ever ever ever.}
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 lbs of meat: I used ribeye steaks that I trimmed the extra fat from and cut up into cubes; tri tips would also be great!

Directions:

  1. In a large tupperware container, whisk together all ingredients of meat marinade. Add in the meat and stir to coat all of it in marinade. Cover tightly with a lid and marinate 24 hours.
  2. To grill, soak wooden skewers in water for 1 hour, then skewer meat onto wet sticks. Grill anywhere from 1 minute to 6 minutes per side, depending how hot your grill is and how you like your meat cooked. Remove from the grill to a clean plate, cover with foil and rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

An easy and simple homemade meat marinade for summer! Made with soy sauce, garlic, oil, lemon juice and Coca-Cola, this will make you love steak even more than you already do!

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  1. You have a beautiful baby boy with gorgeous blue eyes!

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    • Thank you so much! I love that all my babies have blue eyes!

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  2. These look so yummy!!! Do you have any suggestions on how they could be done in the oven? I don’t have a grill 🙁

    Thanks!!

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  3. Sounds dellish but too salty. Do you have any suggestion to substitute for 1 cup of soy sauce? Even lower sodium soy sauce is rather high, considering that one cup is being used?

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  4. Yum yum! My boyfriend and I love grilling steak in the summer time – we will definitely be trying this marinade ASAP! It sounds AWESOME!

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  5. Lauren, I understand and accept, although I regret your decision to grow your business, and accept corporate money in exchange for promotions and ads.
    Do you have to let them include ads in the printed version of recipes? They are totally unnecessary. They are always in color, and require so much more, and unnecessary, ink wastage.

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  6. This comment is for Trudie and everyone else annoyed by the ads: When you print one of Lauren’s recipes, choose PDF and save to your desktop, then add to searchable recipe files you create on your computer. When you need the recipe, open the file, copy and paste the recipe (without the ads) onto a new page and print that out. I understand the ads too, why they are necessary, but hate how they make the page jump around. I guess if you look at them while reading the page, they have served their purpose.

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  7. Looks YUMMY Lauren!! Can’t wait to try this one!!

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  8. My kids and husband dubbed this “the best steak” they have EVER had!!!! They told me to hold on to this recipe—thank you, Lauren!!! love your blog and recipes!!! 🙂

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    • This just made my day!!! Thanks so much for the comment!! <3

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  9. I usually don’t grill skewers because they always turn out tough. I’m going to use my meat thermometer and see if that helps. Great recipe!!

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  10. On this cold winter’s day, I am day dreaming about trying this marinade at the lake waching my toddler splashing and swimming with daddy!

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  11. Day Dreaming about trying this marinadequate in the hot summer weat her on this could December day!

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  12. Another great looking recipe! I have pinned so many of your recipes to try.

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  13. I would add 1 tbsp. of sesame oil and a little black pepper. Just try it.

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