An Easy to Make Steak Marinade

Marinades are prepared to make your steak taste better. They not only add their own flavor to the meat, but the right combination of seasonings will make the steak taste beefier. Steak marinades aren't meant to cover up the flavor of the steak, they're meant to enhance it, and you don't have to be a professional chef to cook a great steak. By learning the basics, you can create an easy to make steak marinade that is sure to wow your guests.

There are a variety of different flavors to choose from. You can create a Caribbean meal using a delicious jerk marinade for chicken. Spice up your Mexican dishes with a fajita marinade for steak or chicken. You can kick dinner up a notch with a carne asada marinade that is sure to add spice and heat to any meal.

Preparing Wet and Dry Marinades
Many people are under the misconception that marinades are always wet. In fact, dry marinades are superior in some areas to their wet marinade counterparts. Dry marinades are fat-free because they don't contain any oil. That's not to say that wet marinades don't have their place. Wet marinades are perfect for tougher cuts of meat that need to break down during the marinating process.

Wet marinades usually consist of an acid, spices, oils, condiments and herbs. You can combine the ingredients right before you plan to use them. This is an advantage when compared to dry marinades, which must have time for the flavors to combine. The most important thing to remember when preparing wet marinades is to combine the ingredients thoroughly.

When preparing dry marinades, it's best to give the spices enough time to blend. Dry marinades are a combination of dried herbs and spices. In order to get the most flavors from these ingredients, it's best to freshly grind the spices and crush the dried herbs. This ensures that the ingredients are fresh enough to fully flavor your steaks.

How to Use Steak Marinades
When working with wet marinades, it is important to make sure the steaks are fully covered. You also want to make sure that the container won't leak in the refrigerator. For the best results, use a large zip-top bag in combination with a large plastic container.

Place the steaks in the zip-top bag, along with the marinade. Massage the steaks so that they are fully covered in the liquid. Place the zip-top bag in a plastic container and place it in the bottom of the refrigerator. Every hour, depending on the time needed for marinating, massage the steaks to make sure the marinade hasn't settled.

Dry marinades are easier and quicker to work with. Sprinkle the dry marinade onto your steaks and pat them to make sure the ingredients stick. Season both sides of the meat before wrapping it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the meat for at least one hour, making sure to place the steaks in a plastic container to prevent cross contamination.

Steak Marinade Varieties
There are many different types of steak marinades. Best of all, marinades are something you can play around with. You can try a recipe and then decide if you want to add more of an ingredient or add something new.

Many companies prepare their own wet and dry marinades. All you have to do is open the package and follow the directions. For purists though, nothing beats homemade marinades. Try combining your favorite spices and liquids to create marinades that suit your taste buds.

Simple Steak Marinade
If you don't have time to make marinades from scratch, place your steaks in a zip-top bag along with your favorite Italian dressing one to two hours before grilling. You can even use a low-fat or fat-free version. The dressing is packed with spices and herbs that work wonders on steak and chicken. Just make sure that the steaks are fully covered and that you massage the meat at least twice.

Whether you choose wet or dry marinades, just remember a few tips to create an easy and delicious enhancement to your meat.

  • Prepare dry marinades ahead of time so the flavors can blend.
  • Apply the marinades early enough so that they have time to fully flavor the meat.
  • Keep everything sanitary.
  • Try different recipes or make your own. If you want to keep marinades fat-free, keep it dry.
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