Best New York Strip Steak Marinade

Updated on June 30, 2018
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New York Strip Steak Marinade

New York Strip steak is delicious on the grill and the perfect marinade can make it amazing. This is one of those marinade recipes you will keep forever and use again and again.

The recipe below is from a book that came with a newly purchased grill about 15 years ago. The book was called Barbeque Genius and inside this book was a recipe for a steak marinade created by Ted Witzel.

The marinade was developed specifically for the New York Steak. It is an excellent marinade that is easy to put together with simple ingredients that are often staples in the kitchen. It adds just the right flavor to a succulent grilled strip steak.

What is the Best Steak Cut?

When buying a steak cheaper is never better and the more expensive cuts are the most appetizing and tender. The tenderness of your grilled steak depends on the cut of meat more than anything else. It is best to spend a little extra money to get a good cut of beef that will turn out juicy and tender on the grill. Here are the top five cuts:

  1. Porterhouse steak - this is the top of the line cut of steak with a price tag to match! It is cut from the short loin and has the familiar T-bone shape with meat on both sides.
  2. T-Bone - this is a smaller version of the Porterhouse; still a t-bone shape and cut from the short loin.
  3. New York Strip - this is a very popular cut that is not as expensive but still tender. It is also cut from the short loin. It can be substituted for recipes that call for the Porterhouse or T-bone.
  4. Filet Mignon - a smaller cut of beef taken from the tenderloin.
  5. Rib steak or Rib Eye - just as the name implies this cut of beef is from the rib area.

So, as you can see for this list, the New York strip is in the middle of the more expensive cuts of beef and probably the best value for your money.

Marinades for Steaks: Why use them?

Flavor! The main reason to marinate your steaks before grilling is to enhance the flavor of the meat.

Contrary to popular belief, soaking your meat in acidic liquids does not tenderize the meat to any great degree. This is why it is best to purchase a good cut that is known to be tender and will not require any preparation to ensure tenderness. Instead of tenderizing; the acid ingredient in typical marinades tends to dry out the meat and should be balanced out by another liquid.

Additionally, marinades can only be absorbed by the meat to a certain extent and often do not penetrate through the entire cut.

If you are looking for liquids to help with tenderizing your meat think dairy! Milk, buttermilk and yogurt have historically been used to tenderize game.

If you are not looking to enhance the flavor of your meat and prefer it just the way it is then a marinade is not required.

Oil and salt basic ingredients for a steak marinade
Oil and salt basic ingredients for a steak marinade | Source

Safety When Marinating Meats

You must always use caution when working with raw meats. Clean up with hot soapy water any areas where the meat has made contact and ensure it is scrubbed well. It is also wise to wash your hands frequently when handling raw meats.

When using a marinade follow these safe food handling guidelines:

  • Use a glass bowl; not plastic or metal. The acid ingredient can interact with metal and any bacteria from the raw meat can be absorbed by the plastic.
  • It is safer to marinate your meats in the refrigerator. If you are leaving it on the counter the maximum time to be out at room temperature is one hour.
  • Do not keep the marinade to reuse after the raw meat has been immersed in it. It is best to keep some aside when it is freshly made if you want to use it as a sauce or bring it to a full boil for a full five minutes.

Remember, food poisoning is a serious illness that can be deadly for some. Take the time to prepare your raw meats properly and clean up as you go along.

Wash your hands!
Wash your hands! | Source

Homemade Marinade for Steak

The best marinades for red meat are a combination an acid ingredient, an oil and another balancing liquid. If the ingredients only contain an acid and an oil; it may be too drying.

Typical acidic ingredients include:

  • wines
  • vinegars (i.e. balsamic or malt)
  • citrus juices (i.e. lemon or orange)

Now for the oil - You can use any type of oil. An expensive olive oil is not going to make much difference to the quality of your marinade so any vegetable oil will do.

Additional balancing liquids include liquids such as soy sauce, beer, and/or Worcestershire.

More often than not you can find a combination of these ingredients in the pantry. It's easy to make up a quick marinade if you are pressed for time however you will need the time for the meat to soak in it unless you use an injector.

Preparing Your Steak

Don't forget the garlic!
Don't forget the garlic! | Source

The Best Recipe for Steak Marinade - Delicious!

  • 1 clove garlic (minced or pressed)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil

Method for Marinating Steaks

  1. Trim excess fat from the steak or slash with a knife to prevent curling.
  2. Rinse the steaks and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Combine the above marinade ingredients in a glass dish.
  4. Marinate the steaks in a glass dish for one hour or overnight in the refrigerator.
  5. If the steaks have been marinated in the fridge overnight be sure to bring them to room temperature before grilling.

Grilling the Perfect Steak

  1. On to the Grill!
  2. Preheat Barbeque on HIGH and brush the grills with Olive oil
  3. Place the steaks on one half of the Grill and turn that side down to MEDIUM
  4. Close the lid and grill for 2.5 minutes
  5. Open lid and rotate 1/4 turn to create a criss cross pattern on the steak
  6. Close the lid and grill for 2.5 minutes once again
  7. Then turn the steaks over onto the other side of the grill, turning it down to MEDIUM
  8. Close the lid and grill for 2.5 minutes
  9. Open lid and rotate 1/4 turn once again to create criss cross
  10. Close the lid and grill for another 2.5 minutes

Steak Marinate: Demonstration

3 stars from 161 ratings of New York Strip Steaks on the Grill Recipe

Vegetables To Complement your New York Strip Steak

For a hearty meal, just add potatoes to the grill!

  1. Wrap potatoes in foil
  2. Place on the grill
  3. Close lid and bake 30 minutes.
  4. Add some sour cream or butter when served.

A nice green vegetable to add is asparagus. You can grill asparagus too!

  1. Snap the tough ends off
  2. Drizzle with olive oil
  3. Shake some sea salt over them.
  4. Put on the grill and cover for about 3 - 4 minutes.
  5. Turn over and grill the other side another 3 or 4 minutes.

Asparagus and potatoes are great sides for a steak
Asparagus and potatoes are great sides for a steak | Source

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        michelle uttke 

        2 months ago

        so, so, so yummy. The little bit of sweetness is what made it!

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        Sharon Bellissimo 

        23 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        How did the steaks turn out?

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        Sharon Bellissimo 

        23 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        No, I don't rinse it off. I remove the steaks from the bowl giving them a little shake to allow excess to drip off. Then I put the steaks on a clean plate to bring to room temperature before grilling. Discard any remaining marinade left in the original bowl.

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        Denise Green 

        23 months ago from Dallas, Texas

        After marinating overnight, do you remove steak from bowl and rinse off before cooking?

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        23 months ago

        I just found this. The steak is marinating in it over night. The marinade itself tastes amazing. I'm going to sous vide the strip steak tomorrow! Can't wait.

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        3 years ago

        OMG, this was the best steak I've EVER had! Thanks so much for the recipe. It is definitely a keeper!

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        4 years ago

        Please stop!! My mouth is watering!

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        4 years ago

        I wish if I could do this or my mom! For us, rice always remains as a regular food :)

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        5 years ago

        I definitely will be trying the steak marinade. Great lens and thanks for sharing the recipe with us

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        5 years ago

        With this lens it gives my stomach hungry. Thanks you so much I really like your lens.

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        5 years ago

        I couldn't refuse the urge to make it after I visited this page.

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        5 years ago

        You have enlightened me on Steak Marinade! Thank you for sharing!

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        Sharon Berry 

        5 years ago from Michigan

        I am definitely trying this marinade, we are having steaks on the grill today.

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        5 years ago

        Youâve done a nice job here, this looks so delicious. Good work.

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        5 years ago

        Your lens made my mouth water. I love steak.

      • Jogalog profile image


        5 years ago

        The marinade sounds amazing. I love marinating all types of meat for the barbecue.

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        5 years ago

        This sounds really good.

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 

        6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        We cook on the grill just about every night and this New York Strip Steak Marinade for the Grill sounds perfect. We will be trying this one. I will share with my husband who is the main cook.

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        Pete Schultz 

        6 years ago

        This is a new marinade to me, I will give it a try! Thanks.

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        6 years ago

        Yep, love a good steak.

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        Tony Payne 

        6 years ago from Southampton, UK

        This definitely sounds good, might give it a try, sure.

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        6 years ago

        I certainly will - though now my breakfast oatmeal is looking so much less appealing...

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        6 years ago

        This marinade sounds great! I will definitely give it a try.

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        Sher Ritchie 

        6 years ago

        It sounds great - I'd like to try it. Thanks for sharing!


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