Start with an acid to add a bit of bite to the marinade. Then add an oil to balance the taste, carry the flavor, and contribute a subtle nuttiness. Flavor will be provided by the herbs and spices used.
What you'll need
- One part acid.Use lemon juice, white-wine vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.
- One part oil. Try olive, canola or grapeseed oil.
- Some flavor. Onions, shallots, ginger, garlic and herbs add tang. Use crushed red peppers for a spicier edge.
Once you've decided on your choices, whisk ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Men's Health Magazine (July/August 2011) recommends seasoning the steak with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to "transfer seasoning to the meat." Then soak your steak for 2 to 12 hours. Remember, longer is better!