Drunken Steak aka The Best Steak Marinade

Meet Drunken Steak aka The Best Steak Marinade: your new favorite steak marinade for a hot summer night! A little boozy. Totally savory. Crazy delicious!

Meet Drunken Steak aka The Best Steak Marinade: your new favorite steak marinade for a hot summer night! Made with red wine, fresh herbs olive oil and dijon mustard It's seriously easy to make and tastes fantastic!

Drunken Steak aka The Best Steak Marinade

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I’ve been thinking about this steak marinade for a long time, kicking it around in my brain. Does anyone else do that? Where you get an idea in your head about food and your brain keeps going back to it until you finally make it?

We were in Vegas in May visiting my inlaws and on our first night we were heading over to a family’s friends house to have dinner and visit. My how she was mother inlaw let me know that we would be bringing over some flank steak for dinner.

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When I asked her what she was planning to do for a flank steak marinade she said she was going to marinate it in red wine. This was pretty much the perfect coincidence because that’s the exact simple steak marinade idea that I hadn’t been able to get out of my head. Clearly it was a sign that I had to start testing this recipe!

So I watched her closely in what she did, because moms and mother inlays are generally among the best people to learn different cooking methods before, especially mine! And then I went home and duplicated it to test it again. I was not sad to eat this flank steak over and over again, because it is super delicious and perfect for an intimate summer dinner party with close friends and family!

flank steak marinade

Tips for making this easy steak marinade with wine

  • Use good wine. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t drink it, you probably shouldn’t be cooking with it. Plus, you’ll need to do something with that leftover wine (or use this recipe to use up leftover wine!) 😉
  • If fresh thyme isn’t your cup of tea, use a different fresh herb that you love. I bet rosemary would be fantastic in this!
  • If flank steak isn’t available, this would also be delicious with skirt steak, tri-tip or even a top round.
  • Throw a little more salt and pepper on before grilling.
  • Rest the steak for 20 minutes before cooking to bring it a little closer to room temperature.
  • Rest the steak after 10 minutes after cooking to help redistribute the juices for a nice, juicy steak.

best steak marinade

Helpful tools:

  1. Instant Read Thermometer
  2. Grill tongs
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. Whisk
  5. Measuring cups
  6. Measuring spoons

easy steak marinade

Meet Drunken Steak aka The Best Steak Marinade
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Marinating time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Meet Drunken Steak aka The Best Steak Marinade: your new favorite steak marinade for a hot summer night! A little boozy. Totally savory. Crazy delicious!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Steak Marinade
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Vicky Freimann
  • 1 cup good red wine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, smashed
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, or your favorite fresh herbs
  • 1-1 1/2 pound flank steak
  1. Whisk together wine, oil, mustard, salt and pepper until well combined.

  2. Pour the mixture into a plastic zipper bag. 

  3. Add smashed garlic, thyme and flank steak the bag. 

  4. Carefully press out the air and seal well. Turn the bag a few times until the beef is well coated.

  5. Refrigerate for at least and hour and up to a day turning the bag periodically.

  6. 20 minutes before you're ready to cook, remove the beef from the refrigerator.

  7. Spray to grill will olive oil cooking spray and preheat it to medium-high (around 400 degrees).

  8. Grill for around 5 minutes on each side (this well vary based on the size of the steak) until the steak reaches an internal temperature of 135-140 for medium rare (or more if you want it more well done).

  9. Remove the steak from the grill, tent in foil and rest for 10 minutes.

  10. Slice thin against the grain and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you want to get the crosshatch grill marks, rotate (not flip!) the steak 45 degrees halfway through cooking each side.

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