Lunch and Dinner, Paleo, Recipes, Whole30

Steak Marinade [Whole30, Paleo]

Not every steak technically needs a marinade, but once you try this marinade you will do this all with all your steaks.

Marinated grilled steak

I used to marinate my steak in salt, pepper, and worcheshire sauce.  But then I did a whole30 and realized that worcheshire sauce has sugar, so I had to get creative with how I marinated my steak. Don’t mind the fact that now there are a ton of premade, bottled, Whole30 compliant steak marinades out there, but I find my version is easy to make with ingredients that are always in my pantry.

Like I mentioned earlier, not all steaks need a marinade.  I know some people are so picky about how their steaks are cooked and claim that a nice enough cut of meat does not need a marinade.  For me, I just marinate all my steaks I cook at home in this marinade.  If I have filet mignon, I don’t marinate the steak for as long (at least one hour), but If I have a sirloin, I may marinate it for four hours or all day.  Tougher steak, like flank or skirt steak, I marinate this over night (12 or more hours).  You can’t go wrong with this marinade, people! 

This recipe is so simple that I am not even sure if I can call it a recipe.  Either way, all you want to do is put about a teaspoon of coconut aminos and balsamic vinegar on each side of the steak.  Then, you add a few pinches of coarse salt and pepper and steak seasoning on each side and press it into the meat with a fork.  Let it marinate for a few hours in the fridge and grill to your liking!  Enjoy!

grilled steak


  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos (can sub soy sauce, but this is not Whole30 compliant)
  • 2 tsp steak seasoning
  • A few pinches of salt and pepper


  1. Using a fork, poke holes in the steak on both sides.  This tenderizes the meat and gives the marinade the ability to get deeper into the cut of meat for more flavor,
  2. Add one tsp of coconut aminos and one tsp of balsamic vinegar to each side of the steak.
  3. Add 1-2 pinches of salt and 1-2 pinches of pepper per side of each steak (or 6-8 turns of the grinder if you are using freshly ground salt and pepper)
  4. Add 1 tsp of steak seasoning to each side of the steak.
  5. Using a fork or spoon, lightly press the seasoning into the steak.
  6. Store in the fridge for several hours, while the steak marinates (recommended 2-8 hours, depending on the cut of meat).
  7. Grill steak to your desired temperature and enjoy.


  • The amounts here are for roughly two steaks that are 6-8 oz. in weight.

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