The ultimate way to spoil dad this Father’s Day? Grilled steaks slathered in this Spicy Steak Marinade. It’s super simple to make and imparts crazy flavor.
What’s your favorite way to show your dad/husband/significant other/important guy your love on Father’s Day? Cooking their favorite meal is always my go to. Shocker I know.
Because of this I always have lots of fun coming up with great recipes to share with you all for holidays, birthdays and celebrations so you can spoil your people with delicious dishes too.
When it comes to Father’s Day cheeseburgers, steaks, beer and anything grilled always come to mind when I’m brainstorming. I haven’t shared a steak recipe in quite some time so I thought this was the perfect time to develop something.
In comes this spicy steak marinade. It’s super easy to make (literally shake it up in a jar or whisk in a bowl) and packs a major flavor punch.
The ingredient list may look a little big but it’s full of pantry staples that I’m betting you already have at home.
The base of the marinade is olive oil and vinegar. I like red wine vinegar but you could substitute apple cider, white or any other milder vinegar if you don’t have red wine vinegar.
Soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce adds lots of depth and richness to the marinade. There’s some Dijon in there for that nice mustardy bite.
My favorite part is the addition of tomato paste. It adds a sweet but super rich flavor that is just so good with all the other ingredients going on.
Let’s talk tomato paste real quick. Recipes that only used a tablespoon or two used to drive me crazy. I hated buying a can just to use a small amount of it. But, guys, have you seen the tomato paste in a tube?!
You can squeeze out the amount you need then put the cap back on and store it in the fridge. And it lasts forever so no more wasting. I’ve seen it at my regular grocery store, Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s so you should be able to get your hands on it.
The spiciness comes from a good amount of red pepper flakes. You can add more or less red pepper flakes depending on how spicy you like things. The first attempt at the recipe used 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes and it just wasn’t very spicy to me so I upped them the next time around and found it perfect.
You can marinade your steak for 1 hour or all day depending on how much time you have. I wouldn’t go any longer than 8 hours because of the acidic ingredients in the marinade (they can start to mess with the texture of your steak).
Once they’ve soaked up all that spicy goodness, throw your steak on a hot grill and sear in those grill marks. Cook them to your preference (and check out the temperatures for your perfect steak here).
Spicy Steak Marinade
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 ribeye or New York strip steaks
- Whisk together all ingredients except the steak. Put steak in a container with a lid. Pour marinade over the steaks and turn to coat well. Marinate for 1 to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat grill over medium-high heat. Allow steaks to come to room temperature while grill is heating. Cook steaks to your preference.
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March 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Hello, thank you for your recipe. I haven’t tried it yes as I am in search for a spicy marinade for my husband. I’ve read through a LOT of recipes only to anger me because no one has answered my question about the level of spiciness. Long story short, my husband shared a memory of he and his father in SC. They stopped at a Mexican food truck for a plain steak sandwich that my husband remembers well because not only did it make his whole face burn and tear up, but the following day made his bathroom experience unforgettable 😂. I think this has given him the love of jalapeños and doesn’t really want to try new things. Culturally my husband assumed that jalapeño = Mexican lol. I’ve named other peppers but he’s a stubborn mule. Part of my culture is what I can a taste of Asia. They use a pepper paste which I personally have known to be so spicy I couldn’t finish my food. Anyway, I am not good at mixing ingredients together. We have pepper flakes but to my husbands recollection of his infamous sandwich he didn’t see peppers in them. I’m thinking something is lost in translation. You stated that you initially used one teaspoon and why you slightly increased it. Since my husband is a simple but strange man, I want to be sure this recipe is simply a marinade for him to be able to taste just the meat and the spice. He doesn’t like anything to do with tomatoes or tomato based anything. He only flavors his meats with Carolina mustard bbq sauce which we have to order but won’t eat any horseradish or spicy mustard. As I said-weird. The last time we tried, to marinate, we used thinly sliced steak with the juice from the jalapeño jar and let it sit for two days. I cooked it up for him and he said it only had a slight kick when he ate it with the jalapeño peppers. 🙁. Could you please suggest anything I can do to make a marinade that will REALLY spice his meat but not to cook with a sauce? I have very little to go on aside from the plain meat sandwich with no visible peppers or sauce that burned this impression not only through his body and back side but into a loving father/son moment? I have used Worcestershire sauce once in a recipe but not enough to know it’s taste. I don’t know chemically the use of sugar in a marinade aside from balancing of acid from the tomato sauce and maybe a sweetness to meat that my husband doesn’t care for. Should I use spicy mustard in place of tomato paste? If so, should I still use brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce? Cooking is obviously not my thing. Lol. I’m better in the garage.