This savory steak marinade recipe will infuse your keto steak with the perfect amount of flavor without overpowering it. Plus, it tastes amazing on other types of meat, too.
I love to make my own sauces, dressings, and marinades. When I make them in my kitchen, I know what is in them. I don’t have to wonder, “Is this marinade keto-friendly?”
Unfortunately, lots of bottled marinades in the store will have something unhealthy in them.
Some are filled with added sugar while others are made with way too much salt. Then, some marinades have food coloring and preservatives in them.
Once you discover how easy it is to make your own marinade, you won’t go back to buying the bottled kind again!
💛 Why You’ll Love It
This is the best keto steak marinade recipe for marinating steak. It uses common pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand. When you use things you already have, it saves you time and money.
I chose only the best ingredients that won’t overpower the delicious taste of the steak. The best marinade will enhance the cut of steak, not make it taste like sauce.
Not only is this recipe sugar-free, but it is relatively low in salt too. So whip up your own jar of homemade keto steak sauce – you’ll be so glad you did!
There are two parts to this recipe – the liquids and the spices. I used basic steak marinade ingredients and already had all of them in my pantry. Here is a bit more information about what’s in this quick steak marinade.
There are just four different liquids in this low-carb marinade.
I used soy sauce to give it a salty and umami flavor. If you need or want to remain completely gluten-free, use tamari or coconut aminos instead.
The oil is pretty important too. I use a third cup of olive oil in my keto steak marinade but avocado oil is a near-perfect replacement.
I used fresh lemon juice because it has a brighter taste, but jarred lemon juice will work just as well.
Finally, add a quarter cup of Worcestershire sauce. If you can’t find a keto-friendly sauce at the store, follow my low-carb Worcestershire sauce recipe and make your own!
Feel free to alter the spices to make the steak marinade taste how you want it to. I used very basic spices in this marinade – just garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
I didn’t use a long list of spices because the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce are so flavorful that I didn’t think it needed it.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Make the marinade in a mason jar. This way, you can completely seal the jar and shake it up before you use it.
- This recipe makes enough for one use. If you want to make extra for future use, store it in the refrigerator for up to a month.
- In a pinch, you can use lime juice as a 1:1 replacement for lemon juice in this marinade.
The instructions are pretty straightforward and easy to remember. Even so, please scroll to the bottom of this post to read the entire recipe in the printable recipe card.
Make The Marinade
Mix everything together in a bowl. If you are really busy, you can even add everything to a blender and let it do all the mixing for you.
Pour the marinade in a food storage container or bag and add steaks. Marinate the meat for at least an hour or as long as overnight.
For a properly marinated steak, the delicious flavor of the sauce needs to soak into the meat. Longer marinating times result in a more flavorful and tender steak but you shouldn’t let the steaks marinate for more than twelve hours.
🍽️ Serving Suggestions
If you forget to marinate the meat in it, you can set a small bowl of it on the table and use it as a dipping sauce.
Do you like french fries? Then replace them with some low-carb jicama fries.
There are so many keto-friendly sides that taste amazing with steak!
Before I get to the recipe, here are some questions people often ask about this keto marinade. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.
Balsamic vinegar is known for its ability to break down the tissue in a steak and make it really tender. However, I didn’t use it in my keto steak marinade recipe. Instead, I used a combination of lemon juice and the Worcestershire sauce to tenderize the meat. Balsamic vinegar can be used in place of the lemon juice.
Marinate steak for at least 30 minutes. It’s best to let it sit for about 8-12 hours because that gives the ingredients time to soak into the meat and make it more tender. Be careful not to leave it in the marinade for too long. If you do, it might make the steak too tough, dry, or give it an undesired texture.
No, do not let your meat sit at room temperature while it marinates. If you do, bacteria might grow on the raw meat. Always keep the meat in the refrigerator as it soaks in the marinade.
No, do not salt or season your steak before you marinate it. If you do, it might
📚 Related Recipes
If you enjoyed this recipe for keto steak marinade, here are some more keto sauce and condiment recipes you should make next. They are all some of my favorites!
- Ten-Minute Keto Enchilada Sauce tastes delicious in the classic Mexican dish or drizzled on top of tacos or burritos.
- Keto Teriyaki Sauce has the some classic flavors and sticky taste that you love, but with only 1g net carbs per serving.
- Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is made with olive oil and is the best thing to add to salads or to serve with a raw veggie tray.
- Keto Sugar-Free Ketchup is a super-easy recipe that should be a staple in your house.
- Avocado Mayo is irrisistibly creamy, and you can use it on top of your salad, or as a dressing for chicken or tuna salad.
Keto Steak Marinade
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup keto worcestershire sauce
- Mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Place the steak into the marinade, and marinate for up to overnight in the fridge.
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