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Marinated Ribeye Steaks

Try these Marinated Ribeye Steaks for your next cookout . They boast huge flavor and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness…perfect grilling all summer long. Other cuts such as T-bone or New York work beautifully as well.

Grilled ribeye or t-bone steak on a cutting board
These marinated steaks are outstanding in flavor, and extra tender and juicy.

Marinated Steaks

If you have family or friends who enjoy juicy, flavorful, tender steaks…put these marinated steaks on the menu for your next grill night.

You may notice people hovering over your shoulder while you cook up these savory steaks. If that’s the case, simple appetizers like this easy Black Bean Avocado Dip and a refreshing pitcher of mango cooler will make your people happy while these luscious steaks are sizzling on the grill.

marinated ribeye steaks on a plate sliced
Steaks can be marinated 1-2 days in advance, for tender and flavorful results

Why This Recipe Stands Out

  • They’re super juicy and tender.
  • The marinade packs a big punch of flavor in every single bite.
  • The steaks can be marinated 1-2 days beforehand, making your cookout super easy.
  • These steaks? They’re way better than the usual hot dogs and burgers. Just saying.

Marinated Steaks: What to Prepare Ahead

You likely already have many of the ingredients in your pantry: items like balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and onion powder are great to have on hand.

Plan on grabbing the rest of the ingredients a couple of days before you intend to grill your steaks, as it’s highly recommended that you give steaks 1-2 nights to marinate. Overnight is good; two nights is even better.

Tip: liquid smoke typically comes in small bottles and is usually found in most major grocery stores; it’s absolutely worth it. It provides an extra boost of smoky flavor to your meats, and a small bottle can go a long way. We add a bit of liquid smoke on this smoky BBQ pulled chicken  and tender BBQ baked ribs…it makes a world of difference.

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Key Tips for Sucess

Note that in creating this recipe, we used both ribeye and T-bone steaks. The recipe is fabulous with either cut, as long they steaks are good quality and fresh from your butcher/grocer.

Once you have your handful of ingredients, simply combine it all in an airtight container and let steaks soak up the marinade flavors in the fridge until grill time. If needed, turn steaks over halfway through marinading time so all sides are nicely flavored.

Bonus option: after removing steaks from marinade, feel free to transfer marinade sauce to a saucepan and bring to a boil, so you can use it as a sauce to drizzle over cooked steaks. This is a simple and delicious way to make use of all the flavorful marinade.

If you need more tips for cooking the best steak check out our post on how to cook steak and if you want to add a bit more flavor you can drizzle some best balsamic glaze over the top.

marinated ribeye steaks sliced on a plate
Always let steaks rest 5 minutes prior to slicing

What to Serve with Ribeye Steak

There is no shortage of all the delicious sides you can serve up with your steaks! Nobody will complain about any of these options:

Commonly Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the steaks?

For best flavor, we highly recommend marinating your steaks overnight, and up to 2 nights for a more intense flavor.

Can I reuse the marinade after marinating the ribeye steaks?

It is not recommended to reuse the marinade that has come into contact with raw meat. If you want to use the marinade as a sauce, you can reserve a portion before adding the meat or boil it for a few minutes to kill any bacteria.

How long should I cook steak?

The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the steak, the starting temperature of both your meat and the grill, and your desired level of doneness. As a general guideline, grill steaks for about 3-5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches around 130-135°F for medium rare steaks.

Should I let steaks come to room temperature before cooking?

It is generally recommended to let the marinated ribeye steaks sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. This allows for more even cooking and helps prevent the steak from becoming too cold in the center while the exterior cooks.

How can I tell when my steaks are done cooking?

The best way to determine the doneness of steaks is to use an instant-read meat thermometer. The internal temperature should be around 130-135°F for medium-rare, 140-145°F for medium, and higher for more well-done steaks. Another method is to use the finger test, where the center of the steak feels increasingly firm as it cooks. However, using a meat thermometer is the most accurate way to ensure the desired doneness. Keep in mind that steaks will continue to rise in temperature a bit after you remove it from the grill, so we recommend removing steaks from heat one the lower end of desired temperature range is reached.

Should I let the marinated ribeye steaks rest after cooking?

Yes, it is important to let the cooked steaks rest for a few minutes on the cutting board before slicing into them. This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful steak.

Are there any alternative cuts of beef that can be marinated similarly to ribeye steaks?

Yes, there are several alternative cuts of beef that can be marinated similarly to ribeye steaks. Some popular choices include New York strip steaks, T-bone steaks, sirloin steaks, flank steaks, or even tenderloin steaks. Marinating can help tenderize and enhance the flavors of these cuts as well. Do keep in mind that various cuts of meat tend to be tougher than others. In general, the more marbled fat content, the more tender and juicy the meat tends to be.

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Grilled ribeye or t-bone steak on a cutting board

Marinated Ribeye Steaks

4.82 from 76 ratings
If you’re looking for a change of pace, try these Marinated Ribeye Steaks. Big on flavor and melt-in-your-mouth grilling all summer long.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Amy Dong



  • Prep Steaks: Towel dry the steaks and pierce meat throughout with fork. Set aside.
  • Marinade: In a bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients until well combined. Rub marinade into the fork-pierced steaks and place in a single layer (pie pan or baking dish works well.) Coat fully with marinade. Cover and chill 1-2 days in fridge. Remove from fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Cook: Grease your grill and preheat to medium high heat. Grill steaks 3-5 minutes per side or until your preferred level of doneness (medium rare is suggested.) You may either discard marinade or boil it in a saucepan while steaks are cooking, as it can be used as a sauce to drizzle over the grilled steaks.
  • Rest and Serve: Let steaks rest up to 5 minutes before serving with your choice of chopped herbs for garnish.


  • With 2 generously sized steaks, you can either serve 2 steak lovers, or you can feed 4 people by slicing cooked steaks thinly and serving on a platter (boneless ribeye works best if you prefer to serve it pre-sliced, as you won’t need to contend with bones.)
  • Alternative cuts of steak include: T-bone steaks and New York steaks, which tend to be about 1″ thickness throughout. 
  • Actual cook time depends on the thickness of your steaks and the temperature of the grill.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1g | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 373mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Method: Grill

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