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Red Wine Steak Marinade has a subtle blend of red wine and seasonings. It is perfect on steak and only requires a few ingredients.

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Red Wine Steak Marinade Recipe

We love a juicy steak and this red wine marinade is the perfect combination. It is easy to make and results in flavorful cooked steak.

You can use this on grilled steak or any of your favorite steak recipes. This marinade works on multiple cuts of beef.

It is worth the extra step to marinade steaks. It helps to tenderize the meat and makes it flavorful. Everyone will enjoy this red wine marinade for flavorful steaks.

Ingredients for steak marinade.

Ingredients

  • Steaks. Cut of your choice: Sirloin, Ribeye or New York Strip.
  • Red Wine 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Salt 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Dried Rosemary 
Steak on a plate.

How to make steak marinade with red wine

  • Step 1. Combine the ingredients. Mix together all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. 
Steaks in a bag.
  • Step 2. Store in a bag. Place the steaks in a large zip lock bag.  Pour the marinade on top of the bag.  Remove the air and seal.
Steak in a bag.
  •  Step 3. Marinade the meat. Let the steaks marinade for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.  

How to cook steak:

These are our favorite cooking options to use red wine marinade for steak.

How to grill steaks:

  • Step 1. Preheat the grill. Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).  Let the steaks sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.  
  • Step 2. Grill the steaks. Place steaks on a hot grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on your Steak Doneness preference.
  • Step 3. Flip and continue to cook. Flip the steak over and grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until steak is cooked to your preference.
  • Step 4. Allow to rest. Remove from the grill and allow to rest a minimum of 5 minutes before cutting or serving.

How to cook steaks on the stovetop:

  • Step 1. Prepare your cast iron. Preheat the pan for about 5 minutes.
  • Step 2. Add oil to the pan. Make sure the oil thoroughly coats the bottom of the cast iron skillet.
  • Step 3. Place the steak in the pan. Allow to cook several minutes on each side depending on how you prefer your steak cooked.
  • Step 4. Remove from pan. Take the steak out of the pan. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before cutting. After the steaks rest, serve and enjoy this delicious, marinated steak.

What Should the Internal Temperature of Steak Be?

The best way to test for doneness is by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.

Internal temperatures:

  • Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
  • Medium Rare – 130F, Warm red center
  • Center is Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
  • Medium Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
  • Well Done – 160F, full brown in color

What is a good red wine for marinating beef?

You can use your favorite red wine but we prefer to use cabernet sauvignon.

How long to marinade steaks:

The steaks should marinade for at least 2 hours but overnight is even better. Just don’t leave it longer or it could actually make it tough.

Steak on a plate.

Tips to marinade steak in red wine:

  • Tenderize. Red wine will tenderize the steak but it needs to marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. Do not leave it longer than that or it will actually make it tough.
  • Gallon bag. Place the marinade and steak inside a gallon size ziplock bag. Clean up is easy and you can toss the bag when you are done.
Steak on a plate.

Tips For Grilling Steaks

  • Room temperature. Allow the steaks to come to room temperature before grilling. This will allow the steaks to cook evenly.
  • Hot grill. Prepare the grill before placing the steaks on it. It needs to be hot and the grates coated in oil.
  • Watch closely. Don’t walk away or do something else while grilling steak. They should be watched closely and not flipped too much.
  • Use a spatula. Flip the steaks using a spatula instead of a fork. The fork will pierce the meat and allow the flavorful juices to escape.
  • Allow to rest. Let the steaks rest for several minutes.

Variations

  • Soy Sauce. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to the mixture for a new flavor twist.
  • Onion Powder. Just 1 teaspoon of onion powder adds a lot of flavor.
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What to serve with steak:

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Red Wine Steak Marinade

5 from 7 votes
Red Wine Steak Marinade has a subtle blend of red wine and seasonings. It is perfect on steak and only requires a few ingredients.
Prep Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Allow to Rest 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 16 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 587

Ingredients

  • 4 Steaks cut of your choice – sirloin, ribeye or new york strip
  • 1 cup Red Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Rosemary

Instructions

  • Mix together all the marinade ingredients in a small bowl.  Place the steaks in a large zip lock bag.  Pour the marinade on top of the bag.  Get as much air out of the bag as possible and seal.  Let the steaks marinade for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).  Let the steaks sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  • Place steaks on a hot grill and cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on your Steak Doneness preference.
  • Flip the steak over and grill for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until steak is cooked to your preference.
  • Remove from the grill and allow to rest a minimum of 5 minutes before cutting or serving.

Recipe Notes

The best way to test for doneness is by inserting an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. Do this through the side, not the top of the steak.
Steak Doneness
Rare – 120F, cool to warm red center
Medium Rare – 130F, Warm red center
Medium – 140F, Hot pink center
Medium Well – 150F, Mostly brown center
Well Done – 160F, full brown in color

Nutrition Facts

Calories 587kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 46g, Fat 39g, Saturated Fat 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 20g, Cholesterol 138mg, Sodium 702mg, Potassium 695mg, Fiber 0.2g, Sugar 0.4g, Vitamin A 40IU, Vitamin C 0.5mg, Calcium 27mg, Iron 4mg

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