How to Marinate a Steak Texas Style

By Prev Info - January 05, 2023

 Marinating a steak Texas-style requires only a few common ingredients. The steak can then be cooked, broiled or barbecued to bring out the richness and flavor of the meat and the marinade. A simple, classic Texas-style steak has an unmistakably rich flavor without complicated seasonings. Use this marinade with your preferred cut of steak, though most Texas-style steaks use prime sirloin.

How to Marinate a Steak Texas Style

Things You'll Need

- Soap
- 1 quart container with lid
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons black pepper
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 bay leaf


1 - Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Use the hottest water you can stand and rinse for at least 30 seconds. Dry your hands with a clean cloth.   

2 - Pour the olive oil into a container with a lid. Make sure the container is large enough to hold the steaks. Add lemon juice, black pepper and coarse ground sea salt. This basic mixture provides a tasty and subtle marinade. You can tweak is as you like by substituting balsamic vinegar for the lemon juice to give it slightly more edge. 

3 - Place the thawed steak in the container with the marinade. Seal it tightly and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds. This ensures that the marinade is dispersed evenly. Avoid using metal or aluminum containers as they may react negatively with the acid in the marinade.

4 - Puncture the steak with a fork in several spots to allow the marinade to seep inside the steak and provide a fuller, more complete flavor.

5 - Marinate the steak in the refrigerator for a minimum of one hour and no longer than 24 hours. Keeping the steak refrigerated helps reduce the possibility of food-borne illness.

Tips & Warnings

- For best results, use fresh ground pepper from a pepper mill.

- Acids such as lemon juice, orange juice  help to tenderize and soften the meat.

- Salt helps to bring out the flavor of the steak, but don't use too much as it can become overbearing.

- Oils such olive oil, peanut oil, safflower oil or sesame oil help to hold the mixture together. Mix about three parts of oil to one part of whichever acid you decide to use.

- Allow the meat to rest about three minutes before serving.

- Make sure to cook the steak thoroughly. The steak should reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees to prevent the possibility of food-borne illness. Use a meat thermometer and test several areas of the meat to ensure the proper temperature is reached.

- Don't wash your meat before preparing it. The bacteria in meat can only be killed through properly cooking to a safe temperature. Rinsing meat can spread the bacteria to other areas in your kitchen and cause cross-contamination.

- Avoid cutting meats with the same knife that you use to cut other food items. If you must use the same knife, wash it thoroughly with soap and water first.