Red Wine Steak Marinade

I love a good marinade, it takes no time to prepare and adds a ton of flavor. This red wine steak marinade is our go-to recipe during BBQ season. It truly is the best steak marinade that has been an easy family favorite barbecue recipe for years.

This red wine steak marinade is incredibly easy to throw together. It's my favorite grilled steak marinade, so whip this up and fire up the BBQ!

Red Wine Steak Marinade

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Last summer we lived on our newly built deck. It was a great summer filled with a lot of sun and BBQ – more specifically steak. We had steak every Friday to help kick off the weekend and every weekend we made it the same way.

This is our go to steak marinade. I wish I could take full credit, but it was my husband who came up with it over six years ago.


Easy steak marinade with red wine, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oilThis recipe (for years was always the same) a bit of red wine, a bit of soy sauce, and garlic. Today, I wanted to make it and update some of the old photos from the original post from 2013 and thought, hey? Why not switch it up a bit. So I added some oil and parsley and here we are.

How to Marinate SteakRed wine soy sauce marinade for grilled steak

I’m all for recipes that are quick and easy, and this is just that. For photo’s sake, I toss the marinade in a separate bowl, but I usually add the ingredients to resealable bag, shake it up and then add the steaks (or mix it in a bowl and add the steaks to it).

I marinate steaks at minimum 2 hours, but it’s best if it’s overnight. If I’m really with it, I’ll get the steaks together the morning of the barbecue and, along with base ingredients of the salad and that way they’re more than ready when it comes time to grill.

Steak marinade recipe using red wine (merlot).

Side dishes for steak
Here are a few recipes on TBK that go well with this marinade to create a delicious steak dinner.

TBK’s Pro Tip: If I don’t have red wine on hand I substitute (and use a little less) with red wine vinegar. Vinegar helps it break down and makes it that much more tender.

The best steak marinade for grilling

Something I did this time around that was different than last was when I tossed the steaks on the grill, I took the marinade and reduced it over medium heat for a red wine sauce. The plan was to make a demi-glace, but it wasn’t thickening so I added a tiny bit of easy blend flour.

Red Wine Demi Glace for grilled steaks

Note: the wine I used this time was a merlot, but it changes to whatever I have on hand. Each wine adds a different flavor.

Easy Red Wine Steak Marinade

What do you need for a steak marinade? 

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This sirloin steak marinade is super easy to put together. I hope you enjoy it.

Steak Marinade for Grilling Tip

My husband added BBQ sauce to the marinade at first but I found that the sugar burned onto the grill and the steaks came out charred. I put BBQ sauce directly to the steak in the last few minutes of cooking.

What’s your favorite BBQ side dish?

This red wine steak marinade is incredibly easy to throw together. It's my favorite grilled steak marinade, so whip this up and fire up the BBQ!
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Red Wine Steak Marinade

This red wine steak marinade is incredibly easy to throw together. It's my favorite grilled steak marinade, so whip this up and fire up the BBQ!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword marinade, merlot marinade, red wine steak marinade
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 batch
Calories 550kcal


  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce I use low sodium
  • 1 1/2  tbsps  olive oil
  • 1 1/2  tbsps  toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • tsps  parsley
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the steaks.
  • Marinade for as long as you can, the longer the better. I try to prepare it 24 hours in advance. The steak comes out tender and full of delicious flavor.
  • Then add to your grill and cook to desired internal temperature. We both take our steaks medium (medium-well at some restaurants).



Serving: 1batch | Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 3252mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 15.9mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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26 comments on “Red Wine Steak Marinade”

  1. I’m usually a teriyaki steak guy but congratulations i am impressed with this marinade. Made it with fresh and dried parsley. Used all wine or half vinegar and wine. All good! Thanks.

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