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Easy Steak Marinade without Soy Sauce

Most steak marinade sauces include soy sauce, but you can make steak marinade without soy sauce. I’m going to share with you a few different recipes you can use for marinating your steak, to make it succulent and flavourful, none of which include soy sauce.

These kind of recipes can be helpful when you just want something a bit different from the norm or when you’re making a steak marinade for someone who has a soy allergy.

You don’t have to sacrifice great flavour in your steak just because you need to leave out the soy sauce for one reason or another thanks for these ideas for steak marinade without soy sauce.

Italian Steak Marinade

Let’s start with a herb infused marinade that makes for a great complement to sides like Italian bread and mashed potatoes. If you don’t want to overwhelm your steak flavour but you want to give it a subtle and delicious flavour palette, then this is a great marinade to try.  

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Italian Steak Marinade

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp of white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp of onion powder
  • 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • ½ tsp of ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp of dried basil
  • ½ tsp of dried thyme
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano

Instructions

  • Add your steak to a zip lock bag with all the ingredients for your marinade. Take this easy steak marinade without soy sauce and seal the bag tightly, ensuring that all the air has been removed from the bag. Be sure to cover the steak completely with the marinade sauce to coat properly.
  • Place your bag of steak and marinade sauce in fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes, but as long as 20 hours. The ideal time for steak sauce marinade is around six hours.
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You can use this as a tuna steak marinade without soy sauce, as the flavours are subtle enough to work well with the tuna steak without becoming overpowering. It’s a very versatile marinade, but you want to be sure that all the seasonings are mixed thoroughly and that the steak has plenty of time to marinate properly.

 Simple Marinade for Steak without Soy Sauce

This is another herb-infused fused marinade you can use for just about any kind of steak. It’s a great flank steak marinade without soy sauce, using a selection of vibrant herbs that add subtle, but pleasing flavour to your steak.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • ½ tsp of dried thyme
  • ½ tsp of dried basil
  • ½ tsp of dried oregano
  • ½ tsp of dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp of ground black pepper

As with the last marinade recipe, you make most steak marinade recipes without soy sauce by mixing all the ingredients together place them into a bag with the steak. Be sure to remove the air from the bag and store in the fridge for anywhere from 30 minutes to 20 hours, with the ideal storage time being from 6 to 10 hours.

If you go much longer than 10 hours, there is the risk that your steak become a bit soggy, but this isn’t a major issue.

This recipe works well for a flank steak marinade without sauce regulars like vinegar or soy sauce. So, it’s not as strong as some steak sauces and it avoids some of those ingredients that can give people problems or that people just don’t like.

Making steak marinade without soy sauce or vinegar is simple as long as you have some components that can compensate well for those powerful, distinct flavours.

Lemon Pepper Marinade

If you’re looking for a steak marinade without soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce, this may be a good candidate. It uses lemon juice and peppercorns to make a wonderful lemon pepper marinade. It’s a good steak marinade without soy sauce as it’s very versatile and can be used for fish or chicken as well.

The various flavors of this simple steak marinade without soy sauce work well together and you won’t even miss the soy sauce, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce that many steak marinades use.

Marinating Tips

These are just a few ways you can make sirloin steak marinade without soy sauce vinegar, and the other components common to steak marinade. Be sure you allow your steak to marinade well. If you don’t let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, the steak may not be properly flavoured and seasoned.

It can end up a little bland and your marinate might not have soaked in as well as it should. Try to let your marinade sit on the steak in the fridge for a few hours to help tenderise and flavour the meat.

There is a misconception that the marinade will penetrate through the entire steak, and that’s not true. If you have a large cut of steak, no matter how you’ve made your marinade for flank steak without soy sauce, it won’t go all the way through the steak.

Even leaving the steak in the marinade sealed tightly in a bag won’t allow the liquid to penetrate through the entire steak.

It’s only going to go just below the surface, and that’s true of any steak marinade without soy sauce or balsamic vinegar or even one that’s made with soy sauce. This means that you want to be careful about using cuts of steak that are too thick.

The marinade just won’t go too far through them, so it’s not a bad idea to cut your pieces somewhat thin. About 1/2 inch should be plenty thick for your steak cuts, and if they are thicker than that, it’s a good idea to slice them thinner.

You don’t need to make your cuts thin to make them flavourful, as having the marinade on the outside will be enough to keep the steak tasting very flavourful. However, just watch how thick your cuts are and consider cutting them thinner if necessary.

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Keep in mind that the size of your steak will determine how much marinade to use. Usually there will be plenty of marinade floating around in the bag to fully coat the steak, but pay attention to how well covered this steak is with the marinade and if you need to add more to the bag to properly coat the steak. If you are marinating a lot of steak at once, be sure to make a large portion of marinade to coat the steak with.

 

Written by Pauline

I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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