How to Marinate a Steak in Vinegar

A marinade is a liquid that is used to flavor food before it is cooked. In the case of steak, a marinade is also intended to make the steak more tender. Vinegar in a marinade adds flavor to the meat, and it also acts as a tenderizer, as the acid breaks the meat down slightly before coking. Tip steak and top round steak are both excellent candidates for marinating, but any steak can be marinated to enhance the flavor.

Use different kinds of vinegar to produce different flavors in your marinade.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking dish

  • Steak

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Garlic

  • Sharp knife

  • Honey

  • Plastic wrap

Step 1

Lay the steak flat in a baking dish.

Step 2

Pour balsamic vinegar over the steak until it is covered.

Step 3

Peel 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, to taste.

Step 4

Crush the garlic and scatter it on top of the steak.

Step 5

Add honey to taste. The more honey you add to the marinade, the sweeter it will be.

Step 6

Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap.

Step 7

Place the baking dish in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Ideally, however, the steak can sit in the marinade overnight.

Step 8

Remove the steak from the marinade and cook as you would usually. Steak is especially good when grilled after marinating.


Add spices like cloves, sage, or thyme to your marinade to give it more flavor.

Turn the steak two or three times during the marinating process to ensure that all sides get a good coating of the marinade.