How to Marinate Steak Faster

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Marinate steaks faster to gain flavor, using quick culinary methods.
Marinate steaks faster to gain flavor, using quick culinary methods. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Marinating steaks offers an array of flavor options from teriyaki to barbecue. You can achieve the taste of a 24-hour marinade in 30 minutes by implementing cooking techniques during the preparation that allow the steak to absorb marinade faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Fork or knife
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Plastic, zipper-lock bag
  • Marinade

Place the steak on a cutting board. Poke holes or slashes in the top and bottom of the steaks with a knife or fork. This allows the marinade to penetrate the steak faster.

Cut the steak into smaller serving portions because smaller pieces of steak marinate faster than larger ones.

Season the pieces of steak with salt and pepper. Place the pieces of steak in a large, plastic, zipper-lock bag.

Mix herbs, olive oil and seasoning in a blender to make your own marinade or use store-bought marinade or dressing. Pour the mixture in the plastic zipper bag containing the steaks so the steaks are submerged in marinade.

Close the bag and press out as much air as possible. Shake the bag to make sure all pieces of steak are coated. Place the bag in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Flip the bag over after 15 minutes and allow the steaks to marinade for another 15 minutes. This ensures both sides of the steak are marinated evenly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not reuse steak marinade without boiling it for at least five minutes. Used marinade contains raw meat juices that will make you sick.

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