Can You Marinate Steak With Olive Oil?


If you are wondering if you can marinate steak with olive oil, here is a detailed guide to answer every aspect of this question

Let’s start

Can You Marinate Steak With Olive Oil?

According to research, yes, you can use a marinade with olive oil to marinate steak. Olive oil works great as oil in the marinade, but it is also one of the healthiest oil to use for cooking. Thus you get two benefits from using olive oil as part of a marinade.

So, how does olive oil helps as part of a marinade?

The olive oil in a marinade serves several purposes.

First, it helps to coat the food and allows the other flavors to distribute across the surface evenly. This is especially important during cooking, as it prevents the food from drying out. As mentioned earlier, there is still a lack of consensus among experts on whether it is a good oil for grilling or now due to its lower smoke point. But some experts point out that the temperature for the slow grilling process is well below the smoke point of olive oil, thus making it safe for grilling.

Additionally, olive oil helps to tenderize meat and vegetables, making them more flavorful and easier to chew.

Finally, olive oil can also help protect food from burning or sticking to the grill or pan.

Also, if you add virgin oil, it may add a distinct aroma to your dish.

Is Olive oil Safe for Grilling after Marination?

Yes, olive oil is safe for slow grilling after marinating. Its smoke point is higher than the grilling temperatures, thus avoiding oxidation.

The smoke point of an oil is the temperature at which it starts to give off visible smoke. The smoke point is significant in cooking because it indicates when the oil will begin to break down and release harmful chemicals.

Table: Smoke Point of Various Oils

OilSmoke Point (F)
Safflower Oil 510
Clarified Butter450
Peanut Oil450
Corn Oil450
Soybean Oil450
Sunflower Oil440
Vegetable Oil400-450
Refined Olive Oil390-420
Canola Oil400
Coconut Oil350
Extra Virgin Olive Oil325-375
Avocado Oil520
Ghee (Clarified Butter)480
Pumpkin Seed Oil 320
Walnut Oil320
Grapeseed Oil420
Hemp Seed Oil330
Flaxseed Oil225
Sesame Oil410

As you can see, olive oil has a lower smoke point than most cooking oils, but it is not too low as coconut oil.

The temperatures during slow grilling are around 320-380 degrees, thus making olive oil safe for usage while grilling.

Final Words

I hope this quick guide helped you decide whether to use olive oil as part of a marinade for steak.

In case you have used olive oil, do share your feedback.

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About Amanda Jones

Amanda is a person with an eye for detail. She has been cooking since her childhood and loves to bake too. Recently, she's made the decision to pursue baking full-time and quit her 9 to 5 job. In the meantime, she still enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, especially when it comes time for special occasions like birthdays or holidays!

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