How To Marinate Steak With Italian Dressing


If you plan to marinate your steak in Italian dressing and are not sure how to do it, this is a detailed guide answering all your queries.

Let’s dive right in.

How To Marinate Steak With Italian Dressing

There are a few different ways that you can marinate steak with Italian dressing, but one of the most common and effective methods is to simply coat the steak in the dressing and then let it sit for a period of time in a bag / bowl. This will allow the flavors of the dressing to penetrate into the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and tender steak.

Another option is to add some additional ingredients to the dressing, such as garlic, onion, or herbs, before coating the steak.

This can help to further enhance the flavor of the meat.

Once you have coated the steak in the dressing, it is important to let it sit for at least 4-5 hours, although longer is better (overnight works great!).

This will give the flavors time to mingle and develop. After this time, you can cook the steak as desired.

How To Marinate Steak With Italian Dressing

How To Marinate Steak With Italian Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Here is the step by step process to marinate steak in Italian Dressing -


  • Freezer bags / bowls
  • Italian seasoning (or ingredients to prepare it)


      1. Prepare the dressing, if you plan to add some additional herbs and seasoning, this is the time to do so. You can use homemade Italian dressing or can use the ones available in the market too.
      2. Use a glass/plastic bowl or a freezer bag to keep the steak. Coat the steak with the dressing by hand. You can also rub herbs/ spices on the steak if you prefer.
      3. Pour the Italian seasoning into the bow or bag so that the steak is reasonably covered. If you use a small quantity of seasoning, you risk having patches of hard steak.
      4. Cover the bowl/lock the bag and keep it in the fridge for min 4-5 hours. Overnight works great. According to USDA, do not marinate for more than 48 hours.
      5. Cook asap after you get the steak out.

What Ingredients Do I Need For The Italian Dressing Marinade?

There is no single way to prepare Italian dressing marinade and there is a huge scope of improvisation based on your taste and liking.

A standard Italian dressing would generally have the following ingredients –

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced or garlic powder

Do You Rinse Marinade Off Steak?

It is not necessary to rinse off the marinade before cooking steak. However, if you do choose to rinse it off, be sure to pat the steak dry with paper towels before cooking. Otherwise, the water will cause the steak to steam instead of sear.

If you keep the marinade, then it will add flavor to your steak and keep it moist too.

How long should I marinate the steak in the Italian Dressing Marinade?

Ideally, you should marinate the steak in Italian dressing for at least 4-5 hours, or overnight if possible. This will allow the flavors of the marinade to fully penetrate the meat, resulting in a more flavorful and tender steak. If you are short on time, however, you can still get good results by marinating the steak for at least 1 hour.

The total time to marinate steak is also a function of how strong is your marinade and what end recipe and flavors you have in mind.

In The End

I hope this quick guide helped you understand how to marinate the steak in Italian dressing.

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About Barbara Foster

Barbara is a traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries. She loves the variety of food she gets to experience on her trips and maintains detailed journals of her travels which she plans to publish as a book someday. She loves to bake. Her favorite cuisines are Italian, French, and Mexican.

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