Simple Steak Marinade with Chimichurri Sauce


No summer grill is complete without a good steak marinade and chimichurri sauce recipe! Easy, simple and super delicious!


When it comes to steak, you want to think of the KISS principle (keep it simple, stupid!). When cooked right, a steak is super juicy and tender on its own with some simple salt and pepper. But to take it to the next level, well, I am all about that! Using marinades is a great way to kick up your steaks just a notch. This simple marinade infuses the steak with tons of flavor. Lime juice is used to break down the toughness of the meat while the garlic brings out the flavor. I highly recommend marinating the steak overnight but if you are pushed for time, 30 minutes should suffice. For this recipe, I used strip steak, but you can also use different cuts of steak like a skirt steak for instance.

My favorite way to cook a steak is on the grill (is there a better way!?). I like to set my grill over medium-high heat and cook each side for just 5 minutes to get a nice sear and to achieve the rare to medium-rare pinkness. You could also cook in a skillet if you do not have access to a grill.


(By the way, this steak marinade recipe can be used for my verde carne asada tostadas!!)

You could stop after grilling your steak, but wouldn’t you like to go an extra step? If you are interested in adding some green to your steak, try out adding a chimichurri sauce! Since you are marinating the steak with subtle ingredients, the sauce really takes the steak to the next level!


Everyday herbs like cilantro and parsley are used to provide a fresh clean flavor to the steak. The sauce is super easy to make with just a processor or blender. You could also use this sauce on different types of dishes like eggs, chicken, or used in pasta salad dishes.

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No summer grill is complete without a good steak marinade and chimichurri sauce recipe! Easy, simple and super delicious! 


Steak Marinade

  • 1 1/2 lb steak of choice

  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp pepper

  • 1 lime (squeezed)

  • 2 Tbsp EVOO

Chimichurri Sauce

  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley

  • 1 cup cilantro

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 medium onion

  • 1 Tbsp lime juice

  • 1/3 cup EVOO

  • S&P to taste

  • dash of chili pepper flakes


For the marinade and grilling

  1. Coat the steak with salt and pepper on each side.

  2. Whisk the garlic, lime, and EVOO together and pour into the Ziploc bag.

  3. Add the steak to the bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight preferably.

  4. Grill on medium-high heat and cook for 5-10 minutes per side or until desired pinkness.

  5. Let the steak rest by placing aluminum foil over the steak for at least five minutes. Cut steak across the grain and serve with chimichurri sauce.

For the chimichurri saucE

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until everything is fully incorporated and smooth.