Soy, Orange Juice, Red Wine Marinade
This flavorful Soy, Orange Juice, and Red Wine Marinade is made with kitchen staples and is perfect for flank steak!
Marinating for about 8 hours in this Easy Flank Steak Marinade infuses magnificent flavors into the beef, then grilling adds delicious smoky nuances. It’s ideal for a summer barbecue!
Why You Must Make
- I love recipes that are 5 ingredients or less! Don’t we all need a ton of these in our repertoire? Much as I enjoy creating an entree with as many layers of flavor as ingredients, there are many days when I’m overextended with little time for measuring and chopping.
- There are only 3 ingredients in this easy marinade recipe!!
- It’s super versatile and can be used with flank steak as well as bone-in chicken, and even shrimp!
- Most of us have these ingredients on hand, plus it’s tasty enough for company and easy enough for a weeknight meal.
From Eva: “We had this wonderful marinated steak on Saturday and I can fully attest that it truly tenderized the flank steak. Definitely will be my go-to recipe from now on.“
- Flank Steak – Any size. Just up the amounts of each ingredient if needed. A flank steak is a flat, flavorful cut of beef that comes from the underside of the cow.
- Orange Juice – Adds sweetness and acidity to the marinade. The acid helps tenderize.
- Soy Sauce – This is a terrific source of umami, or the savory sense of taste.
- Red Wine – Alcohol is a flavor enhancer and wine also adds acidity and flavor to the marinade.
Tips for Grilling Flank Steak
- PRO-Tip: Lightly scoring (cutting into the top layer of the beef) across the grain of the flank steak allows for the marinade to permeate the meat a little deeper.
- Place the beef and marinade ingredients into a gallon Ziploc bag and remove most of the excess air. Agitate the bag so that all sides of the meat are exposed to the marinade.
- Place in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Longer could make your beef overly salty, but this depends on your taste buds. If you start with frozen flank steak, you can easily marinate overnight.
- Grill your flank steak to your desired doneness. Use an (affiliate link) Instant Read Thermometer to check the internal temperature. Remember to allow for carry-over cooking, meaning the meat will rise 5-10 more degrees while it rests.
- When you pull the steak off the grill, place it on a cutting board and cover it with foil. PRO-Tip: Let your flank steak rest about 10 minutes before slicing. This allows for the juices to redistribute into the meal. There will be about 10 degrees increase in the internal temperature due to carryover cooking time.
- PRO-Tip: Cut thin slices across the grain. You will see lines running across the surface lengthwise. That is the direction of the “grain.” Cutting across the grain (usually from one long side to the other long side) creates more tender slices.
Frequently Asked Questions
We grill a LOT of flank steak in the summer and sometimes I don’t have time to gather a multitude of ingredients for a marinade. With juice in the fridge, a partially drunk bottle of wine plus soy sauce in the pantry, it’s pretty much a no-brainer.
Equal parts of each ingredient and, voila, you have your easy flank steak marinade. It can be used on beef, chicken, pork, and even shrimp. It’s just that versatile! Note the different marinating times below.
A marinade is a flavorful liquid in which ingredients are soaked in order to infuse flavor and often tenderize. It usually contains acid, seasonings like herbs and spices, something salty like Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce, and often something sweet like orange juice or honey It’s all about balance.
To Marinate is the process of soaking ingredients in a marinade. Since acid is involved in most marinades, the ingredients should be marinated in a non-reactive dish, like glass, ceramic, or a heavy-duty Ziploc bag.
Due to the acid in marinades, if you marinate for too long, the protein can get mushy. So big, sturdy cuts of beef and pork can take more time in a marinade, but shrimp don’t require as much time. Here are some guidelines:
Beef: 4 hours up to overnight (overnight will sometimes make the beef a little too salty, so I prefer an 8-hour max marinating time with this recipe)
Chicken: 2-6 hours
Pork: 6 hours up to overnight
Shrimp with shells: 1 hour
Use a meat thermometer to cook it to your desired doneness. I prefer medium-rare for flank steak which is 135° F. It can be pulled off at 125° F and then covered with foil to rest for 10 minutes.
The internal temperature will rise 10 more degrees as it rests. Check this Korean Flank Steak recipe for more guidance with degrees of doneness and tips for grilling flank steak.
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Soy, Orange Juice, Red Wine Marinade
A super easy, 3 ingredient marinade that's perfect on flank steak!
- 2 pounds flank steak (any size is fine)
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup red wine
- Mix orange juice, soy, and red wine in a zip lock bag. Place steak into the marinade. Seal bag and marinate for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.
- Take the steak out of the fridge for a half-hour to take the chill off as you prepare the grill.
- Grill to desired doneness. We usually grill 2-3 minutes per side for rare- medium-rare.
- Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing against the grain to serve.
To infuse more flavor, lightly score the flank steak across the grain on both sides (very shallow cuts from one long side of the flank steak to the other).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 1253mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 44g
12 Comments on “Soy, Orange Juice, Red Wine Marinade”
Looks amazing! A proper dinner.
As luck would have it, I picked ip a flank steak on Thursday and was planning to grill it today, your recipe comes in at perfect timing! I know you have The Big Green Egg too so I can just imagine how smoky and delicious your steak is. I can’t wait to try this tonight! Thanks, Liz! XO
We had this wonderful marinated steak on Saturday and I can fully attest that it truly tenderized the flank steak. Definitely will be my go to recipe from now on.
Not only all these ingredients work beautifully as a tenderizer, it’s a great flavour combination when combined together! And this flank steak? It looks so perfectly cooked, juicy, tender, and tempting!
Flank is our favorite beef to grill so I’m always on the hunt for different flavors. This is an interesting combination and with only 3 ingredients. I’ll be trying this one. Thanks Liz!
Such a lovely combination of flavors in the marinade, and you’ve clearly cook the steak to absolute perfection! I want to reach right in for a bit! 🙂 ~Valentina
It really doesn’t get much easier than this marinade! Sounds good:@)
The flank steak looks so tender and juicy. I have never used soya sauce to marinate the steak…would be fun to give it a try next time.
I loved how it turned out!! Loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
I bet any kind of meat would be awesome with this marinade! Love it!
It would be really nice if I could ACTUALLY see the recipe.
I don’t know why the recipe disappeared, but I’ve edited it back in. I apologize for the inconvenience.