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Paleo Steak Marinade (Gluten Free + Whole30)

If you are thinking about grilling or cooking a steak and want to add some extra to it, this Whole30 and Paleo steak marinade is for you! I hope seeing this easy marinade recipe will get you motivated to grab a good cut of meat from the store (or your local butcher), throw it in this marinade for a while, and sear it over a hot grill or cast iron pan. 

Sliced flank steak on a platter topped with green onion slices

Use this marinade for tougher cuts of steak

This is a go-to steak marinade for us. We use a version of this marinade to flavor a lot of our tougher cuts of steak like flank, skirt, hanger and flat iron. These are perfect cuts for a marinade because they are a little tougher and need some extra flavor. They also happen to absorb the marinade really well because they are a thinly cut steak – not to mention they are cheaper! If you are interested in learning a little more about these cuts of steak, head on over to this page for a nice little summary.

Close up angle shot of sliced steak strips with paleo steak marinade on top

The essential Paleo steak marinade

Now, onto this easy Whole30 and Paleo steak marinade. It takes only about 5 minutes to put together and is a basic, flavorful marinade that you can use over and over. It uses only eight ingredients that most everyone has on hand in their pantry and spice cabinet. If you don’t have any of the ingredients (like coconut aminos or apple cider vinegar) you can substitute another type of vinegar or salty sauce or just add water in place of the missing ingredient to get the right consistency of the marinade. This marinade will work for a cut of meat up to two pounds and can also be used on chicken, pork, bison or fish.

Overhead shot of cooked steak strips with chopped green onions on top

An easy steak marinade that’s also Paleo + Whole30

Since this marinde is made with clean and simple ingredients and doesn’t have any added sugar, it’s the perfect Whole30 compliant steak marinade. Just mix up the ingredients in a zip top bag or shallow dish, add in your desired cut of meat and let it marinate for at least an hour. Then, your meat will be ready for tossing on hot grill or searing in a cast iron pan.

Close up overhead shot of cooked steak strips with chopped green onions on top

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Your turn to try this recipe for your next steak

I hope that you give this easy steak marinade a try! It’s perfect for many cuts of steak and I have no doubt you will enjoy the flavor it imparts. If you do try it, let us know how you like it by leaving a comment below. Also, take a picture and tag us on Instagram @realsimplegood so we can check it out. We love to see what you’re cooking!

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Paleo Steak Marinade (Gluten Free + Whole30)

4.49 from 274 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinating time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 2 pounds
This easy Whole30 + Paleo steak marinade takes about 5 minutes to put together and is a basic, flavorful marinade that you can use over and over. Only 8 ingredients!
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  • Combine all of the ingredients in a zip top bag or shallow dish and mix well.
  • Add in your steak (or other meat) and mix everything to get the meat coated well with the marinade.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Remove from the container and get to grilling!


  • This recipe is made to marinate about 2 lbs of meat. It can easily be halved or doubled if needed.
  • If you don’t have any coconut aminos on hand, you can make your own using our DIY coconut aminos substitute recipe
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Paleo Steak Marinade (Gluten Free + Whole30)

102 thoughts on “Paleo Steak Marinade (Gluten Free + Whole30)

  • This marinade is insanely delicious. Discovered while doing the Whole 30, but saving this for lots of future use. Thank you!!

  • This marinade was perfect for our ranch steaks from Butcher Box. I was a bit leery of the amount of black pepper in this recipe but stuck to the OP when I made it and I’m so glad I did. It was so delicious and the black pepper did not overwhelm the taste at all.
    My only sub was red wine vinegar for the cider but that was only because my bottle was empty. Oops. Now we know it works well in here too though. 😊
    Bookmarked this one for sure!!

  • Just made this tonight after having a 2.2lb tritip marinate overnight in it. It turned out so delicious! We actually reduced the leftover marinade on the stove top (about 10 minutes simmer, to kill any bacteria) then added some water back to it to make a nice juice. Definitely using this again. I didn’t have aminos and like the recipe suggests, substituting water (and a dash of soy sauce– which admittedly breaks both diets but it worked for us) tasted great! So don’t let the recipe turn you away if you don’t have it all, it’ll still be great!

  • So easy, so good! The juiciest steak I’ve ever had. And can I have an amen for the calculator that allows you to change the recipe for the appropriate amount of meat!?!

  • I made this last night for some sirloins we grilled. My husband and I have enjoyed it many times, but it was my 13-yr-old’s first time tasting it. He asked what marinade I used, and was very impressed to know I’d made it. (He’s become pretty convinced that if I can eat it [I’m Paleo], then he won’t like it. So, this was a huge win! Plus, it’s easy to mix up. It’s definitely going in my keeper file.

  • Sooo delicious! Used it on top sirloin marinated for about 5 hours. This one is a keeper! Thank you! The leftovers will make a beautiful Whole 30 steak salad later this week.☺

  • This marinade could not be more perfectly delicious and simple! I’ve used it several times now – once with flank steak and a couple of times with tri tip and holy cow. Plus, coconut aminos are one of my absolute favorite ingredients so it’s hard to get much better thank this. Thanks for sharing!

  • I made this yesterday on a flat iron steak. It was DELISH!!
    I will use this recipe over and over again!
    Can’t wait to try it on chicken too!
    I did not have coconut aminos, I used liquid aminos.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • This was so good! Husband kept saying how good the marinade was! Will definitely use it again, as we grill flank steak often!

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