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Grilled steak with garlic and rosemary recipe - marinate steak before grilling.

Marinate your steaks before grilling

Instead of just seasoning your steaks with salt and pepper….or your favorite grilling blend, try marinating steaks with fresh herbs from the garden.

fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, sage, parsley are great to marinate steaks

What kind of herbs to use?

Here are my favorite herbs that work really well with steak:

  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Chives
  • Green onion
  • Fennel
  • Tarragon
  • Thinly sliced shallots
  • Thinly sliced garlic cloves

You can chop the herbs, or keep them whole on the stem.

Completing the flavor profile

What makes food “delicious” is a harmony of different flavors such as:

  • Savory (fresh herbs, steak)
  • Salty (salt)
  • Spicy (black pepper)
  • Sour (acid)
  • Sweet (honey, molasses)

If you look of most marinades and dressings, you’ll notice all of these flavor profiles.

How to marinate steaks with fresh herbs

  1. In a gallon sized bag, add in your herbs of choice.
  2. Add in “acid” flavor profile, such as:
    – red wine vinegar
    – couple thin slices of lemon
  3. Add in the “sweet” flavor profile, such as:
    – honey
    – molasses
    – brown sugar
  4. Season the steaks with salt and pepper, add the steaks into the bag. Squeeze out all the air.
  5. Marinate in refrigerator for a couple of hours to overnight.

I leave all the herbs on the steaks when I’m grilling.

Grilled Garlic and Rosemary Ribeye Steak - after grilling

Marinate Steaks with Fresh Herbs Recipe

Use fresh herbs from your garden to marinate steaks for the grill.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 342 kcal


  • 1 bunch fresh herbs of your choice chopped or left on stem
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon sliced
  • 1 teaspoon honey molasses or brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 steaks of your choice
  • salt and pepper


  • In a gallon-sized ziplock bag, add the herbs, garlic cloves, lemon (or vinegar), honey and olive oil.
  • Season each steak with salt and pepper. Place steaks into the ziplock bag, massaging the herbs and oil into each steak. Remove as much air as possible from bag and seal.
  • Refrigerate to marinate for 2 hours up to overnight.
  • When ready to grill, you can leave the herbs on the steak, they'll provide additional flavor to the steak when cooking.
  • Grill steaks to your liking.


Calories: 342kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 23gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 332mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 123IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 2mg
Keyword grilling, steak
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