This is the best keto steak marinade recipe! Made with avocado oil, coconut aminos, lime juice, balsamic vinegar and spices, you will love how easy and simple this low carb steak marinade is to make. This healthy marinade is great for any cut of steak including flank steak, skirt steak and more.
Why you will love this recipe:
- This low carb steak marinade is full of flavour and will make your steaks so juicy and tender! You'll never want to season your steaks any other way again.
- It's really easy to make with pantry staple ingredients and is great for meal prep.
- It's a low carb, healthy marinade that can be used for any type of steak including flank steak, skirt steak and more.
- You could use this keto beef marinade for other meats including pork and chicken too.
- Besides being keto, this marinade is also gluten free, paleo and Whole30 compliant.
- This asian inspired steak marinade is made without soy sauce, without Worcestershire sauce and without apple cider vinegar.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Avocado oil: One of my favourite cooking oils. You could also easily swap this for olive oil too.
- Lime juice: To help give the meat some amazing flavour and help tenderize the meat.
- Coconut aminos: Such a great alternative to soy sauce which is also gluten free and lower in salt. This could also be swapped for soy sauce or gluten free tamari depending on your dietary needs and restrictions.
- Balsamic vinegar: This adds some amazing flavour and also helps tenderize the meat.
- Herbes de Provence spice blend: One of my favorite spice blends. It adds the perfect amount of flavour.
Taste and flavour:
This marinade is just slightly sweet, a little salty, and has a nice herb flavour from the spices. The coconut aminos also gives this recipe a little asian flavour.
How to make this recipe:
First, place all the marinade ingredient into a bowl or large glass measuring up and stir everything well to combine.
Next, place the steaks in the marinade (either in a glass dish or ziploc bag) and marinade in the fridge for 2-24 hours before cooking. When you are ready to cook the steaks, take them out of the fridge and let them warm for 20-30 minutes before cooking.
Cook the steaks however you prefer (grill, bake or fry).
- This marinade recipe is good for 4-6 steaks. If you are serving a crowd or want to have extra marinade to use later feel free to double or triple the recipe.
- You can marinade your steaks anywhere from 2-24 hours before grilling, baking or frying them.
- You can easily make this marinade ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Just don't add the steaks until 2-24 hours before you want to cook them.
- Take the marinaded steaks out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to cook them, this will help them warm up a bit and cook more evenly.
Variations and add ins:
- For a different flavour add some minced garlic, onion powder or any other spices you prefer.
- Instead of avocado oil you can use olive oil, and feel free to substitute the balsamic vinegar with another type of vinegar such as red wine vinegar.
How to store:
After the steaks have been in the marinade, do not re-use it. If you want to have extra marinade for later, double or triple the recipe initially and store extras in the fridge in an air tight container or jar.
What to serve with steak:
Frequently asked questions:
Any type or cut of steak is great for keto. Beef steaks are a naturally low carb meat that is perfect for a keto diet.
Marinades are best for tougher cuts of meat, so they are especially good for cheaper steak cuts like flank steak, skirt stake, and hanger steaks but you can marinade all cuts of steak. You'll see the biggest difference in texture and flavour working with smaller steaks or steaks that have been cut into bite-sized pieces.
There is a total of 5 grams of carbs per serving of this marinade with 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of sugar. However, that carb count assumes that you consume ALL the marinade when you eat the steak which in reality doesn't happen. Much of the marinade will get cooked off, and some gets discarded when you transfer the steaks to the grill so in reality the carb count would actually be much lower.
Yes, balsamic vinegar is great for marinades because not only does the acid in it help tenderize the meat, but it adds a delicious, sweet flavour while still being sugar free.
Yes you can. If you don’t have avocado oil, olive oil is a great substitute.
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Keto Steak Marinade
- In a glass measuring cup or bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients and stir well.
- Place the steaks in the marinade (either in a glass dish or ziploc bag) and marinade in the fridge for 2-24 hours before cooking.
- Cook the steaks however you prefer.
- This marinade recipe is good for 4-6 steaks. If you are cooking more meat feel free to double or triple the recipe.
- Take your marinated steaks out of the fridge ~30 minutes before cooking or grilling to allow them to warm slightly.