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Cooked steak garnished with green onions and sesame seeds that was first marinated with Asian Beef Marinade recipe.

Asian Steak Marinade

Quick and easy Asian Steak Marinade creates tender, juicy and flavorful beef. This recipe pairs exceptionally well with Asian Cucumber Salad, Easy Peanut Noodles or Short Grain Brown Rice.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Asian Beef Marinade, Asian Steak Marinade
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 199kcal
Author Heather



  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce *use tamari for gluten-free needs, See Note #1 below
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic *about 5-6 large garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sugar See Note #2 below
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce *optional, See Note #3 below


  • 2 pound flank steak See Note #4 below



  • In a large bowl whisk together marinade ingredients.
  • Lay flank steak out in a nonreactive shallow dish or roasting pan (See Note #5 below).
  • Pour marinade over the top of the steak and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Remove from refrigerator and flip steak over. Spoon marinade over the top of the steak making sure it is fully covered in marinade. Place back in refrigerator for another 1 hour.
  • Remove steak from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for the last hour of marination.

Cooking Instructions (gas grill, cast iron skillet or air fryer)

  • Gas Grill Instructions- Preheat gas grill to high heat for at least 5 minutes with the lid shut. Just before grilling, carefully oil the grates with a high heat oil. Remove steak from marinade and scrape off excess marinade. Grill 3-5 minutes per side for medium rare beef. Let the steak rest off of heat for at least 5 minutes.
  • Cast Iron Skillet- Preheat pan over high heat for at least 5 minutes. Add 1-2 tablespoons of high heat oil (enough to cover the bottom of the pan). Remove steak from marinade and scrape off excess marinade. Cook the steak for 6-6 1/2 minutes per side. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Air Fryer Instructions (steak in photos was cooked with an air fryer)- Using the grill function on high heat, preheat air fryer. Remove steak from marinade and scrape off excess marinade. Grill on high for 7-10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the steak) making sure to flip halfway through for medium rare doneness. Let steak rest for 5 minutes. See Note #6 below


Recipe Notes
Note #1- Most Asian steak marinades have a higher amount of soy sauce and a lower amount of sesame oil. This recipe is the reverse for lower sodium levels and a higher flavor profile. 
Note #2- Either white granulated sugar or brown sugar may be used for this recipe. 
Note #3-Chili Garlic Sauce or Sambal Oelek may be added to bring in a level of spice to the marinade. 
Note #4- 2 pound flank steak was used for this recipe. For other types of steaks both marination and cooking times will vary see recipe post. 
Note #5- Nonreactive pans are stainless steel, glass or cookware with an enamel coating.
Note #6- There is no need to use the thermometer attachment with flank steak when cooked in the air fryer.
Note #7- Regardless of the cooking method, it is important to remove the steak from the marinade and to scrape excess marinade off of the steak. This will help prevent excess smoking. 


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1293mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg