Red Wine and Garlic Steak Marinade

This pungent sauce is going to be your go-to condiment
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Red Wine and Garlic Steak Marinade
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Red wine is the perfect secret ingredient for making a marinade: The acidity helps tenderize the meat, and the depth imparts complex flavors on the meat. By infusing the wine with garlic, herbs and spices, we’ve created the ultimate marinade for any meal.

This marinade adds a punch of flavor and a hint of spice and sweetness, perfect for enhancing meat even before you cook it. While this recipe is also great for coq au vin-style chicken, we really love it as a marinade for steak. Simply place the meat in a sealable plastic bag with the marinade and let it sit overnight. The next day, dry the steaks well and cook as desired.

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Red Wine and Garlic Steak Marinade

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 4 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time


One 750-milliliter bottle red wine

10 garlic cloves, smashed

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup kosher salt

1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, toasted

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 thyme sprigs

1 oregano sprig

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise


In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until aromatic, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before adding meat to marinate in a sealable bag for up to 24 hours.

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