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Citrus Steak Marinade

Citrus Steak Marinade

Citrus fruits are available year-round. Beef is available year-round. So, why not combine them together and explore the unique flavor combination? Here is the perfect chance to do just that! It is as easy as juicing an orange, a lime and a lemon, and adding a couple other ingredients, letting them soak together in the fridge, then setting the steaks to cook over a hot grill. You can use this marinade with poultry or pork chops too, having similar results.

One thing to keep in mind, is that the meat will be quite tender, but it will also take on that tangy-zesty citrus twang. If you want to err on the side of caution, we suggest marinating the steaks for just an hour on your first try. You can increase the marinating time with the next trial, if you find that you can’t get enough of the zesty flavor. Once the beef is grilled to perfection, you have the choice to leave it whole, cutting off small pieces for bite-by-bite dining, next to some roasted acorn squash with shallots or a baked sweet potato. Alternatively, you could cut the marinated skirt steak into strips for a Paleo fajita bowl; adding avocado, tomatoes and fresh greens.

Serve the citrus-marinated steak with quick-to-prepare guacamole or Pico de Gallo salsa – just go easy on the spice, so that the citrus-soaked notes can come delicately through.

Citrus Steak Marinade Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 10 min + 2hCook: 10 min

Protein: 53g / %

Carbs: 6g / %

Fat: 49g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • Steak of your choice, (i.e. skirt steak)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steak Marinade Preparation


  1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients, minus the steaks, and season to taste.
  2. Whisk until everything is well emulsified.
  3. Place the steaks in a marinating container and pour the marinade on top.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, 2 hours max, turning every 30 minutes.
  5. Cook the steak whichever way is your favorite. Or preheat grill to medium-high.
  6. Grill the steaks 4 to 5 minutes per side if using skirt steaks, or until their desired doneness.
  7. Let the steaks rest about 5 minutes before serving.
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