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Gluten-Free Steak Marinade Without Soy Sauce

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If you’re looking for a simple gluten-free steak marinade without soy sauce this is the best marinade!

Made with only 5 ingredients you likely already have on hand, this recipe is gluten, sugar, and soy free.  Suitable as is for Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto, plus with easy modifications for AIP.

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Best steak marinade with no soy sauce!

Steak is a staple food in our household.  We buy sides of beef from a local farm and we love experimenting with different recipes for steak, but this basic gluten-free steak marinade without soy sauce is one we keep coming back to. 

It’s easy, healthy, and the ingredients are always on hand! 

This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, and sugar-free.  It’s suitable as written for Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto diets.  If wanting a marinade for AIP, keep reading for easy modifications!

Plus, this marinade it uses ingredients you likely have on-hand already and is easily customizable to make this recipe your own!

cooked and sliced steak

Why not Soy Sauce? Is Soy Sauce Gluten-Free?

Most soy sauce contains gluten.  While you can find some special gluten-free soy sauces and tamari—as well as soy sauce alternatives such as aminos—some people who are gluten-free also have an intolerance to soy. 

In addition, soy is not allowed on specialty gluten-free diets such as Paleo, Whole 30, or AIP.

If you want to know more about gluten-free soy sauce alternatives, check out this in depth post with great brand recommendations.

Gluten-Free Steak Recipes

This steak marinade is simple, easy, and can be adapted for steak in many different recipes: slice thin and serve with onions, peppers, and mushrooms for yummy Philly Cheese Steak. 

Or cook up leftovers for steak & eggs.  Use it as a gluten-free marinade for beef kabobs. 

The possibilities are endless!

Try it with this delicious steak salad recipe with homemade avocado dressing!

Flexible Marinade for Many Cuts of Beef

Use this steak marinade recipe for:

  • Sirloin
  • Steak tips
  • Skirt steak
  • Flank
  • and more!

What matters more for making delicious steak than the cut is the quality of beef. Preferably, choose organic grass-fed and finished beef.

Outside of marinating steak tips or marinating skirt steak, you could use this marinade for poultry as well. It’s delicious!

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Use Gluten-Free Meat Tenderizer for More Tender Steaks

When using meat tenderizer you want to be sure it actually gets into your steaks—not just sit on the surface. 

First, lightly sprinkle meat tenderizer over your steak, pierce your steak all over with a fork (or pound with a meat tenderizer mallet), and rub in.

Is Any Brand of Meat Tenderizer Gluten-Free?

While many brands are gluten-free, I stick with ones that are explicitly gluten-free such as Badia Spices.

How to Marinate Steak for Grilling

Start marinating your steak 2-6 hours before grilling.

Simply mix up marinade and add to a ziplock bag with the steak to marinate in the fridge before grilling.

Be sure that your grill is free of cross-contamination.  To learn more about grilling safely while gluten-free, read this post!

AIP Steak Marinade

While this basic recipe is not suitable for the Autoimmune Protocol, it is easily adaptable!  Just sub out the Cajun seasoning for spices suitable on AIP such as garlic and onion powder. 

Your meat will still be tender and flavorful!

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Steak Marinade without Soy Sauce

steak marinade ingredients

This super simple marinade only takes 4 ingredients:

  • High-heat oil (I use avocado oil)
  • Lemon juice
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Water

It couldn’t be simpler!

Gluten-Free Cajun Seasoning

While not every brand of Cajun Seasoning is gluten-free, many are! At my local grocery store I can find Morton & Bassett San Francisco, but some other great brands include:

How to Make Gluten-Free Steak Marinade Without Soy Sauce

Step 1: Mix all marinade ingredients together

This marinade recipe is the amount per 1 pound of steak. Increase as needed.

ziplock with marinating steak

Step 2: Add with steak in plastic zip-top bag and let sit

Add everything together in a bag and let it sit in the fridge for 2-4 hours before cooking.

Step 3 (optional): Right before cooking, tenderize meat

Tenderize the meat by sprinkling it with tenderizer and piercing it with a fork or pounding with a tenderizing tool.

Sliced Gluten-Free Steak Marinade Without Soy Sauce

Gluten-Free Steak Marinade Without Soy Sauce

Simple gluten-free steak marinade without soy sauce!  This recipe is gluten, sugar, and soy
free.  Suitable as is for Paleo, Whole 30, and Keto, plus with easy modifications for AIP. 
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course


  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp avocado oil (or other high-heat oil)
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1.5 tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • meat tenderizer (optional)


  • Mix marinade ingredients together in a Ziplock
  • Add steak to bag, seal, and refrigerate for 2-4
    hours before cooking.
  • If desired, tenderize steak before marinating.
  • For best results, cook low and slow on the grill.
Keyword gluten-free, quick, steak
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Thursday 11th of March 2021

Oh, wow! This looks delicious! So much so that I have bookmarked this recipe. Your idea of steak and eggs sounds really good. Served with onions, peppers, and mushrooms sounds mouth-watering too. Thank you so much for sharing.


Friday 12th of March 2021

Yes! Steak and eggs is sooo good!


Thursday 11th of March 2021

Wow this looks delicious! I will definitely have to try it!

Esmé Slabbert

Thursday 17th of October 2019

Oh wow, I will for sure try this out soon. It does sound moorish and GF immediately grabbed my attention.


Friday 18th of October 2019

Oh, I hope you like it! :)


Sunday 22nd of September 2019

I am drooling over that perfectly seared steak!!

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