In less than 5 minutes you can whip up a delicious steak fajita marinade that will infuse your steak with salsa verde, fajita spices and a hint of lime! It’s the perfect start to steak fajitas.
The Ultimate Steak Fajita Marinade
This steak fajita marinade packs all your favorite fajita flavors with a light and bright twist thanks to a dash of orange juice and lime zest. Use this steak fajita marinade on flank steak and whip up a batch of our steak fajita burritos today.
Why marinate your steak?
Tenderize: marinating your steaks in citrus and/or a vinegar-based product will help tenderize the meat. Perfect for fajitas!
Add flavor: this marinade will infuse your beef with tons of juicy flavors, complementing the steak’s natural flavor.
Steak Fajita Marinade Ingredients
What ingredients go in steak fajita marinade? There are some basic ingredients that are usually the base of a fajita marinade and we have added our own twist, too! Here is everything you need:
- Salsa verde: we love the flavor salsa verde gives this marinade, but feel free to use any blended salsa of your choice.
- Orange juice: a bit of orange juice lightens up this marinade and aids in tenderizing the steak before you cook it.
- Worcestershire sauce: many steak marinades have Worcestershire in them and this steak fajita marinade is no exception. Because it is a vinegar-based sauce that has ingredients like anchovies, garlic and tamarind it makes for a salty sauce that goes perfectly with steak.
- Lime zest: a freshly zested lime adds amazing tart and bright flavors to this marinade. Don’t skip it!
- Spices: we’re using classic fajita spices including chili powder, paprika, ground cumin and garlic powder.
- Olive oil: the olive oil binds all of the steak marinade ingredients together.
- Coarse sea salt: salt helps tenderize the meat as it marinades 😀
What kind of steak should I use for fajitas?
There are many different cuts of steak out there and you can marinate any cut of steak in this fajita marinade. We have personally used this steak fajita marinade with the following cuts of meat:
Other cuts of beef you can use for fajitas
- Skirt steak
Steak Fajita Burritos
Use this marinaded fajita steak to make our amazing steak burritos. You’ll love them!
How long should steaks marinate?
We recommend marinating steak for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight. The longer you marinate steak the more tender your steak will be. Unlike salmon, you can marinate steak for a bit longer without orange juice cooking the steak.
How to Marinate Steak for Fajitas (3 Steps)
- Combine: simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix to combine.
- Marinate: Place your steak into a dish or large gallon-size bag and pour in the marinade. Make sure that all sides are nice and coated.
- Let sit: Let steak marinate for at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight.
Steak Internal Temp
Everyone is different when it comes to how they like their steak. We are big fans of a medium-rare steak, but check the internal temperature of your steak when it’s almost done.
Medium Rare: 140ºF
Well Done: 165ºF
Remember, as your steak rests after it’s done cooking, the internal temperature will continue to raise around 5ºF.
Tips & Notes
Nutrition information does not include flank steak.
Calories: 61kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 0.3g Fat: 5g Fiber: 0.3g Sugar: 2g