While it's a myth that marinades penetrate deep into meat (they mostly remain on the surface), they're still excellent flavor enhancers. Toss your steak in a marinade, like lemon and garlic or a basic balsamic vinaigrette, while you cut vegetables and then throw everything on the grill. You can also tenderize your meat in a marinade with ingredients such as pineapple, which contains an enzyme that breaks down meat's tough fibers over time. Use Food & Wine's guide to marinades for recipes with all of your favorite flavor combinations.

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17 Steak Marinade Recipes to Keep in Your Back Pocket
Taking the time to marinate your steak, whether for 15 minutes or several hours, can make a huge impact on its flavor. So we've rounded up some delicious options here, including a London broil that begins with a marinade flavored with Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, and a koji-cola marinade that's great with steak, salmon, chicken wings, lamb rib chops, and so much more. Read on for even more steak marinade recipes.
Pineapple-Soy Marinade
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That canned pineapple juice isn’t good for just piña coladas. Here it’s combined with soy, vinegar and garlic in the tastiest marinade for pork, chicken, beef and even swordfish and salmon. Slideshow: More Marinade Recipes 
Gin-and-Lemon Marinade
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This boozy gin-and-lemon marinade is a dream on chicken and pork, and also good on shrimp for a quick 15-minute marinade. Slideshow: More Marinade Recipes 
Tomato-Fennel Marinade
Fresh tomatoes and tomato paste combine to make an ultra-tomato-flavored marinade. It’s great on shrimp, fish and pork. Slideshow: More Marinade Recipes 
Sauce Verte
This fantastic herb sauce from Seattle chef Renee Erickson is delicious on so many things, like canned sardines, grilled or poached fish, roast chicken and smashed and fried potatoes.
These recipes—from a Puerto Rican-style marinade to a Sicilian lemon marinade—work on everything from seafood to chicken.

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Our best chimichurri recipe comes together quickly in the food processor, and tastes great on steak, fish, and chicken. Made from just a few pantry ingredients like red-wine vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper, and salt and pepper—plus two kinds of fresh herbs—this bright-green sauce from Argentina has amazing depth of flavor. It's especially delicious on anything grilled, but also works great on simply steamed vegetables and roasted meats.
Sweet Paprika Chimichurri
This recipe is traditionally made with ají molido, a sweet pepper powder similar to paprika, but slightly smokier.