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Grilled Margarita Steak

There’s maybe nothing I love more than a Margarita. The tequila, lime, and orange flavor is irresistible. I’ve tried a tequila-type marinade with chicken before and I thought rib-eye steaks would be even better with these flavors.

Margarita Steaks - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

Rib-eyes have a fairly high fat content and as the meat grills, the fat melts and makes the most tender and flavorful meat. And it really soaks up the flavors of the marinade.

Margarita Steaks - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

I made a marinade out of tequila, triple sec, lime juice, garlic, and cilantro, plus a little sugar and a few red pepper flakes for even more flavor. I let the margarita steaks marinate for about 5 hours (4 to 6 hours is good). Be sure to pat the steaks dry before you grill them to get a really nice char.

I cooked them on a hot grill (you could use a grill pan instead) and you’re going to laugh. The last few times I’ve grilled on our new grill, I’ve been wondering why the grill marks were so wide. I mentioned it to my husband. Well, it turns out the grill grates were upside down! Well, even with the fat grill marks, these steaks were still unbelievable. I love a juicy rib-eye. Even more so when flavored like a margarita.

Margarita Steak - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

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Margarita Steaks - juicy rib-eyes marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec.

Margarita Steak

Juicy Grilled Margarita Steak marinated in tequila, lime, and triple sec. The next best thing to drinking a margarita!
PREP: 4 hours
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons triple sec
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 4 Rib-Eye Steaks


  • Combine all ingredients in a ziptop bag, coating steak well. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Place steak on counter 20 minutes before ready to grill.
  • Heat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grates
  • Discard marinade and pat steaks dry with paper towels.
  • Place on gill for 5 minutes, flip steaks, and continue to grill until desired degree of doneness.


This marinade gives the steak a little bit of a sweet taste. If you don't want sweetness, cut sugar in half.
You can substitute orange juice for triple sec.


Calories: 687kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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19 thoughts on “Grilled Margarita Steak”

  1. Robert Breeding

    WOW! I was very skeptical about this recipe …made it according to the instructions …and, it turned out sooooo darn good. I served it with salsa verde (recommended from a similar recipe) and it was a big hit with me (a Gringo) and my Costa Rican family members …young and old, male and female. Served with the salsa verde …it went way beyond expectations!!! Maybe not a pure steak lovers steak, but a real adventure in in flavor. Try it!!! And …although probably very good without it …salsa verde (a salsa with tomatillos) is recommended to launch your steak into another dimension.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. This steak looks to die for! I love a good margarita too, and marinating a steak in those flavors is a terrific idea. Thanks for the post.

  3. WoW!!
    This is going to be such a hit with my hubby, he’s a big time grilled meat guy.
    Any grilled meat is always good, but adding this marinade is tops!
    Thanks Christin!

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    You’ve cooked this steak to perfection Christin! Looks so charred and delicious..

  5. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    This marinade sounds like summer a jar! With all the gross cold weather we’ve been having up north, I should make a gallon of this and use it on everything until summer actually shows up. 😀 Pinning!

  6. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I am picky about steak because it isn’t worth eating unless it is cooked perfectly. And this steak is perfect! I love the margarita seasoning. I want this for dinner tonight!

  7. This steak looks to die for! I love a good margarita too, and marinating a steak in those flavors is a terrific idea! 🙂

  8. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    That marinade of tequila, triple sec, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, and red pepper flakes sounds fantastic! It would be great with chicken too! Christin, your steaks look gorgeous – and I don’t even eat beef!

  9. Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    This steak looks crazy delicious! Love the flavours – so perfect and tasty!

  10. Olivia @ Olivia's Cuisine

    God, I could eat this steak right now! You got me all drooling over these pictures. Haven’t tried a tequila marinade before but love the idea!!!

  11. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a gorgeous steak, Christin! My husband would go nuts over this. Love the flavors in here! Pinned!

  12. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    I can hardly stand how perfectly tender and juicy this steak looks, Christin! You’re making me very anxious for summer and grilling season to get here!

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