Homemade Steak Sauce or Marinade

by Sarah Condiments, RecipesComments: 15


homemade steak sauceIn my Basic Dressings and Sauces Video, I demonstrate how to make 8 different condiments and dressings in a snap.  Due to time constraints and trying the keep the video under 10 minutes, I didn’t include a homemade steak sauce.

Store bought steak sauce is something I stopped buying years ago as it seems they are all loaded with MSG.  And, that little tray of various steak sauces that they bring you in a steak restaurant?   Steer clear unless having a really bad headache or migraine within the next day or two is your goal!

By the way, don’t forget to tell the waiter to tell the chef not to brush anything on your steak before it’s grilled – yeah, an msg based flavor enhancer is frequently used at steak restaurants to make them mouth watering (and headache inducing, but most folks fail to connect the dots on that one).

If you’ve been wondering how to whip together a delicious homemade steak sauce to use with those grilled grassfed steaks over the weekend, search no more.  Here’s a homemade steak sauce recipe to try:

Homemade Steak Sauce

Makes 1 cup


1/2 cup organic ketchup (where to find)

1 TBL grainy mustard (where to find)

1 TBL lemon juice

3 TBL grassfed butter or ghee (where to find)

2 TBL dry sherry

1 tsp fish sauce (where to find)

dash of Tabasco sauce

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper


Mix all ingredients in a small glass mason jar set in a small pan of simmering water.  Stir a few times until the butter or ghee is melted and the sauce is warm.  Serve.

Store leftover homemade steak sauce in the refrigerator.

Homemade steak sauce typically keeps for about a month.

More Information

How to Order Steak at a Restaurant and Not Be Sick Later

Homemade Chicken Marinade


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source:  Wise Traditions Conference 2007, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Sally Fallon Morell

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Comments (15)

  • Esther

    just found your site, Sarah, through the Well Fed Homestead. I’ve recently discovered it and some other “real food” blogs that I am SOOO excited about. I love making things like this from scratch and will definitely be using some of your recipes. Excited to check your site out more. :)

    December 8th, 2011 5:43 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    Sarah – I made this sauce for dinner tonight. Holy moly it was wonderful!!! Soooo much better than the store bought, bottled junk. My husband went on and on about how great it was. Another homemade condiment = progress at our house! Thank you so very, very much!!!

    August 28th, 2011 9:11 pm Reply
  • Karen Stoneking

    Hi Sarah,
    I have been subscribing to your emails for awhile now. We have limited resources but are taking teeny tiny baby steps regarding a traditional foods lifestyle. As I am considering buying lard at the store, I investigated the products available. The ones I have found have some additives. Are these safe?
    Thanks, Karen

    August 28th, 2011 3:39 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Karen, it is best to buy lard from a small farm. I would not buy from the store. I would suggest ordering the Shopping Guide for $1 from the WAPF (westonaprice.org/shoppingguide)

      This has places you can mail order good quality lard for a good price from small farms if you don’t have any in your area.

      August 28th, 2011 5:07 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Is there anything you could substitute for the sherry?

    August 27th, 2011 10:03 pm Reply
  • Amity Moffatt (@amitymoffatt)

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    August 27th, 2011 2:50 pm Reply
  • Jenny

    What is fish sauce?

    August 27th, 2011 11:32 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You can get it at an Asian supermarket. It is fermented anchovies, salt, and water.

      August 27th, 2011 3:24 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Hi, Sarah, the recipe looks great, do you use it for anything else?
    One thing, I went over to your Basic Dressings and Sauces video but the link to the WestonAPrice source was broken. Do you have another way for me to get to the written recipes? Thx!

    August 27th, 2011 10:55 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Karen, don’t know what happened with that link. I’ve fixed it now so you can click over to get the transcript. Thanks for letting me know.

      August 27th, 2011 3:23 pm Reply
  • Paul Hardiman via Facebook

    Sarah, U R a jewel.

    August 26th, 2011 2:51 pm Reply
  • Heather

    I always loved steak sauce, but then I changed my way of eating and had to cut it out of my diet. I don’t even miss steak sauce now.

    August 26th, 2011 2:32 pm Reply
  • Pamela Salerno-Bell via Facebook

    We stopped buying them ages ago too, but because of HFCS. My hubby’s been making ours ever since and they are so so much yummier!

    August 26th, 2011 1:12 pm Reply
  • Health, it’s a God thing via Facebook

    I just took a steak out and I am trying this tonight! Thank you :-)

    August 26th, 2011 12:34 pm Reply
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    August 26th, 2011 12:24 pm Reply

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