The BEST Paleo Tri Tip Steak Marinade Recipe – just 4 ingredients! Served with red wine vinegar sautéed red onions. Bright, flavorful and delicious. Gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, soy free, clean eating, real food.
The pregnancy craving of red meat continues!
This Paleo Tri Tip Steak Marinade is the absolute most satiating meal I have found to meet my red meat cravings. Although, my paleo + whole30 burgers and my paleo + whole30 meatballs are pretty heavy contenders too.
I love steak, and I especially love using a cut like tri tip since I can pack in tons of flavor in the marinade, it feeds all of us for a whole lot less than if I was serving us filet mignon, and it does great on the grill which adds even more flavor to it.
I played around with a paleo friendly tri tip marinade to find one that I loved. A ton of recipes I tried use red wine, but honestly I don’t like the flavor and texture red wine gives to the tri tip. It almost makes it grainy? And too earthy. I wanted something to make it brighter and add tons more flavor.
Then I had a stroke of genius, what if I used red wine vinegar! I added in a few other essential ingredients to get the flavor I was hoping for, and it was the BEST paleo tri tip steak marinade I had ever! The umami flavor from the steak with the brightness of the red wine vinegar, sweetness from the honey, earthiness from the garlic and thyme. It is heavenly!
The paleo tri tip steak marinade is just 4 ingredients: red wine vinegar, honey, crushed garlic and dried thyme. And of course salt and pepper. So simple, and it is so delicious! Reminds me of the brightness you get from a great salad dressing. And the honey helps to get a great caramelized crust to the tri tip as it grills.
I combine all the ingredients in a ziploc bag and marinate the tri tip for at least 1 hour, or up 2 days.
The other important aspect of this paleo tri tip steak marinade is the red wine vinegar sautéed red onions. I just love sautéed onions and steak! I sauté the red onions as I normally do, and at the very end of cooking add in some red wine vinegar, honey and thyme.
It mimics the tri tip marinade and adds even more flavor and juiciness to the steak when it’s served on top. Do not skip these!
I have been loving this paleo tri tip steak marinade so much, we’ve been making it once a week. Almost always on Friday as a special weekend kickoff dinner. I serve it with roasted potatoes and a roasted vegetable.
Not only is it delicious, it’s so healthy! Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, soy free, refined sugar free, clean eating, real food.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1.5 pound tri tip roast
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 4 red onions, sliced 1/4″ thick
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme