Marinated Beef

Try this easy marinade for a super tangy, flavorful beef meal!


  • 12 ounce beef, top, round
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or cut into very small pieces (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Using a cutting board and a sharp knife, cut round steak across the grain into thin strips about 1/2-inch wide and 2 to 3 inches long.
  2. In a medium glass mixing bowl, combine garlic, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Add beef strips into oil mixture that you just made. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about 2 hours or overnight.
  4. In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil for 1-2 minutes until hot.
  5. Drain marinade from beef. Throw away any extra marinade.
  6. Put beef in skillet, stir and cook about 5-7 minutes or until meat is thoroughly browned and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.


  • For more tender meat, slice into very thin strips.
  • Instead of the lemon juice, try 2 tablespoons of lime juice of 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
  • Partially freeze meat for easier slicing.
  • Note that thin slices will cook more quickly.
  • You can use marinade as a sauce, so long as you bring it to a rolling boil to make sure all bacteria is killed.

 Cut Down on Choking:

For kids 2-4 years old, serve food in the following way:

  • Cut beef into 1/2 inch pieces