Copycat Cafe Rio Steak Marinade Recipe

Well, as of today it’s officially official – we’ve moved to Los Angeles! My husband got a job working for an accounting firm downtown and we are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives. One thing I will greatly miss about Utah is the Cafe Rio that was literally 3 minutes down the street from where we lived. I probably frequented there one too many times ­čśë but I just love their food! Now that the closest one is more than 30 minutes away, and riding in the car is becoming a little uncomfortable thanks to the babies, I usually end up trying to make things at home as ┬ámuch as possible. I love their steak whether it’s in a burrito, enchilada, or on a salad, but it is SO easy to make at home, too! It’s just a few ingredients and it makes for great-tasting meat.

Serves: 4

Cafe Rio Steak Marinade Recipe

Only a few ingredients to this super-easy steak marinade, and I bet you have them in your pantry already!

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds steak (sliced about 1/2 inch thick)


  1. In a medium tupperware container or re-sealable bag, whisk together your honey, soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger and garlic.
  2. Add in your steak, and mix until coated.
  3. Marinade for at least 30 minutes (sometimes I'll even let it sit overnight for great flavor).
  4. Grill over medium heat until steak pieces reach desired doneness.


*this also makes a yummy chicken marinade, too.

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6 Responses to “Copycat Cafe Rio Steak Marinade Recipe”

    • Hi Jennie! He met so many wonderful people at the blogging conference you were at. He told me that I might get a few comments. Thanks so much for stopping by our blog. I went to your blog and pinned your Cinnamon Roll Muffins for next Saturday. They look delicious! I hope you can come to our Build Your Blog Conference in February! I would love to meet you! Have a great week and drop by and say Hi every now and then! :)

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