Mayonnaise grilled rosemary garlic steak

This easy garlic steak is grilled with mayonnaise and you won’t believe how juicy and delicious the steak turns out. Perfect for weekend entertaining.

Mayonnaise grilled rosemary garlic steak

Yes,  you read that right. Slathering your steak in mayonnaise and then grilling it might not be something you’ve ever thought of doing but I’m here to tell you that you really should. If you think about it, mayonnaise is largely comprised of oil and most marinades consist of oil and flavourings. It makes total sense.

Now, I don’t know the science behind this but grilling your steak with mayonnaise really does result in meat that is juicier and more flavourful. I assume because the mayo steaks to the meat so well, it really allows the aromatics you add to it to stick to the meat, whereas with a marinade most of those ingredients don’t actually adhere to the meat. You also don’t have to marinate the meat for hours like you would with a regular marinade. Something in the mayo (I honestly don’t know what) does a great job of keeping the meat super juicy and tender.

I used Hellmann’s mayonnaise (like always) because the flavour is neutral and unobtrusive and it really allows the garlic and rosemary to shine. And you can play with the flavours you’d like to add because anything goes. And let’s be honest, it’s going to be a real conversation starter when you start slathering your steaks with seasoned mayo and throw them on the grill. But more than that, your guests will be completely delighted and blown away by this most unusual cooking method and how incredibly delicious the steak turns out.

Mayonnaise grilled rosemary garlic steak

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Mayonnaise grilled rosemary garlic steak

Mayonnaise grilled rosemary garlic steak

This easy garlic steak is grilled with mayonnaise and you won’t believe how juicy and delicious the steak turns out. Perfect for weekend entertaining.
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Course: Dinner, Easy Dinner, Gluten free, Grilling, Steak
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe, steak, Steak recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
Servings: 2


  • 2 200g Rib-eye steaks
  • 1 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • lemon wedges to serve


  • Pre-heat a griddle pan (or your grill) until hot and smoking. 
  • Combine the mayonnaise, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. 
  • Generously brush the mayonnaise mixture over both sides of the steak. 
  • Place the steak onto the griddle pan. Cook the steak until done to your preference (I prefer rare-medium rare steak and always take my steak off a little before it’s done as it will continue cooking while resting. As these steaks weren’t very thick, I cooked them for 2 minutes per side). 
  • Remove the steaks from the pan and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Serve with fresh lemon wedges 



Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  1. Actually, I’ve used mayonnaise to brush on my Thanksgiving turkey in the past. I thought it helped with the browning and added moisture to the bird. I never thought about using it on steak! Are there other spices you would substitute if someone doesn’t care for rosemary? Love the idea of this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

    1. I actually really love lemon with steak. Similar to how the acidity in chimichurri works well, I think lemon really adds to a steak. But feel free to leave it out. 🙂