11 Marvelous Marinades Made In Minutes! Plus, A Giveaway!

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One of our favorite things to cook on the grill in the summertime is Marinated Flank Steak. It’s quick and easy and great for just the family or for entertaining a crowd. But as I was making it this past weekend I began to think about maybe mixing it up with a different marinade. I’ve always used Mr. Yoshida’s Marinade and Cooking Sauce for this dish…and while it is completely DELICIOUS, I thought it would be fun to try something new.

I started doing some research and came up with some delicious sounding ideas and then I remembered something that was posted as a comment in our most recent “One Good Thing By YOU Giveaway”  back in January! (How I remembered that I will never know! lol) It was from a reader by the name of Amy B and she shared with us her Dad’s California Marinade. It took some time to track it down amongst all the great ideas that were shared, but I eventually did and today I’m going to share it with you!

But FIRST, let’s talk a little bit about marinades in general.  Marinades not only add flavor to your favorite meat, it makes it more tender and juicy. All you is need is three basic components.

1) An acid such as lemon juice, vinegar, yogurt, or wine. The acid breaks down the meat, tenderizing it.

2) The oil. This protects and preserves the food while it is marinating and when it’s being cooked.

3)  Any herb and/or spice. This is what gives a marinade its unique flavor.

By experimenting with these 3 basic components of marinade, you can come up with some tasty combinations!

 

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Here are some general guidelines for marinating:

 

  • Meat and poultry are generally marinated for 2 hours up to 2 days.
  • Seafood and fish should be marinated for no longer than one hour.
  • Use a nonreactive container such as plastic or glass. Stay away from aluminum, copper, or cast iron.
  • Wait for your marinade to cool down before pouring over the meat of your choice.
  • Always refrigerate your meat while it’s marinating.
  • Never reuse marinades! You can save any UNused marinade, but once it’s been poured over meat, it can’t be reused.

 

Now, back to Amy B’s marinade. Amy said her Dad made this marinade for almost every family gathering and after looking at it, I can see why!  I can’t wait to make it myself!

Amy B’s California Marinade

Amy B's California Marinade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oil
  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard (not dry mustard)
  • 2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic-chopped
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Mix everything together and marinate meat, chicken or pork at least 2 hours (overnight is best) Grill, broil or bake as usual and enjoy!

 

Here are a few MORE marvelous marinades that can be made in minutes!

 

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Coffee Marinade

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You can marinate pork chops, chicken, steak, or any game meat in coffee. The coffee will give the meat a lovely smoky taste.

Coffee Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strong brewed COLD coffee
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
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In a medium non-reactive bowl, whisk the above ingredients until well blended. The marinade will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

 

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Teriyaki Marinade

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This traditional Japanese marinade is widely popular and simple to make. The basic ingredient is soy sauce which sweetens and caramelizes when cooked.

Teriyaki Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sake or mirin
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
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Whisk soy sauce, sake (or mirin), brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a bowl until the sugar is dissolved.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

 

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Greek Marinade

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With a touch of sourness, thanks to the lemon, this authentic Greek marinade is a must-try! The marinade suits any meat.

Greek Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 8 lamb rib or loin chops or chicken breast, cut 1/2 inch thick
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Place all ingredients in a bowl, and then add meat.

 

 

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Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

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Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

Ingredients

  • 3 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary (or 2 tablespoons dried rosemary)
  • 1/4 cup of olive or salad oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
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Cut lemons in half and squeeze out the juice into a nonreactive bowl or resealable plastic bag. Add in remaining ingredients, mix well. Great for chicken. Marinate for 2 hours.

 

 

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Korean BBQ Marinade

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Korean BBQ Marinade

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
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In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. Place meat in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or overnight.

 

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Seafood Marinade

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This is a great marinade for any fish; start marinating at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour before grilling.

Seafood Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
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Combine all ingredients in a plastic food storage bag or marinade dish.
Add 4- 6 oz seafood fillets of your choice.
Refrigerate for at least 40 minutes.
Discard marinade and broil seafood for 3 to 4 minutes on on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 

 

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Balsamic Marinade

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Balsamic is one of the weaker vinegars, so you don’t have to worry about over-marinating. This works equally well for steak, pork, and chicken.

Balsamic Marinade

Ingredients

  • A few splashes of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to cover all sides
  • Thyme (fresh or otherwise)
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Rub the meat with all the ingredients. This is more of a wet rub, but it will impart a lot of flavor. Leave the meat in the fridge for half an hour before cooking.

 

 

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Marinade

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Combine:

Sweet and Sour Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
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Smoky Barbecue Chicken Marinade

Combine:

Smoky Barbecue Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
  • Dash of Sriracha or Tabasco sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 6-8 drops liquid smoke
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The VERY strong natural flavoring of the liquid smoke adds delicious smokey flavor notes that substitute nicely for bacon and other smoked meats. A great vegetarian option.

 

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Lime and Cilantro Chicken Marinade

Combine:

Lime and Cilantro Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lime juice—about 10-14 limes
  • 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced or 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
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