Marinating Tips and Recipes

Marinating Tips and Recipes

Summer’s here and that means it’s time to get outside and barbecue! I really hope you marinate your food before you cook it, otherwise you’re missing out on some real deliciousness. Keep reading for a few tips on marinating food and some of my favorite marinade recipes!

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Acid: Acids should always be a part of the marinade, because they not only work to tenderize the meat, but because they add some delicious depth of flavor. Some of my favorite acids to use in marinades are lemon juice, vinegar, and wine. Red wine works best for red meat and white wine works best for fish. 

Oil: Butter isn’t a good option here because of the high temperature used for grilling. The oil not only works to hold the rest of the ingredients together but it makes sure that the meat winds up moist and delicious. 

Salt: Salt must always be included in a marinade in one way or another. Personally, I find that a finely ground salt works the best, but things like soy sauce can be used instead. 

Spices: Garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, and some black pepper are the usual suspects in my marinades. Feel free to put any fresh or dried herbs in, as well. I like to rub the meat with the dry spices before placing into the rest of the mixture, but do whatever works best! 

White Wine Fish Marinade

1/3 C. dry white wine
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper 

Soy Sauce Marinade for Beef

½ C. soy sauce
½ C. water
2 Tbs. oil
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
1 Tbs. minced garlic

Tequila Lime Chicken Marinade

½ C. tequila
1 Tbs. onion powder
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
½ C. lime juice
¼ c. vegetable oil

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