10 ‘not your average’ marinades for your next dish

Making marinades doesn’t have to be a difficult task; a well balanced marinade usually consists of 4-5 things: fat (oil), acidity, salt and/or sweetness, and aromatics of herbs, garlic or onions. Salt, pepper and oil go a long way, but there’s always an option to kick it up a notch. I bet you have some of these ingredients already in your pantry or fridge.


  1. Mustard
    What does it pair well with?
    Chicken thighs, chicken breast, steak & fish
    Any kind of mustard is fine, however I’d stay away from the Heinz yellow mustard and go for a dijon or honey mustard instead
  2. Honey & Mustard Together
    What does it pair well with? Chicken thighs, chicken wings, chicken breast & steak
    Also add in a little acidity such as lemon juice
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar 
    What does it pair well with? Pork chops, ribs, chicken thighs & chicken breasts
    From the table to your stomach, ACV is such a wonderful multipurpose ingredient. As a marinade, ACV goes great with minced garlic, thyme, soy sauce (GF), lemon juice and brown sugar.
  4. Orange, Pineapple or Lime Juice 
    What does it pair well with? Chicken thighs, chicken wings & steak
    Have a left over bottle of juice in the fridge? Toss it together with some soy sauce (GF), lime juice, lime zest and garlic, and you’ve got yourself a delicious marinade.
  5. Wine
    What does it pair well with? Steak, chicken and seafood
    Who said you can’t ‘eat’ your wine too! Whisk together a few tablespoons of red wine with bay leaves, garlic cloves and oil. White wine pairs nicely with fish.
  6. Maple Syrup
    What does it pair well with? Chicken, steak and pork
    This pancake favorite topping can be used to bring a nice sweetness to a dish; to balance the salty and sweet flavors, mix it with some soy sauce (GF), ginger and garlic.
  7. Herbs & Olive Oil: Thyme, chives and rosemary
    What does it pair well with? Chicken, steak and pro
    Herbs can be used in a variety of ways for marinades; blend them together with olive oil and spread over your protein, or give them a rough chop and sprinkle them over your protein with some olive oil. 
  8. Balsamic Vinegar
    What does it pair well with? Chicken and steak
    Bring on the herbs here! Rosemary and garlic is a wonderful addition to the mix.
  9. Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
    What does it pair well with? Chicken, seafood and steak  
    This certainly takes your dish in a Thai direction – and I love it all! Mix with soy sauce (GF) and Sriracha, minced ginger and lime juice.
  10. Sriracha
    What does it pair well with? EVERYTHING! I love sriracha
    Add a little or a lot of spice to your marinade!

TIP: The left over marinade can be used as a base for your sauce. Add your left over marinade to a sauce pan and reduce until it becomes thicker. Key point here though is bringing the marinade to a FULL boil – don’t want to use a raw marinade, food safety is key! The protein can also be cooked in it’s marinade, which makes a nice sauce as well.