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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.