Marinade Recipes

A while back, someone asked about marinade recipes.  I’ve been making my own marinades for ages, mainly b/c they taste so much better than the ones you can buy already prepared at the grocery store.  But now that I know what’s in the ready-made ones, I am committed to making mine from scratch from now on.

This is a very easy change you can make to your menu planning, and it’s so much better for you.  It’s best if you grow a few of the most basic herbs, because fresh herbs make the marinade so much better and they can get expensive.

I always keep olive oil, soy sauce*, and fresh garlic in the house, and I try to keep lemons around. It seems that most marinade recipes use those ingredients.

*A note about soy sauce. Naturally fermented soy sauce is much better for you than the conventional kind we typically buy. And if you are eating gluten-free, you need to be sure to buy the gluten-free version.

Here are a few of my favorite marinades:

Or try this version from Barefoot Contessa.

Here are some more of Ina’s marinade recipes.  I’ve tried most of these, and I’ve never made anything of hers I don’t like.

Herb-Marinated Pork Tenderloins
Marinated Lamb Kebabs
Asian Grilled Salmon
Tuscan Lemon Chicken
Tequila Lime Chicken

I’m going to add a MckLinky to this post in case anyone has a marinade recipe they’d like to share.  You can, of course, just type it into the comments, but if you’d prefer to write a post and link in, feel free to do that too!



  1. says

    This is delicious with fish, but also with chicken and especially veggies. I marinate extra large mushrooms and thickly sliced red bell peppers for grilling. This also makes a great salad dressing for pasta salad.

    2-3 tbsp finely minced red onion
    3 tbsp basil pesto (jarred from the super market)
    4 tbsp good white wine vinegar
    1 tbsp Dijon
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  2. says

    These look amazing! Will definitely spice up my standard olive oil with Italian seasoning that I make with *everything*. Also FYI, I loved the tomato sauce recipe – had your video going on my laptop in the kitchen while I prepared it!

  3. says

    YUM! That teriyaki marinade sounds great…I’m going to have to try that with Salmon. :)
    Thanks for sharing your recipes. By the way, I’m having a giveaway on my blog and I know you like to cook, so you may be interested – please stop by! ;)

  4. says

    Like you, I make all homemade marinades around here. So much tastier – and healthier too, I’m sure.

    Quick question about garlic: how long does it last (and how do you know when it is bad)?

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