FoodExplore the world of marinades: Boost flavors with these recipes

Explore the world of marinades: Boost flavors with these recipes

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2:03 PM EDT, May 30, 2024

It adds flavor, making products tender and more juicy. The marinade can bring out the best in meats, fish, or vegetables, provided it has the right ingredients. Here are some examples.

Bison grass marinade

The bison grass has various applications. For example, the French add it to candies. It also works great in a meat marinade, whether it's popular pork neck or game meat, such as venison steak.

In health food stores, especially online, you can buy dried bison grass, which is a much more valuable culinary product than fresh — its strong aroma is activated only during drying. Mix a few stalks with apple cider vinegar (4 tablespoons), honey (1 tablespoon), oil (4 tablespoons), juniper berries (6), garlic (2 cloves), salt, and pepper. Cover the meat with the prepared marinade and leave it for 24 hours.

Teriyaki marinade

Known since the 17th century, the Japanese cooking technique involves glazing meats or fish with a marinade based on soy sauce, mirin wine (obtained by mixing lightly fermented rice, a special type of mold, and rice vodka), and sugar. Teriyaki works great for grilled salmon.

You need the same amount (about ¼ cup) of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and mirin wine. Pour everything into a pot, add two tablespoons of sugar or honey, a grated piece of ginger, and 2-3 cloves of garlic pressed through a press. Boil for 10 minutes. After cooling, marinate the fish for 1-2 hours.

Cayenne marinade

An American favorite. A real craze for it erupted in the 1960s when Buffalo Wings, whose marinade was made up of cayenne sauce, began to gain popularity.

The most challenging task may be obtaining fresh cayenne peppers (red or green), which do not often appear in Polish stores. You need about 1 pound. Wash the peppers, then chop them fairly finely, as well as the garlic (6 cloves). Transfer both products to a saucepan, pour in white wine vinegar (¾ cup), add salt and sugar (1 teaspoon each), bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. After it cools slightly, blend until the desired consistency is achieved, then strain through a fine sieve. Marinate chicken, for example, with the resulting sauce.

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Mustard marinade

The vinegar present in mustard makes the meat (e.g., pork neck) tender and juicy, so the famous sauce should be used for preparing marinades.

The task is simple: Mix mustard (3 tablespoons) thoroughly with olive oil (3 tablespoons), garlic pressed through a press (1 clove), ketchup (1 tablespoon), and spices such as salt, pepper, and dried rosemary. You can also add honey (1-2 tablespoons). If you like spicy flavors, use hot mustard and add cayenne pepper to the emulsion. Cover the meat for grilling with this marinade and set it in the fridge, preferably overnight.

Tea marinade

Tea leaves contain a large amount of tannins, organic compounds that act as antibiotics, and natural tenderizers, such as for meat. Therefore, they are a great ingredient in marinades.

How to prepare it: Brew two cups of black tea (the Darjeeling variety works great). After cooling, mix the brew with soy sauce (¼ cups), maple syrup (1 tablespoon), and canola oil (2 teaspoons). Rub chicken, pork, or steak with the emulsion and marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.

Maple marinade

If you rub roasting or grilled meat with an emulsion prepared from maple syrup before cooking, it will gain an extraordinary taste and aroma.

Mix the syrup (2 tablespoons) with Dijon mustard (2 teaspoons), freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 tablespoon), soy sauce (1 tablespoon), and garlic pressed through a press (2 cloves), and finally season with salt, pepper, and sweet paprika. Of course, the meat should spend an hour in this marinade in a cool place.


The famous Argentinian sauce works great as a marinade for grilled meats, fish, or vegetables. Although its name sounds exotic, chimichurri can be prepared without any problem from ingredients often used in America.

Chop washed and dried parsley finely (you will need about 1 cup) and fresh oregano or cilantro (1 tablespoon), which are not mandatory additions. Press 4-5 garlic cloves through a press. Transfer all the ingredients into a bowl, pour olive oil (½ cup), red wine vinegar (3-4 tablespoons), or lime juice, and season with a pinch of chili flakes, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Mix thoroughly and let it sit in a covered dish for at least an hour.

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