This all-purpose marinade recipe comes together in just a few minutes and calls for ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Use this on things like vegetables and chicken breasts all summer long!
Why you should make this marinade:
This is the best marinade for those hot summer months when grilling season is at its peak! It’s filled with pantry staples and it’s zesty flavor is way better than any store-bought marinate you’ll find.
Ingredients for this perfect marinade:
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- Grainy mustard
- Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper
How to make one of the best marinade recipes:
The best part of putting together a homemade marinade is that anyone can do it! You just add the ingredients into a ziplock bag or large container, then add in your chicken wings, pork chops, or whatever type of meat and vegetables you’re marinating. Allow it to sit to absorb the flavors and you’re ready for grilling!
I recommend allowing whatever you’re marinating to sit for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This ensures that all those delicious flavors will come through in the end result. Feel free to let it sit for as long as overnight though!
You can grill, bake or use a stovetop to cook the marinated food. I recommend the grill because since this marinade has sugar in it, it becomes super caramelized whenever you cook it at high temperatures and I enjoy that flavor.
- 1 large bowl
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 lemon juiced
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp grainy mustard
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
- Mix well and add whatever you're marinading.
- Cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
If you’re marinating vegetables, feel free to reuse the extra marinade for something else (even as a salad dressing) later! If you’re marinating meat, be sure to dispose of the leftover marinade to ensure you are not risking exposure to bacteria from raw meat that could potentially make you ill.