Favorite Marinades

Chowhounds share their favorite marinades for veggies, meats, chicken, and seafood. Remember not to let fish or chicken sit in any marinade with citrus for long, as it will begin to break down their proteins. The max is fifteen minutes for fish, and thirty minutes for chicken.

Olive oil and fish sauce is foodio’s all time favorite marinade for veggies (especially zucchini and red onions). Sounds odd, but he swears the fish sauce penetrates the veggies as they cook, the fishy taste disappears, and the veggies melt in your mouth.

For lamb, cheryl h recommends red wine, soy, tamarind or vinegar, ground black and white peppercorns, and ground mustard seed.

For beef, Pei likes sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, scallions, and some citrus.

For chicken, try diced onions, chopped rosemary, cracked black pepper, salt, and the juice of a lemon. Or cilantro, chiles, garlic, lime, and salt, pounded in a mortar and pestle.

For salmon: soy, maple syrup, minced fresh ginger, lime juice and zest. For tuna: lime juice, soy sauce, and honey. For shrimp or scallops: minced fresh ginger, lime juice and zest, cayenne pepper or ground fresh chiles.

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