Marinating your meat or chicken is a key element to getting the most flavour and softness out of your dish. Creating your own homemade marinade is a simple process that can be done often with ingredients you have in your pantry. Having a last-minute braai and wanting to rustle up a tasty homemade marinade recipe in no time? Here’s how;
All you’ll need is a few easy-to-find marinade ingredients and the rest is simple. We’ve put our heads together over here at whatsfordinner, and come up with a few recipes to follow for both red meat and chicken, that are quick to do and delicious too.
What are the Best Ingredients Used in Marinating? What can I Use for Marinade?
When it comes to marinating, the key is to create a dish of several flavours in that you will leave or baste your meat in for a while before cooking. The longer you leave the meat in the marinade sauce, the more flavour will be unleashed. Another little tip, is to pour all the excess marinade sauce over the meat when you’re about half way through cooking it or when you turn the meat over on the braai.
Marinade for Meat
Braaing lamb chops or a juicy beef fillet or rump? Here’s a curried marinade recipe that will have your guests begging for more:
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ginger, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp crushed garlic with chillies
- 1 ¼ tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp Robertson’s black pepper
- 1 ½ tbsp Rajah Hot curry powder
- Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, black pepper, rosemary, garlic, salt, black pepper and curry powder together.
- All your steak or chops to the marinade and seal it all in a zip lock bag. Give it a good turn to coat.
- Marinade in the fridge for 1 – 2 hours – the longer the better.
View the full Lamb Chops Curried Marinade recipe now.
Marinade for Chicken
For marinating chicken, you can afford to use slightly different ingredients for the marinade in order to bring out the more delicate, zesty flavours of the chicken. Here’s our curry and yoghurt marinade recipe that’s perfect for a chicken “flatty” or chicken breasts and thighs.
- ½ cup plain yoghurt
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp Rajah Mild Masala curry powder
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Salt and black pepper
- Mix the yoghurt, lemon juice, masala curry powder, garlic and tomato paste together in a bowl.
- Seasons to taste with salt and black pepper
- Add your chicken breasts or thighs into the bowl and coat.
- Cover the bowl and marinade in the fridge for 1 hour – again, the longer the better.
- View the full Curry and Yoghurt Marinated Chicken recipe now.
What are the Best Ingredients Used in Marinating?
When prepping for the marinade, make sure you buy the best marinade ingredients you can afford. Have a recipe ready to follow and you literally just need to mix them all together and add in your meat of choice. Refrigerate, marinade, braai or cook, and serve!
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