Quick and Easy All-Purpose Marinade

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Quick and Easy Marinade

For most of us, grilling season is upon us and for those of us who are still braving some cooler temps, it won’t be long.  Grilling some chicken this weekend, I realized I had never shared my super simple marinade with y’all.  This all-purpose marinade is probably one of the first recipes that I developed all by myself.  I was probably 7 or 8 when I started mixing various liquids from various jar in the refrigerator to season my favorite grilled meat.  The ingredients changed over the years as I learned more about marinades and the job of the various components in them.  This is the final version that I’ve been using for years.  It’s great for nearly everything including chicken, pork, beef, veggies, even fish.  We love it at our house and I know y’all will too.

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Quick and Easy Marinade
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  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ⅓ cup olive/vegetable/canola oil
  • juice of ½ lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  1. Combine the ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake well to mix. Marinate for 30 minutes to overnight.

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  1. Can’t wait to try this! Looks great.

  2. This sounds perfectly delicious. I can’t wait to get my grill on with this!!! Yummy!!

  3. This appeals to me because there are no exotic, unobtainable ingredients and it fits my budget and time schedule.

  4. Looking at a high temp of 82 degrees today in Beaufort,SC and the grill is calling. Thanks for a great go to marinade for the spring and summer (and fall and winter)!

  5. great recipe! I am definitely going to try this one! Thanks Stacey for your wonderful recipes!

  6. I can’t use regular sugar, do you think I could use splenda?

  7. I found this on Pinterest and tried it that night. Only word to describe…DELICIOUS! Was the best grilled chicken I have had in a long time. Thanks for the recipe!!

  8. Do you use all three oils or is it a choice of these three. Sounds great and I want to try it.

  9. I bought a big 2 1/2 lb flank steak, pounded it unmercifully to tenderize and stuck a fork in it a few hundred times. Then immersed it in a container with this marinade and put in the refrig for 24 hours. Grilled on a hot grille for 10 minutes on each side, until it was medium rare to medium. Let it set for five minutes and then carved diagonally into thin strips.

    The marinade was perfect, and the meat had a flavor that was absolutely delicious. Served with grilled onions, French bread and a mild horseradish sauce and a cold tossed salad.

    Our guest are still raving about the dinner. The marinade was the difference that turned a relatively inexpensive piece of beef into a tender, succulent meal. Thanks Stacy.

  10. I have been looking for an easy to make marinade and this looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Will not having Worcestershire be a huge comprise? Any substitution recommendations?

  12. kay hirsch says:

    if baking in oven how long and and what tenp?

  13. Lina Bradshaw says:

    Can you use this recipe for canning so it doesn’t have to be refrigerated until opened and can be shelf stable for gift giving. If so, are any of the ingredients changed or extra ingredients added for that and how long do I process it for a water bath method? Thank you for sharing, sounds awesome!

  14. This is the only marinade I use for chicken. Everyone loves it!

  15. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I can not wait to try it.

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