How to Marinate and Spice Up your Meat and Fish

Aug 5, 2011
E. Brandy

how-Marinate-Meat and Fish

Alittle olive oil, herbs and some spices immediately enhance the taste of your summer barbecues…  Let’s see how.
Who says barbecue, says marinades! They are used to flavor your meats and fish before placing on the grill. They are used for both electric barbecue and traditional. And thanks to the various marinade recipes, our grill will acquire beautiful colors. You can provide a variety of flavors to your dishes with these ideas.

The marinade, how does it work?

There are many kinds of marinades: usually, they are made based on olive oil. But one can imagine marinating foods in any other liquid (honey, yogurt, lemon …)
In general, it is better to let meat soak for at least one hour, and sometimes it is even recommended to do this for several hours. Beware of fish, which “cooks” under the particular influence of lemon. It is therefore recommended not to let them marinate for too long.

Another tip- place your food into a freezer bag to marinade and flavor. First, dishes get less dirty, plus this method is practical enough to distribute the marinade evenly: just put it in the refrigerator, and voila!

Marinades made simple!

Start with small, simple ideas: marinate red meat or pork in a mixture of olive oil and herbs (such as thyme, for example). You will see that your grill will get another tasty dimension. You can play with different herbs to create different flavors which will marry with the meat.

Always an easy and good choice- dilute a good dose of paprika in olive oil, then let pork ribs marinate in this mixture for several hours, after having placed it in a bag for the refrigerator. You’ll get a nice grilled and fragrant red colored meat.

Marinate fish

Salmon can be marinated in a little olive oil with lemon and chives.

Swordfish: it can be marinated in olive oil, lime juice, a clove of garlic, a seeded and chopped little pepper, paprika and a little pinch of cumin. Or simply lime, garlic and olive oil. In the absence of swordfish, you can use tuna.

Marinate the rabbit!

You may think about meat at large when it comes to barbecue. Rabbit is well suited to this exercise: to prepare a marinade, you will need olive oil, some fresh or ground ginger, chopped coriander, lemon juice, salt and pepper .

Bittersweet flavors

Sweet and sour amateur? Try this recipe: Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of vinegar (balsamic or wine, your choice), 2 tablespoons of liquid honey, 1 tablespoon of mustard, 1 minced clove garlic, a pinch of salt and some pepper. Marinate pork with this recipe and it will be delicious. You get the sweetness of honey mixed with the pungent vinegar.

For a simpler version, a little mustard, honey and vinegar, and voila.

To make your pork ribs look painted, you can try this marinade: a bit of liquid honey, a tablespoon of olive oil, chopped garlic, a little powdered sugar or brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. You can also add some spices of your choice to the marinade. Thus, mixing honey, Tabasco, paprika, ketchup and vinegar works great.

Caramelize it all!

A caramel marinade can also be very tasty: Use this for poultry and marinate in maple syrup, lemon, soy sauce and some chopped garlic.

You can also use soy sauce and honey that you mix together. Note that the asian Hoisin sauce is also used in marinades for making grilled chicken caramelize. Mix soy sauce, ketchup, honey, brown sugar, wine vinegar and chopped garlic for a good marinade.

For fans of spices

Another recipe, which requires a long time to marinate is the Chich Taouk. From Lebanese origin, it is a treat for barbecue! Detail diced chicken, then make the marinade: you need the juice of one lime, 2 chopped cloves garlic, a dose of saffron, four tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon (more if you like) of each of these spices: pepper, cumin, cinnamon and sumac. Flavor with a teaspoon of thyme, and let it marinate in this mixture for several hours before assembling them on skewers. Baste with marinade while cooking on the grill. A real treat!

And if you want to use spices with ease, just put a little olive oil, cumin, lemon and pepper.

 Kebabs for dessert?

Finish with good fruit skewers as a dessert: pineapple for example. Marinate the pieces in their own juice supplemented with vanilla, sugar, brown sugar and lime. You can use cinnamon for apples, for example, and honey, with a hint of lemon.

After the marinade: sauces…

Another key to make during these summer meals- sauces. Consider the virgin sauce, chutney, lemon curd sauce, barbecue sauce and red pepper coulis. These will be perfect accompaniment to grilled meats!

What about your own homemade marinades and grilling tips?

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