mar·​i·​nade | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈnād How to pronounce marinade (audio) , ˌma-rə-\

Definition of marinade

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: a savory usually acidic sauce in which meat, fish, or a vegetable is soaked to enrich its flavor or to tenderize it


marinaded; marinading

Definition of marinade (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of marinade in a Sentence


a variety of spicy marinades

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Reserve half the marinade for basting and the rest to serve with the venison loin. National Geographic, "Grilled Venison Strip Loin," 2 July 2019 Keep in mind that longer isn’t necessarily better, as acidic marinades and salty brines will eventually cause the texture of meat to deteriorate. Angela Davis, Washington Post, "Turn to these food safety tips the next time you grill — for your most successful cookout yet," 20 June 2019 Brush several times with the marinade in the first few minutes of cooking on each side. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Salty-sweet pork chops are great for weeknight grilling," 19 June 2019 Transfer salmon, skin-side down, to baking sheet, reserving 2 table-spoons marinade., "Kardashian Family Nutritionist Philip Goglia Shares One of Khloe’s ‘Favorite’ Dinner Recipes," 6 June 2019 Consider rubs or marinades if eating chicken routinely to break up dinner monotony. Ann Maloney,, "The thighs have it! Chicken pieces keep juicy flavor," 25 June 2019 Chermoula is a traditional Moroccan marinade made with hefty amounts of cilantro, lemon and garlic that packs a big flavor punch. Washington Post, "For a zippy cauliflower salad, why not go to Morocco?," 24 June 2019 There were no fancy sauces or marinades, but the meats were succulent and toothsome. Adam Rosenbaum,, "Eating and drinking my way through Japan," 11 June 2019 The slices also create space for the marinade sink into the starchy flesh. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "This Sweet and Spicy Grilled Squash Goes Out to All the Vegetarians at the Barbecue," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Pound thickest part of chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thick, add to marinade and toss to coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Chicken Sliders," 27 July 2018 At this year's BBQ, Holmes will marinate her fake meat in the steak marinade her carnivore husband makes. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 Any leftover glaze would be delicious as a poultry, pork or seafood marinade perfect for backyard grilling. Claire Perez,, "Make your own fast-casual rice bowl," 20 Apr. 2018 Look for baby back ribs marinaded with chili paste and topped with cheese to appear on the menu soon at Little Korea. Todd A. Price,, "At New Orleans' Korean restaurants, go for the heat and the meat," 20 Feb. 2018 Remove oysters from marinading liquid and place one oyster in each shot glass. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Mezcal-cured Oyster Shooters," 17 Jan. 2018 Place prepared hearts in a bowl with ½ cup teriyaki sauce, and allow to marinade 30-60 minutes. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Offaly Good Chicken Heart Yakitori," 7 Feb. 2018 Thinly slice frozen meat, add to marinade and toss to coat. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Korean Pineapple Beef Lettuce Wraps," 22 Jan. 2018 Place steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in 2 cups marinade; set remaining marinade aside. Rick Martinez, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Beef with Broccoli," 19 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of marinade


1725, in the meaning defined above


circa 1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marinade


French, from mariner to pickle, marinate, probably from Italian marinare

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: a sauce in which meat or fish is soaked to add flavor or to make the meat or fish more tender

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