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

Remove from marinade, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Grilled Tequila Steak Tacos," 6 May 2019 Using a brine or a marinade will make your life so much easier. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make the Juiciest Pork Loin Ever," 5 Feb. 2019 Marinating for hours on end does not change the very shallow depth that a marinade penetrates. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "If you’re in the mood to marinate meat, soak up these tips," 26 June 2018 Remove the sablefish from the marinade and pat dry. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Whether you call it sablefish or black cod, make this dish as soon as you possibly can," 7 June 2018 The versatile blend could even double as a marinade for grilled fish or sautéed tofu. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful vegetarian menu crosses bridge to spring," 7 Apr. 2018 Chermoula is a spicy marinade used throughout North Africa. Daniel Neman, miamiherald, "Superb fish recipes for Lent (and the rest of the year) | Miami Herald," 19 Feb. 2018 One wants a short marinade to preserve the lovely texture of the fish. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 Remove pan, flip bok choy, and add reserved marinade and ¼ cup water to pan. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Pork Chops with Coconut Rice," 7 Mar. 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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