mar·​i·​nade | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈnād , 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

Try different applications for your vinaigrette, as a dip, marinade or sandwich condiment. Becky Krystal,, "How to leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette," 29 June 2018 Any leftover vinaigrette can also work as a dip or marinade. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salad love: Creative, anything-goes approach will win your heart," 17 Apr. 2018 Smash garlic cloves with the flat side of a knife or chop roughly, and add to marinade. Allegra Ben-amotz, WSJ, "This Ingredient Lights Up a Dish Like No Other," 18 Dec. 2018 For deeper flavor, let the fish soak up your favorite marinade for 30 minutes to an hour before cooking. Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Picking Out and Preparing Fish," 19 Sep. 2018 Drizzle the reduced marinade over the fillet and the noodles. 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 Mix the remaining marinade together with the yogurt and set aside. 2. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 Try different applications for your vinaigrette, as a dip, marinade or sandwich condiment. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 Kapur clarifies that the mixture of tamari, sesame oil, ginger, jalapeño and scallions is not a marinade but a seasoning, and his cooks season all poke to order. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018

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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