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

Noun a variety of spicy marinades
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because of the marinade, ingredients are too variable for a meaningful nutritional analysis. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This saucy, smothered tofu with peppers and onions will have you dreaming of the Mexican coast," 5 July 2020 When the eggs are completely cool, peel them and drop them into the marinade. Dallas News, "Potato salad celebration: 4 recipes for your next socially-distanced picnic," 17 June 2020 Put the chops, with marinade that clings, directly over the heat or coals. cleveland, "Comfort cooking calls for spicy heat. Find it in these Thai-style grilled ribs," 17 June 2020 In a medium bowl, toss the mushrooms with the marinade. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 This classic lemon pepper marinade is perfect for seasoning skirt or flank steak for tacos. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need for the perfect taco night at home," 18 June 2020 Pour the marinade over the ribs; turn to be sure meat is coated well on all sides. cleveland, "Comfort cooking calls for spicy heat. Find it in these Thai-style grilled ribs," 17 June 2020 Make the marinade for the Mushroom Asada: Combine the onion, chipotles and sauce, jalapeños, garlic, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, cumin, and paprika in a food processor or blender and puree. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 For select and other steak types like flank or skirt steaks, the flavor can be boosted with a marinade. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: Welcome to Steak 101, with all the do’s and don’t for great grilled steak," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Add remaining lime juice to marinade and whisk in remaining oil. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Veggies galore: The joy of meatless meals," 23 June 2020 Combine cornstarch with a little water, add to marinade and whisk another 2 minutes. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "100 years after Prohibition, moonshine escapes its back-roads origins," 5 May 2020 For savory applications, use it to marinade chicken, splash it into gravy for chicken fried steak, pour it in a cold cucumber soup, or sub it in for heavy cream in mashed potatoes. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Buttermilk," 7 Jan. 2020 Before cooking the meat, her father, Fermín, marinades the arrachera, or skirt steak, in a Mexican lager. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "This carne asada recipe roots one metro Phoenix chef to generations of female grill masters," 30 Oct. 2019 The artist’s adult-sized gingerbread house in one of the galleries will likely generate all manner of chatter, but the poignant works of video, assemblage and drawing will be worth marinading in too. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019 Rub marinade all over goat leg and shoulder and let marinate for at least 6 hours but preferably overnight. 4. National Geographic, "Braised Goat Leg & Shoulder," 2 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of marinade was circa 1682

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11 Jul 2020

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“Marinade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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