mar·​i·​nade | \ˌmer-ə-ˈnād, ˌma-rə-\

Definition of marinade 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

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 Thinly cut and snugly fit inside the batter, the fish itself benefited from soaking in a secret-spice marinade for 12 hours, giving it a slight punch. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Tasting samples, 'lagniappe' add to appeal of The Lost Cajun in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 Pour marinade over pork chops and let sit 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Pork Chops with Quinoa Salad," 18 Apr. 2018 Also, keep the expectations in check, because this is flavor that can’t match any marinade, dry rub or sauce. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 Add marinade, stir and chill overnight in refrigerator. Ann Maloney,, "New Orleans Greek Fest invites you to dine, wine on the bayou," 22 May 2018 Try their Ceviche del Día with tilapia, red onion, tomato, jalapeño and cilantro in a fresh citrus marinade ($10). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Scoop ceviche at these 5 Chicago restaurants," 4 May 2017

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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