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 It's cooked shrimp left for a few hours in a pickly marinade. Polly Campbell,, "Fish sandwich of the week: Southern shrimp," 28 Feb. 2020 Transfer the steak, letting most of the marinade drain off, into the pan and quickly sear on one side without moving. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chipotle- and Lime-Marinated Skirt Steak Street Tacos," 29 Apr. 2020 Grill covered, basting twice with reserved marinade, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Beef and Asparagus Negimaki," 10 Apr. 2020 Add shrimp and marinade and cook until shrimp are barely pink. Beth Segal, cleveland, "The best thing to have in your pantry: Vodka! And here are 3 great recipes to prove it," 6 Apr. 2020 The center of the platter benefits from an herb marinade and slow cooking. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Diners can (mostly) bank on the all-day menu at Cafe Riggs," 21 Feb. 2020 As Magna chef Carlo Lamagna notes, most but not all versions involve a marinade of vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, peppercorns and bay leaves. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland’s best new dishes of 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 This quintessential Korean marinade comes across strong in the beef, chicken and pork offerings. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "The best noodle shop in Louisville might be this ramen hot spot in the Highlands," 23 Oct. 2019 Sixty years later, in 2006, Dale’s introduced a healthier version of its marinade, with 42 percent less sodium than the original. Bob Carlton |, al, "Alabama’s iconic Dale’s sauce has a new sidekick," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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“Marinade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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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