Paleo Marinades- 5 ways

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Alanna Figueira 7 Comments



The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here in NY.  Spring is finally coming and that means grilling time! I love grilling and marinating absolutely everything!  I'm throwing this post up to basically compile some of my favorite marinades.  Marinating is such a quick and easy way to make a delicious dinner in 10 minutes.  Throw a few steaks in a bag with marinade over night and boom, dinner is ready in 10.  And it's not just plain meat.  I've definitely been a victim of picking up a bottle of teriyaki or vinaigrette to marinate my meat in.  I'll admit that it's one of those convenience items that just seems like what the hell, I'm not going to make everything! I spend enough time food prepping...I make my own mayo and everything else already.  I know.  But really, I have all these things on hand, it's quick and I'm worth it.  I'm not going to feed my kids soybean or vegetable oil garbage that dressings and marinades are based in. I'm not going to feed ME that.  Screw you vegetable oil. These are fresh and delicious.  Marinating tenderizes your meat and obviously flavors it.  Using fresh herbs and REAL ingredients will make you feel better and taste better.  

Making up marinades is pretty easy.  You really only need to combine a few simple things.  Five actually. Fat, acid, salt and/or sweet, herbs and chopped garlic.  I can't think of any recipe this won't work in.  Good marinating oils are extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, walnut oil and sesame oil.  Acid can be apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon, or lime.  Almost any chopped herb is delicious and chopped garlic is always a great addition.  I use coconut sugar in many of my marinades and I love the mild sweetness it offers.  Mix it up ad create your own!  

So here are my favorite steak, pork chop, fish and chicken marinades.  I use the white fish marinade for "meaty" white fish like cod, swordfish, sea bass.  It might overwhelm, say, a thin piece of flounder or sole. A piece of fish is about 4-6 oz.  I always marinade my tuna; I just love it marinated and pan seared.  What about salmon? I LOVE salmon and I love it almost just as it is so I never marinade it and usually do an "oreganata"- dust it with almond flour, garlic, lemon, sea salt and herbs then bake. Yum. Double or half or whatever for what you need. You obviously don't have to grill... I love pan searing and if I have a large batch of chicken I'll just bake on a cookie sheet.  Let me know what you think!  Happy spring and happy grilling!

Steak Marinade

Ingredients:
1 lb steak
2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp coconut aminos
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp coconut sugar 
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large gallon sized plastic ziploc bag.  Massage steak so that the marinade coats it.  Marinate at least 1 hour.  Pan sear or grill.





The Best Pork Chop EVER

Ingredients:

2 bone in pork chops
2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp coconut aminos
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except the ghee in a large ziplock bag.  Add the pork chops and massage them to completely coat in the marinade.  Refrigerate and let it marinate for a minimum of 1 hour.  Pan sear or grill pork chops until cooked thoroughly. 





White Fish Marinade

Ingredients:
2 fillets of meaty white fish (cod, sea bass, swordfish)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 shallot, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp white pepper

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a shallow tray.  Place fish in tray and cover with marinade.  Marinate for 20 minutes.  Grill or bake.



Tuna Marinade

Ingredients:
2 fillets of Tuna
1/4 cup avocado oil
2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp coconut aminos
1 Tbsp coconut sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger root

Directions:
Combine ingredients n a large ziplock bag.  Add tuna, massage to coat and marinate for 20 minutes.  Pan sear or grill.  

Chicken Marinade

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil 
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp dried thyme


Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large gallon sized plastic ziploc bag.  Massage chicken so that the marinade coats it.  Marinate at least 1 hour.  Pan sear, bake or grill.


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7 comments :

  1. Alana, thanks for a great collection of marinades!

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  2. its my big wish i make a recipes blog like you.i want to post my own recipes with peoples.i have many my own made recipes like zarda recipe ,chicken fajita pizza,meatball recipes etc.but i work in a company therefor i have insufficient time.your blog is relly nice keep it up.

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  3. Just made the pork tonight and it was awesome. I'm trying the chicken this weekend. Thanks for the great all in one place post! ;)

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  4. Used the recipe for your pork marinade tonight and it got RAVE reviews from my husband and myself. He told me to keep it in our regular rotation. It takes a lot for us to say that. I didn't have coconut aminos, so I omitted. Thank you!!

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    1. Jackie...you probably won't see this...but the coconut aminos rock in the pork marinade. You will love it even more with it in there. :)

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  5. These are awesome and I use them all all the time! THANK YOU!!!!

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