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Dad’s Secret Meat Marinade

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A typical marinade is made up of three essential components: an acid (such as vinegar, wine, or citrus), an oil (such as olive oil or sesame oil), and a flavoring agent (such as herbs and spices). These elements work together to transform the taste and texture of your dish in different ways. This marinade hits all the checkmarks and more! There are a few variations to the recipe to make it hit your flavor profile. This is a recipe to print and use anytime you need to marinade meat or fish. From our family to yours, enjoy! 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes


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  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or honey (optional the ketchup adds sweetness)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning (oregano / thyme / rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 chopped green onions


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Place the meat in a resealable gallon sized zip bag and pour the marinade into the bag. Expel the air from bag and close. Marinate meat refrigerated for 3-8 hours.
  2. The variations on the basic marinade are endless.
  3. For example; substitute the oregano with 1 tablespoon minced ginger and 1 tablespoon of roasted sesame oil for more of an Asian flavor, or substitute the ketchup with a smokey BBQ sauce to give the meat more of a rustic campfire flavor.
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: American
  • Cuisine: American