7 quick and tasty marinades to try

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Picture: iStock

These homemade and inexpensive marinades will take your meat dishes to a whole new level.

We’ve rounded up seven marinade recipes to perfectly enhance the taste of beef, chicken, pork, and even fish. Plus, you should have most of the ingredients in your kitchen already.

TIP: Add all your marinade ingredients into a jar for easy mixing – all you need to do is close the lid and shake – and storage.

Creamy coconut

Combine 160ml coconut cream with 1 crushed garlic clove, 2 tsp sugar, 2 tsp Thai fish sauce, 2 tbsp vegetable oil and 1 tbsp fresh, chopped coriander leaves in a jar. Seal and shake to mix. Use to marinate chicken or fish.

Sweet & sour

Mix together 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar, 2 tbsp runny honey, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp tomato sauce and 3 tbsp pineapple juice. Add 1 chopped spring onion. Great for pork.

Soy & sesame

Combine 2 tbsp sesame oil with 4 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp malt vinegar (try Safari Brown Malt Vinegar), 1 crushed garlic clove and 2 tbsp sesame seeds in a jar. Seal and shake to mix. Brilliant with beef.

Buttermilk & paprika

Combine 280ml buttermilk with 2 crushed garlic cloves, ½ an onion, grated, and 1 tsp paprika. Seal and shake to mix. A tasty marinade for chicken thighs.

Tomato barbecue

Combine 1 crushed garlic clove with 4 tbsp tomato sauce, 1 tsp English mustard, 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 3 tbsp runny honey, 3 tbsp white-wine vinegar and 1 tbsp oil in a jar. Seal and shake to mix. Makes a delicious marinade for pork chops.

Mint, lime & honey

Combine 100ml olive oil with the finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes, 1 tbsp runny honey and 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves in a jar. Shake to mix. Use for chicken kebabs.

Lemon & ginger

Mix the zest and juice of 2 lemons with 100ml rapeseed oil, 1 crushed garlic clove and 2.5cm-piece of root ginger, grated, and 1 tbsp honey. Perfect for chicken.

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