If you’re looking for a way to infuse some flavor into your boring and bland chicken breast, steak, or seafood without adding a ton of additional calories or fat, look no further than a marinade. Homemade marinades are super simple to whip up on your own. All you need to do is combine a few ingredients, throw some meat in a zip top bag, dump your marinade on top, refrigerate anywhere from one to 24 hours, and throw on the grill. The end result will be a perfectly tender and flavorful dish that wont pack on the pounds.
Here, five versatile marinades that can be used with any type of meat or seafood*. Meat and chicken can marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. Seafood should marinate 30 minutes to 2 hours (any longer could cause the fish or seafood to cook in the acidic ingredient that’s included in the marinade). If you want to use any leftover marinade for basting be sure to boil it first before using. Boiling will kill any bacteria and make it safe for use.
*Some of these recipes were created for one type of meat or seafood but feel free to swap the protein for whatever you like.