It’s summer, and my grill has been utilized nearly every night of the week. Food just tastes better because of that open flame, and marinades can truly enhance an entire meal.
The real struggle comes when trying to find new marinades for your favorite grilled proteins. I honestly grill everything from steak to shrimp to vegetables. So I’ve developed a variety of easy homemade marinades that complement any meal.
Below are four different recipes (and links to their individual blog posts) that can be used on practically anything. Experiment and try new proteins that you might not normally gravitate toward. You never know what new favorite you’ll whip up tonight.
This recipe below comes from my mom’s recipe book. It’s never failed me and offers a nice change to store-bought dressings used as a marinade. Try it tonight with grilled chicken or shellfish. Click here for the entire recipe.
Mustard-based marinades can be unexpected and very tasty. Even if you don’t gravitate toward mustard BBQ sauce, you should still give this recipe a shot. The coconut milk cuts the Dijon mustard nicely, and the fresh garlic and herbs give it an earthy taste.
This marinade almost seems luxurious because of its silky texture. Basting extra sauce over the meat while grilling creates a nice layer of flavor. This combination works particularly well with lamb, pork and chicken. Click here for the entire recipe.
This mix of citrus, garlic and cilantro works works great on chicken, fish and shellfish, and it might just be the new recipe to spice up your menu. Serve anyway you want – with tortillas, on a salad, or be traditional and go with black beans and rice. Click here for the entire recipe.
This recipe works with virtually all food. Those strictly adhering to a Paleo diet can easily substitute Coconut Aminos for the soy sauce. However, for me, the amount is so small and it’s used as a marinade so I’m okay with cheating a little bit. Click here for the entire recipe.