Definition of marinade in English:



  • 1A sauce, typically made of oil, vinegar, spices, and herbs, in which meat, fish, or other food is soaked before cooking in order to flavor or soften it.

    • ‘Spices and marinades of every description are at work here, drenching the Persian chicken kebabs or injecting an extra kick into the house special, lentil soup.’
    • ‘A tenderizing marinade must contain an acidic ingredient such as lemon juice, vinegar, wine or yogurt.’
    • ‘Wine marinades are a cook's flexible friend: they flavour meat or fish, can tenderise it and stop it drying out.’
    • ‘The marinade for the grilled meat and seafood is delectable and ingredients are a well-kept secret, as we were unable to get it from the staff.’
    • ‘Tuna is a bland fish and benefits from a marinade to infuse flavour.’
    • ‘Frozen foods resist freezer burn better, and marinades penetrate meats more effectively.’
    • ‘Wine marinades help meat, fish, and game keep a short time in hot weather.’
    • ‘But do use a teaspoon or two in marinades or salad dressings or instead of sugar in tea.’
    • ‘When you're ready to start cooking, strain the beef, reserving the marinade and the other ingredients.’
    • ‘Mix the skin and the seeds with some orange juice for a tenderizing marinade for seafood or meats.’
    • ‘It can be used as a base ingredient for glazes and marinades, as well.’
    • ‘Turn the fish over in the marinade to get it well coated.’
    • ‘If some of the marinade is to be used as a sauce on the cooked food, reserve a portion of the marinade before putting raw meat and poultry in it.’
    • ‘Flavor houses are, not surprisingly, working overtime to produce ingredients for marinades, dry seasonings, and rubs.’
    • ‘Use them to dress salads, to replace lemon in zippy desserts and beverages, and to complement meat, poultry, and fish; just splash them on the meat or in marinades and sauces.’
    • ‘Use herbs, spices, fresh vegetables, and fat-free marinades to season meat.’
    • ‘With all those powerfully pungent aromas of smoke and strongly flavoured marinades, don't waste your money offering expensive fine wines with all their delicate secrets to unfold.’
    • ‘Seal and press the marinade into the meat and then refrigerate for four hours or overnight.’
    • ‘From Cumberland sausage, meat and fish marinades, home baking, beer and much more, there will be something to make every mouth water from 9am - 3pm.’
    • ‘Don't reuse the marinade from raw meat or poultry on cooked food unless it's boiled first to destroy any harmful bacteria.’
    marinade, brine, vinegar
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    1. 1.1[with modifier]A dish prepared using a marinade.
      ‘a chicken marinade’
      • ‘We looked in at the Broil-Q booth, and got some nice Teriyaki marinade.’


  • another term for marinate
    • ‘The Scottish sirloin is marinaded in orange, lime, oregano and chillies and then pan-fried.’
    • ‘If you ask some cooks today why they marinade, they will tell you that it's to add flavor.’
    • ‘I once barbecued a whole fillet of beef marinaded in a bottle of Jack Daniel's and enclosed in tinfoil.’
    • ‘The meat is cut into long thin strips and marinaded with natural flavourings and preservatives before being dried at their new company, called Bare Earth, at Melmerby, near Ripon.’
    • ‘Preferring chicken breast to legs, I used meat alone, cut into generous pieces and marinaded in the sauce overnight.’
    • ‘Such thin slices can better absorb sweet and fragrant juices in which they are marinaded.’
    • ‘We also learn why vacuum packing gives meat a nasty metallic tang - it cannot breathe but ends up marinading in oxidised blood.’
    • ‘Add the pork fillets to the marinade and allow to marinade for 12 to 24 hours.’
    • ‘The mix of fruit having been marinaded in brandy, each mouthful, like each piece of music, is packed with ingredients which leave a very pleasant taste in one's mouth.’
    • ‘I had marinaded it in orange juice, marjoram and chives.’
    • ‘It has, in effect, been marinaded in blood and tastes unspeakable.’
    • ‘Of course, you could take a portable barbecue with you and prepare some delicious and colourful meat, fish or vegetable kebabs which you have marinaded in your fridge overnight.’
    • ‘This is absolutely perfect, of course, old barrels are made of oak, and marinaded in sherry and whisky, so all the flavour imparted have much to recommend them.’
    • ‘The meat had been marinaded in herbs and cheese overnight, so that it not only tasted tender but also sent off a lasting aroma on your tongue.’
    • ‘After being marinaded in cumin and oregano, they are dipped in crushed tortilla chips so that, even though they are grilled, they taste like they've been fried.’
    • ‘We speculated that it could have been marinaded in soy sauce, because there was a lovely, salty tang to the skin.’
    • ‘Nothing was marinaded but the box included chutney, lettuce, organic rolls and sustainable Welsh coal.’
    • ‘Lunch in tapas bars is a Spanish treat, serving tasty portions of tortilla, fresh prawns, marinaded red peppers and other morsels of local food.’
    • ‘Yassa, found throughout W. and C. Africa, is chicken or fish marinaded in lemon or lime juice, grilled on a barbecue, and then fried with onions and simmered with the marinade.’
    • ‘I didn't marinade them, I didn't baste them, I didn't check the temperature of the barbecue, and I didn't get to taste them.’


Late 17th century (as a verb): from French, from Spanish marinada, via marinar pickle in brine from marino (see marina).