Definition of marinate in English:



  • 1 Soak (meat, fish, or other food) in a marinade.

    ‘the beef was marinated in red wine vinegar’
    • ‘Meat, chicken and fish are often marinated in a paste of raw ginger and garlic before cooking.’
    • ‘Carter followed the traditional process by marinating meat, poultry, and fish overnight.’
    • ‘The only hitch is you have to marinate fish for three or four hours ahead of cooking.’
    • ‘Some recipes state to marinate meat and poultry for several hours or days, either to tenderize or add flavor.’
    • ‘The adobo marinade may be used to marinate raw meat for up to twenty-four hours before grilling or roasting.’
    • ‘What is more it not only lifts your spirits but also can be used to add flavour to meals - to moisten breads and puddings, marinate meats and make savoury sauces.’
    • ‘We gluttonously overordered the grilled and marinated meats, even retracing our steps for seconds.’
    • ‘Sauerbraten is a famous beef dish which involves marinating the meat in a sour (wine, vinegar, buttermilk) marinade, braising it, and serving it with a sweetened sauce.’
    • ‘The last couple of hours were hectic, as they always are, assembling the cold dishes, marinating the fish and blanching the Chinese broccoli.’
    • ‘The pork is marinated in red wine for two days before being stuffed with cheese and fried.’
    • ‘Kangaroo and emu meat were marinated, cooked and presented during the ceremony.’
    • ‘If you marinate meat or poultry, don't serve the unused marinade unless it has been cooked at a rolling boil for at least three minutes.’
    • ‘I started with poached Scottish lobster in a tian of avocado, marinated red pepper with a caviar dressing.’
    • ‘Well, my dad and Martin were setting up the barbecue in the yard and marinating the meat - all that male bonding stuff.’
    • ‘Using yogurt to marinate meats is another typical recipe.’
    • ‘I marinated the meat in red wine and then slowly grilled and ate it, accompanied by a light green salad and a half bottle of Country Beaujolais.’
    • ‘When we came from London to see how the renovations for the house were shaping up we found the builders skewering freshly marinated meat for a barbecue and a popping open a bottle of rosé.’
    • ‘Each table is fitted with a grill for you to cook the deliciously marinated meat.’
    • ‘Try marinating meat, chicken or fish in marinades, soy sauce, sweet fruit juices, wine or Italian-style dressings.’
    • ‘Most prawns taste of little more than frozen water, while crudely smoked or marinated oily fish can be revolting.’
    souse, soak, steep, immerse, marinade
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    1. 1.1[no object](of food) undergo soaking in a marinade.
      • ‘Once the pork has marinated (you will notice that the otherwise pink flesh of the pork now looks more like beef) you may then begin to cook.’
      • ‘Turn the bag a number of times, and let it marinate for several hours or even overnight in the refrigerator.’
      • ‘Cover duck and place in refrigerator overnight to marinate.’
      • ‘Leave to marinate overnight, shaking the jar from time to time.’
      • ‘The chicken, carrots, and onions had marinated for four hours in a hellish brew of red habañero mash and distilled capsicum extract.’
      • ‘Place in the refrigerator to marinate overnight and reserve.’
      • ‘While the beef is marinating, in a small mixing bowl, mix the remaining soy sauce, sake, sugar, black pepper, 2 Tablespoons water, corn starch and sesame oil.’
      • ‘When the beef has marinated for long enough, it is time to assemble the skewers.’
      • ‘Let them marinate overnight in the refrigerator and serve at room temperature - precook any firm vegetables like carrots.’
      • ‘Leave to marinate in a cool place for four to eight hours.’
      • ‘These were all placed in the refrigerator to marinate overnight.’
      • ‘Stored at less than 1 degree, the Parsons's feta ages and marinates on site.’
      • ‘Allow the lamb to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.’
      • ‘Take one medium-sized puffin, leave it in a vat of porridge overnight to marinate and in the morning enjoy this hearty breakfast.’
      • ‘Leave: the flavour will become stronger the longer the meat marinates.’
      • ‘Let the steak marinate for 4 hours in the refrigerator, covered, turning it once more.’


Mid 17th century: from Italian marinare pickle in brine or from French mariner (from marine brine).