Let time infuse your favorite cuts of meat with the intense flavors of a marinade.
Marination or to marinate food is the process of soaking food, commonly meat, in a flavorful mix of liquid ingredients to infuse it with flavor before cooking. This is usually overnight or at the least, 30 minutes! It’s a method that many cooks use to inject flavor into food with little effort other than mixing everything together and letting time do the rest of the work.
You’ll be rewarded by your patience with succulent, flavorful results every time you use one of these delicious recipes to prep your meats:
1 Pinoy-Style Pork Barbecue Recipe
You can’t wrong with a classic pork recipe such as this! Just a few hours in the marinade will result in one of the best barbecued pork dishes you will ever eat. You don’t even have to stick to pork strips! Imagine this same marinade used to flavor pork belly slices, chicken pieces, or even salmon to give it a different and complex but definitely familiar taste that isn’t just honey and soy sauce.
2 Beef Tapa Recipe
There would be no tapsilog without the tapa! This is a fantastic example of a simple marinade that only needs 30 or so minutes to make the beef tasty. That’s usually because the beef are sliced so thinly or cut into such thin strips that the marinade doesn’t need to do much more than allow its flavors to coat the surface of the beef to be flavorful.
3 Skinless Spicy Pork Longganisa Recipe
Did you know that you actually “marinate” longganisa meat? Since the meat has been ground up, this is a kind of wet marinade that seeps into the tiny pieces of meat better than if it were whole chunks of meat! While traditional longganisa are usually cured in its casings, the skinless version relies on a quick marination process to flavor it.
That’s why skinless longganisa recipes are super tasty and easy to make at home! Since the seasonings and flavorings you add are absorbed so readily, you don’t need too much of it and you actually don’t waste a single drop of that intense mix either.
4 Pork and Shrimp Siomai Recipe
Just like longganisa meat, the siomai meat mixture is also “marinated” in a concoction that’s delicious. The big difference is really how it’s done. For the longganisa and the siomai, the meat mixture doesn’t need much time to become marinated because these don’t have to be cooked immediately. These are actually best when allowed to chill or even frozen first before steaming.
5 Chicken and Pork Adobo Recipe
This may be the most classic of all marinated meats: the adobo. Since the original intent of the adobo was to preserve meat in vinegar, it’s not far-fetched to think that the vinegar could be seasoned too just to give the meat more flavors. Hence, the birth of the more modern adobo recipe with its garlic, peppercorns, bay leaves, and soy sauce as we know it!
6 Chicken Inasal Recipe
This is another fantastic Filipino dish that you marinate. Unlike the pork barbecue, this requires much less time than the pork since there is an acidic ingredient in the marinade. This acidic ingredient will not only tenderize your chicken faster, but it can also make your chicken meat grainy, mushy, and even chalky if you’re not careful. That’s why for this recipe, just an hour will do just fine. No need to wait too long for this chicken barbecue!
7 Marinated Tofu Recipe
Who said only meat can be marinated? Tofu, or tokwa, especially the firm kind acts like a sponge so it’s the perfect substitute for anything meaty you want to cook but still want to taste similar to the meat you might be missing. The best news about this recipe? No need to simmer the marinade to pasteurize it before brushing it on the cooked tofu.
8 Sweet and Spicy Pork Ribs Recipe
Pork ribs are classic pork cuts. Take advantage of the abundance of pork in the market and use it to make these sweet-and-spicy-glazed pork ribs recipe. This recipe uses the marinade to flavor the meat before cooking, it is also included in the roasting process too so it’s one step you don’t have to worry about.
9 Beef Kebab Recipe
In the Middle East, kebabs are one of their more popular recipes on the grill. These are some of the most tender, super succulent cubes of meat you will ever enjoy and it’s all thanks to the kind of marinade that they use. They use yogurt, with its probiotic bacteria to break down the meat. It’s similar to what acidic ingredients do in other kinds of marinades but is must more gentle. Spice it up with the region’s plethora of spices and you might just fall in love with a new spicy concoction to use on other meats, too.
10 Bistek Tagalog Recipe
Marinades are super versatile to use in the kitchen! These can be as simple as a soy sauce and calamansi juice mix just like in this recipe or more complicated with more ingredients added to the marinade. You can even double up the marinade just so that you have a super saucy version of this bistek Tagalog.
Are you inspired to use some of your pantry ingredients to make marinades? We hope you are because this is easy to do every day! Plus, the benefits far outweigh the effort you need to exert to cook something delicious that everybody who tastes your cooking will enjoy.