Easy Marinade Recipes

I love a good marinade! We have a few go-to recipes in our house that we use over and over and over! I normally prepare my marinades before we go to bed and let the magic happen over night and through the next day until it’s time for dinner. Today I’m sharing our favorite marinades! Sorry in advance for the raw meat photos…

Easy Pork Tenderloin Marinade with Pan Sauce

This is my favorite pork marinade and has been a huge hit in our house for years. We make this one all the time!

Easy Pork Tenderloin Marinade with Pan Sauce

Ingredients

Pork Marinade

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon juiced

Pan Sauce

  • pan scrapings from pork tenderloin
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2-3 tbsp pork marinade (thoroughly mixed)
  • 1-2 tsp butter

Instructions

  • Make the marinade. Combine all marinade ingredients and reserve 2-3 Tbsp for pan sauce. Place the pork tenderloin and marinade in a Ziploc bag and let marinate for at least 3-4 hours, or overnight (preferred).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • In a hot skillet over medium-high heat, sear each side of tenderloin for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Transfer to baking dish and place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes or until the meat has reached 160 degrees. Let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.  
  • Make the pan sauce. While pork is baking, heat the skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and scrape up all the browned pieces from the bottom of the pan. 
  • Add the marinade and let it boil down for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add the butter and remove from heat stirring until butter has melted. Pour over the pork tenderloin. 

Favorite Grilled Chicken Marinade 

One evening a few summers ago my friend Lisa hosted us for dinner and served the best grilled chicken ever. She shared her secret — a delicious chicken marinade, and we’ve been making it ever since!

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3 tbsp poultry seasoning (your choice)
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place chicken in a Ziploc bag. Mix all of the ingredients and pour into bag. For best flavor, marinate for 48 hours. Grill the chicken. 

Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa

This recipe — oh my gosh. It’s an amazingly easy recipe to make for guests that is sure to be a hit. This is my favorite pork tenderloin recipe during the spring and summer. It’s so so good!

Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa

Course: Main Course

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 tsp freshly grated lime zest
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey optional
  • 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard or your favorite mustard
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1 pound pork tenderloins

Salsa

  • 3 cups peaches, peeled and diced (about six peaches)
  • 1/4 cup shallots or red onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
  • 1 tbsp honey optional
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Marinade

  • Zest and juice limes. Combine all ingredients and whisk.
  • Place tenderloins in a Ziploc bag and pour marinade over pork.
  • Refrigerate overnight, if possible. Otherwise marinate all day the day you plan to cook turning several times.

Salsa

  • Combine all ingredients, stir. Serve immediately.

Pork

  • Take pork out of refrigerator and allow to rest on counter for a half hour before cooking. Clean grill and either spray or wipe with coconut oil to prevent sticking. Preheat grill to 400 degrees.
  • Place pork on grill and cook for 18-20 minutes, turning every five minutes creating nice grill marks on all four sides. While pork is cooking prepare salsa.
  • When the center of pork is very light pink remove from grill, cover with foil and allow to rest for five minutes.
  • Slice pork and top with some salsa. Serve the rest of the salsa on the side.

Two Ingredient Chicken Marinade

Doesn’t get easier than two ingredients, right? This is our friend Wyn’s recipe. He used chicken wings when we were over for dinner. We’ve used this a lot for chicken breasts too! 

Recipe: Mix equal parts teriyaki sauce & Italian dressing. In a Ziploc bag, add marinade and chicken. Marinate for several hours (or overnight). Grill your chicken!

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8 Comments

  1. Cameron T Kendrick
    March 13, 2019 / 6:53 am

    Love these! My favorite all time chicken marinade is similar to the one you posted…equal parts bbq sauce and good seasons italian dressing. People can’t ever believe that’s all it is- it’s SO good!

    • Christina
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      Ohhhh, I can’t wait to try this marinade!!! Sounds delicious!!!

  2. March 13, 2019 / 9:40 am

    Oh my goodness these all look amazing – especially that pork with peach salsa on it!! Im going to make that one soon! Thanks for sharing these!

    • Christina
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      my favorite pork meal! it’s just so so so good and is always a crowd pleaser!

  3. mary
    March 13, 2019 / 12:52 pm

    We’ve been making that pork with the pan sauce for years too – it is SO good

    • Christina
      Author
      March 13, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      So good and SO easy!!!!

  4. March 13, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    I’ve been looking for a good pork recipe — definitely going to try both of these! Yum!

  5. Alex
    March 14, 2019 / 6:59 am

    That pork tenderloin with the pan sauce is on our meal list soooooo often! Thank you for introducing it to me!

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