10 Types of Marinades Using Only 2 Ingredients

Marinating meats, poultry meat or fish before cooking them can change the flavour of a dish like never before. It helps the flavour soak in and absorb, enhancing the flavour. It also makes the meat or flesh more succulent and soft.

10 Types of Marinades using only 2 ingredients

Did you know that there are some condiments that go well with another specific one in particular? Like soy sauce and sesame oil, Dijon mustard and sriracha chili sauce, ranch and hot sauce, barbecue sauce and honey and many more.

Want to find out some more such sauces that go perfectly together for a marinade? Check out this article for some “marinade soulmate” ideas for your next marinade!

9 Perfect Marinade Soulmates

1. Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar

Honey has a sweet flavour, while apple cider vinegar has a tangy flavour. This mixture can be used as a marinade for salmon, pork tenderloin etc. It is a perfect combination for those who like a semi-sweet, semi-tangy flavour. Mix equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar, you can also add in equal parts of cooking oil of your choice.

2. Grainy Mustard and Peach Preserves

Grainy mustard has a more tangy and vinegary-like taste. Peach preserves have a natural sweetness, with a strong flavour of peach. Combining these two condiments together with equal qauntities can make for a good marinade for pork.

3. Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil

Mixing soy sauce and sesame oil together to make a marinade can give your dish a very rich flavour which is rather savoury, with a hint of extra saltiness from the soy sauce and a touch of nuttiness from the sesame oil. This combination works well while marinating fish or poultry. It gives the dish a savory and toasty flavour.

4. Dijon Mustard and Sriracha Chili Sauce

Dijon mustard has a distinct flavour of mustard, which is quite intense and sharp, as compared to the regular yellow mustard. It is made from brown and/or black mustard seeds that have been mixed with white wine. Sriracha chili sauce has a tangy flavour with a hint of garlic, which is also spicy of course. This mixture is good for marination of pork, steaks and chicken.

5. Barbecue Sauce and Honey

This blend makes for a good marinade for poultry and pork, especially steaks. Barbecue sauce has a sweet and tangy flavour, while honey is sweet. So, for those who like tangy flavourings for their food, this combination for a marinade is perfect.

6. Yogurt or Greek Yogurt and Herbs

Yogurt and lemon juice both for rather tangy flavours. Yogurt works slowly and will need more marination time, but it can add a lovely flavour to your poultry, when marinated coupled with lemon juice. It can help tenderize the meat and make it succulents and soft as well. Mix 1/2 cup of yogurt with 2 tbsp of dried herbs along with salt and pepper to taste. Coat the chicken in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for as little as 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. 

7. Honey and Peanut Butter

While honey is sweet in flavour, peanut butter is rather nutty. When combined together, it makes for a delicious marinade for poultry, especially when the poultry is grilled or barbecued on skewers.

8. Ranch and Hot Sauce

If you find your chicken breasts not too flavourful, then make sure to marinate it in advance with ranch and hot sauce for flavour like never before. Ranch has a cream based taste, with hints of garlic, onion, chives, parsley etc., while the hot sauce adds spice to the meat.

9. Honey and Soy sauce

Mix 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp of soy sauce. Marinate the chicken in the soya sauce and honey for 15 minutes. If you have any toasted sesame oil at home add a few drops and thank me later.