You can have a meal ready in minutes with these simple and tasty marinades.
When you come home after a busy day do you wish you could have a meal ready in minutes, so that you can relax and enjoy the sunshine while dinner is baking in the oven or cooking on the stove top? Making a marinade may be just the solution for you. I love making marinades. They are simple to prepare and can turn regular old meat and veg into a flavourful meal that’s ready in no time. This month I’ll share with you a collection of my favourite marinades and spice rubs which you can whip up in about 5 minutes. Simply marinade the protein or vegetable of your choice for 20 minutes, or overnight if you have the time. Cook following my handy cooking guide below, then just before dinnertime you could quickly cook some rice, pasta or make a salad and dinner is served.
Prep Time 5 mins | Marinating Time 20 mins – 24 hours | Use with Chicken, Fish, Pork, Lamb and Vegetables
In a large, lidded ceramic or glass bowl combine 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 2 tbsp ground cumin, 2 tbsp chopped thyme leaves, 2 tbsp chopped rosemary leaves and ¼ cup dried cranberries. Add 400g of the protein or vegetable of your choice, along with ¼ cup olive oil and salt and pepper to taste, and marinade for at least 20 minutes. Cook according to the cooking guide below. Serve with cous cous, polenta, rice or steamed vegetables.
Handy Cooking Guide: Here’s my guide to cooking the following types of meat. Just remember that this guide is based on diced meat and chopped or cubed vegetables, and cooking times will vary according to your appliances and the size of the pieces.
Chicken – Stir-fry diced chicken over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear.
Pork – Stir-fry diced pork over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear.
Lamb – Stir-fry diced lamb over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Beef – Stir-fry diced beef over a medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
Fish – Stir-fry pieces of fish over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until opaque and starting to flake. Bake at 180ºC for 15 minutes or until opaque.
Tofu – Since tofu is already cooked, you really only need to heat it up over a high heat for 5-10 minutes in the frying pan and it’s ready.
Vegetables – It’s best to cook veggies nice and quickly over a high heat for 2-3 minutes and it’s ready.
Keep reading for more exciting marinade recipes,
Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,
Writer’s note: A version of this article was first published in Grapeshot Magazine Issue 7|Volume 6| October 2014: Around The World In 48 Pages.