This big, bold marinade recipe was adapted from a local Vermont restaurant and caterer. We make it in huge batches and freeze the extras so we always have it on hand. Use on: Extra-firm tofu, salmon, chicken, duck, pork, beef, lamb

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Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.

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  • Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, allspice, pepper, thyme, cloves, cinnamon and hot sauce. Let cool to room temperature.

  • Pour cooled marinade into a shallow dish or 1-gallon sealable plastic bag for marinating 1 to 2 pounds (4 to 8 servings) of your chosen protein.

Tips

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

19 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 1.7g 1% DV; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 1.1g; fat 1.3g 2% DV; saturated fat 0.1g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 6.9IU; vitamin c 1.5mg 3% DV; folate 1.2mcg; calcium 2.6mg; iron 0.1mg 1% DV; magnesium 1.6mg 1% DV; potassium 14.2mg; sodium 89.4mg 4% DV; thiaminmg; added sugar 1g.

Reviews (7)

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was amazing. I just made it for my wife and we both absolutely loved it. We didn't have ground cloves but it didn't taste like it was missing anything. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a very surprising and tasty marinade! I also used this with chicken breast on the grill but I am looking forward to doing kabobs with green red and yellow bell pepers. I love the way the pepers really soak up the marinade flavor and this marinade is one I wouldn't mind tasting a lot more! It gets all the stars at my house.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious marinade with lots of flavor. Just tried it on grilled chicken but look forward to using it on tofu too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wow - Just Wow First off - I love the name of this recipe. Although everyone I mentioned it to was wondering if it had rum in it. I was very excited when I saw this - I love all the ingredients in other dishes but was curious as to how they'd work in this. No worries needed! This is OUTSTANDING! I made it this morning and then marinated some chicken legs thighs and breasts in it. I didn't change anything... it was FANTASTIC and will be my go to marinade from here on out. Simply Awesome! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Crazy combinations but very good. Made it with tri tip steaks and it's great it uses ingredients I always have on hand. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I LOVE this recipe. We marinate chicken in it and throw it on the grill. It rocks!! We also love your magazine its AWESOME! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/04/2012
We did use rum! We just tried this marinade with steaks let them sit in it for 24 hours. We substituted the red wine vinegar with 1/2 cup of Sailor Jerry rum and added a bit of balsamic vinegar. It was amazing! Read More