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Easy Pineapple Marinade

This sweet, fruit-based easy pineapple marinade contains the tenderizing power of pineapple and apple cider vinegar with light East Asian-inspired flavors. The ultimate pineapple marinade works well on all meats including, chicken, pork, flat steaks, game meats, and seafood. Try it on vegetables and meat substitutes, or use it in a stir fry!

The Ultimate Pineapple Marinade

What does pineapple do to meat? 

Pineapple is great for tenderizing tougher cuts of meat like flat steaks (flank, skirt, hanger, etc.) and pork loin and steak. Fresh pineapple contains a tenderizing enzyme called bromelain. Keep in mind that canned pineapple contains preservatives that destroy bromelain. So while it still imparts great flavor, the canned variety will not tenderize the meat. For this reason, we’ve added apple cider vinegar to our ultimate pineapple marinade recipe. This acid acts as a meat tenderizer as well. If you’d like to use fresh pineapple, cut it into chunks and pulse in your food processor. 

Easy Pineapple Marinade Ingredients:

  • Crushed pineapple: Use either fresh or canned. Please note that canned pineapple will not have the same tenderizing effect as fresh. However, it will add a nice fruit-based flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Use regular, low sodium, or tamari for this recipe.
  • Honey: Substitute with pure maple syrup.
  • Apple cider vinegar: This ingredient tenderizes meats. Follow the marinating times listed below for best results.
  • Garlic minced
  • Grated ginger
  • Powdered cloves
Pineapple Marinade

Steps To Make It:

  • Combine all of the easy pineapple marinade ingredients in a non-metal bowl. 
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days after preparation.
  • Marinating times 
  • Pork: 4-6 hours
  • Beef Flat Steaks: 4-8 hours
  • Chicken and Turkey Breast: 3-4 hours
  • Vegetables and Tofu: 30-60 minutes.
  • Fish and Seafood: 30 minutes
  • Turn this pineapple marinade into a sauce! Add all ingredients to a saucepan, and simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat, and simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes. The sauce will reduce and should and able to coat the back of a spoon. Drizzle on grilled, baked, air-fried, or broiled proteins.

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Easy Pineapple Marinade

An easy, homemade pineapple marinade made with simple ingredients. Use on chicken, pork and more!
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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: marinades
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves

Instructions

  • In a medium glass or plastic bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed through. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days after preparation.
    USE: 1 cup of marinade per pound of meat
  • Recommended usage: Marinate pork for 4-8 hours, poultry for 3-4 hours, vegetables and meat substitute for no more than one hour. If using on fish and seafood, marinate for 30 minutes.
  • You can make this marinade into a sauce! Add all ingredients to a saucepan, and simmer over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat, and simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes. Sauce should be reduced and able to coat the back of a spoon. Drizzle on grilled, baked, air fried, or broiled proteins.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1626mg | Potassium: 313mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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