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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. This 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!

Easy-pineapple-marinade

Tenderizing power of pineapple 

Pineapple is perfect for tenderizing tougher cuts of meat like flat steaks (flank, skirt, hanger, etc.) and pork loin. Fresh pineapple contains a powerful tenderizing enzyme called bromelain.

Does canned pineapple have active bromelain?

While fresh pineapple offers a good dose of bromelain, canned pineapple contains preservatives that breaks down the enzyme. So while it still imparts flavor, the canned pineapple does not have the same tenderizing effect. To mitigate this, add vinegar to encourage meat tenderization. If using fresh pineapple for this marinade recipe, cut it into chunks then pulse in your food processor to release the enzyme. 

Ingredients

  • Crushed pineapple: Fresh pineapple juice and flesh is recommended. Canned pineapple will not have the same tenderizing effect as fresh. However, it will add a sweet fruity flavor.
  • Soy sauce: Use regular, low sodium, or tamari for this recipe.
  • Honey: Substitute with pure maple syrup or brown sugar.
  • Apple cider vinegar: This ingredient tenderizes meat. Follow the marinating times listed below for best results.
  • Garlic minced
  • Grated fresh ginger
  • Powdered cloves
Pineapple Marinade

Steps To Make It

  • Whisk all of the pineapple marinade ingredients in a non-metallic bowl. 
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days after preparation.
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Marinating times 

  • Pork Chops and Tenderloin: 4-6 hours
  • Beef Flat Steaks: 4-8 hours
  • Chicken Thighs and Chicken Breasts: 2-4 hours
  • Turkey Breast and Thighs: 4-6 hours (depending on size)
  • Vegetables and Tofu: 30 minutes
  • Fish and Seafood: 30-40 minutes for heartier fish like salmon. 15 minutes for shrimp.

Turn this pineapple marinade into a delicious sauce!

  • Simmer marinade ingredients in a saucepan 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 your favorite proteins and rice.

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Easy Pineapple Marinade

An easy, homemade pineapple marinade made with simple ingredients. Use on chicken, pork and more!
5 from 2 votes
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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

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