Rosemary Lemon Marinade

The bright citrus and herb flavors of this Rosemary Lemon Marinade if perfect for chicken, pork, and fish. Adjust this marinade recipe to suit your needs. Use additional herbs like fresh basil or oregano for a more Mediterranean flair or tarragon and thyme for a French-inspired flavor. Double or triple this rosemary lemon marinade recipe if you are planning to use it on a whole chicken, turkey, or pork roast.

Marinating times:

  • Pork chops, marinate for 2-4 hours and larger roasts for 8-12 hours.
  • Marinate chicken breasts for 2 hours, thighs and legs for 2-3 hours, and whole chickens for 4-6 hours.
  • Marinate fish, seafood, vegetables, and meat substitutes for 30 minutes.

Rosemary Lemon Marinade Ingredients:

  • Lemons
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Italian parsley
  • Honey
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Salt
  • White pepper (use black pepper if preferred)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

How to Make It:

  • In a medium glass or plastic bowl, add lemon juice. Slowly whisk in olive oil, emulsifying the mixture. 
  • Add remaining rosemary lemon marinade ingredients and stir through until honey and salt have dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes, and stir through once more before using.
  • If you plan on making this marinade ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week. 
  • You can freeze marinade for up to 2 months in a vacuum-sealed bag or freeze it first in ice cube trays, then transfer it to an airtight container and keep frozen. Defrost this rosemary lemon marinade as needed.

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Rosemary-Lemon Marinade

Rosemary Lemon Marinade

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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: Greek, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: marinades
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Derrick Riches

Ingredients

  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium glass or plastic bowl (metal reacts with acids), add lemon juice. Slowly pour in olive oil, while whisking, creating an emulsion. Add remaining ingredients and stir through until honey and salt have dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes, and stir through once more before using.
  • Marinate pork chops for 2-4 hours and larger cuts for 8-12 hours.
  • Marinate chicken pieces for 2 hours, and whole chickens for 4-6 hours.
  • Marinate fish, seafood, vegetables, and meat substitutes for 30 minutes.
  • If making this marinade ahead of time, store mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can freeze marinade for up to 2 months.

Notes

Photo by: laperla_foto/Depositphotos
Rosemary Lemon Marinade

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