Honey-Sweetened Marinade Recipes

Meat, seafood and even vegetables can taste great when seasoned with just salt and pepper, but marinating your food and serving up a sauce on the side brings dining to delicious new heights. Marinades tend to include an acidic ingredient – such as lime juice or vinegar – that acts as a tenderizer. When those ingredients combine with honey, they work their magic to add flavor and also keep your meat or seafood moist, which is needed when cooking foods that dry out easily like chicken or pork chops.

When preparing meat or poultry, marinate for at least 30 minutes at room temperature before cooking. But if you’d like to marinate longer, let the meat sit in the marinade in the refrigerator, turning meat occasionally. To really seal in the flavor, let the meat come to room temperature before cooking or grilling. When marinating seafood, it’s best to let it marinate for only 15 to 30 minutes. If marinated any longer, the acid in the marinade will begin to “cook” the fish. Be sure to set aside a bowl of the marinade, or make a little extra, if you’d like to baste the meat or seafood during cooking or if you’d like to use it as a sauce at the table.

Whether you’re grilling, baking or pan-searing, serve up a meal full of flavor by using any of these tasty marinades:

Honey Lime Marinade

? cup Sue Bee® honey
¼ cup lime juice
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
¼ coconut milk
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp Sriracha sauce

Honey, lime and Sriracha combine their strong flavors to make this refreshing marinade that can dress up many different types of meats and seafood.

Best paired with: shrimp, chicken, pork tenderloin, salmon, mahi mahi, tilapia, vegetables

Honey Sriracha Marinade

¼ cup Sue Bee® honey
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp Sriracha chili sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar

This sweet and spicy marinade is perfect for those nights when your dinner needs a little extra kick! And you can easily adjust the recipe to fit whatever level of spice you’re looking for.

Best paired with: salmon, chicken, shrimp, tofu, cod, vegetables

Honey Soy Marinade

¾ cup Sue Bee® honey
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
? cup toasted sesame seed oil
? cup apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp freshly chopped ginger

A soy sauce and honey based marinade puts the perfect coating on whatever meat or seafood you’re fixing for dinner!

Best paired with: cod, salmon, shrimp, chicken, beef, tofu, vegetables

Honey Pineapple Marinade

? cup Sue Bee® honey
1 cup crushed pineapple
? cup soy sauce
¼ tsp powdered cloves
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper

No matter the season, the tropical taste of the honey and pineapple in this marinade will have you feeling like it’s summertime!

Best paired with: pork chops, chicken, shrimp, salmon, beef, vegetables

Honey Balsamic Marinade

¾ cup Sue Bee® honey
? cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp hot sauce
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Not only will you love the taste but you’ll love the effect the balsamic vinegar and honey have on the meat or seafood you’re cooking!

Best paired with: steak, chicken, salmon, cod, tilapia, pork, vegetables

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