Lemon & Ginger Marinade for Grilled Meats

I am loving the grill, and all of the delicious flavors coming from this Lemon and Ginger Marinade.  Perfect for any meat on the grill but especially on chicken and shrimp.

lemon and ginger marinade

Lemon & Ginger Marinade

lemon marinade for chicken

This marinade is best if you let your meat soak in it for a long time. It’s also a delicious sauce that you can pour over your grilled meats.

lemon and ginger marinade for grilled meat

How long do you need to marinate meat?

Meat tends to taste best after it has been in a marinade for about 2 hours

You can marinate meat for as little as 30 minutes

Cover the meat that is in the marinade and put it in the refrigerator to soak up the flavors

It’s best to use meat that has been soaking in the marinade on the same day

Can you re-use Marinade?

The marinade has most likely had meat soaking in it. For that reason, bacteria can settle inside the marinade and it is best to just throw out extra juices

If you want to use a portion of the marinade as a sauce, then you should pour some into a container before any meat has touched it and set it aside

If you do decide to re-use marinade that has touched raw meat, then boil it long enough to kill any bacteria

How can you use the marinade as a sauce?

Typically, you can take any marinade that you have set aside and boil it down into a sauce. The marinade will probably be reduced by half before you start to notice it thickening into a delicious sauce.

If you want to really thicken the sauce, you can use a combination of 2 parts cornstarch or flour to 1 part water mixture as a thickening agent


Ginger & Lemon Marinade

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of fresh pasley
  • 1/2 cup of fresh chives
  • 1&1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. ginger powder
  • Olive Oil


  1. With the exception of the olive oil – blend everything together in a food processor, or blender
  2. Place meat into a container
  3. Depending on whether or not you are using more than one type of meat, either divide the marinade up into different containers, or place it all into one conainer
  4. Place your meat into the marinade
  5. Refrigerate with cover on for 2 hours or longer – turning occasionally
  6. Cut meat, or poultry. Leave shrimp intact, and skewer
  7. Grill making sure to brush the meat with olive oil occasionally
  8. Chicken should grill for about 10-12 minutes. Make sure the chicken is no longer pink in the middle
  9. Shrimp should require less time. It will turn white and pink or orange, and be firm to the touch (about 4-5 min.)
  10. Cook meat to desired doneness
  11. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from the latest issue of Taste of Home 

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