Sesame-Ginger Marinade

This marinade has it all: sweet, sour, and salty. Use it to flavor chicken, beef, pork, and salmon. Or, use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings and lettuce wraps. Be sure to follow our guide below on how long to marinate for each protein.

Excellent with salmon, chicken, pork, and steak!

Makes about 3/4 cup

Total time 10 minutes (plus marinating time)


  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper

Cooking instructions

Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Use to marinate 30 minutes to overnight depending on protein.

For seafood:

Marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour. (Longer may cause it to become mushy.)

For lean proteins like chicken breast, pork tenderloin, and pork chops:

Marinate 30 minutes to 2 hours.

For fattier proteins like chicken thighs and steaks:

Marinate 2 hours up to overnight.


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