When talking about #PerfectPairings we can't ignore the match-made-in-heaven that is a good quality cut of meat with a delicious marinade or spice rub. This week we've written out our 5 favourite combinations so that you can spice up your cooking routine in no time!

marinades GIF

Spice blends

1. Za'atar

Serving suggestions: Simply serve with olive oil on lebanese bread/pita, or on chicken, steak or roasted potatoes for a delicious kick!

  • 250 g white or black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 TBSP dried thyme
  • 1 TBSP dried sumac
  • 2 tsp dried oregano

2. Adobo Spice Mix

Serving suggestions: Typically Adobo flavours pair well with pork or chicken, so this spice mix can be made into a wet marinade mix by adding 4 TBSP olive oil. You can also sprinkle this seasoning to beans, rice, and stews to add a punchier flavour.

  • 2 TBSP salt
  • 1 TBSP paprika
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1.3 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp bay leaf powder

Marinades

1. Chimichurri

Chimichurri is super versatile doubling as both a sauce and a marinade. It shines especially well when you're barbecuing or grilling beef! Recipe makes 500ml

  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 40g flat leaf parsley, including stems roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 125ml red wine vinegar

chimichurri

2. Peri Peri Marinade

  • Juice of 2 lemons, zest of 1
  • 6 long red chillies, seeds removed, roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
  • 4 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt

3. Pineapple Marinade

Pineapples contain enzymes that help tenderize meat, so this marinade is particularly good left on cheaper cuts overnight. Serving suggestions: Works well with chicken breast, pork steaks, beef steak or cheaper cuts such as flank, hangar and even eye round.

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple (cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari for gluten free
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 40g coriander, roughly chopped both stems and leaves

Happy Cooking!