Your perfect (Healthy & Delicious) Marinade Formula

Jul 24, 2021

 by Leon Beeloo

Marinades are great for giving your food an amazing taste.  But there is a bit of a formula involved to do it right.

You don’t need a lot of specialty ingredients or a secret recipe to make an amazing marinade for fish, poultry, steak, or even vegetables!

Once you know this formula, which combines the right ratio of healthy fats, good-for-you acids, and yummy seasonings, you can create your OWN recipes. This formula matters because:

  • Fats help evenly distribute your seasonings and “extras” over the surface of the food you’re marinating – and helps stop the acid from making the food too tender or mushy.
  • Acid tenderizes your food, which also allows it to absorb more of the flavors you use.

Here are some marinade component ideas to get you started 

Fats include:

  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • full-fat coconut milk

Acids include: 

  • Vinegar (apple cider, rice wine etc)
  • Citrus Juice
  • Buttermilk or Full Fat yogurt

Seasonings include:

  • Coconut aminos
  • Soy sauce
  • Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Sriracha sauce


  • Minced/pressed garlic or ginger
  • Herbs (fresh or dry)
  • Spices
  • Citrus zest
  • Sweeteners like honey or maple syrup
  • Chile peppers
  • Salt

Always taste your marinade and adjust your seasonings – some seasonings and acids pack more punch than others. Your taste buds are smarter than any formula.