We love a good marinade. What we don’t love is languishing in the marinade aisle at the grocery store, unsure of the ingredients and the flavors that will come out of the many multicolor bottles. Where do you begin? As it happens, at home. We found a solution to the marinade conundrum: Make it yourself. With just a few kitchen staples and the tiniest bit of elbow grease, you’ll find it so easy to mix up a delicious marinade to complement your dinner dishes, from beef to pork to fish.
Our easy recipes for kitchen-made marinades use minimal ingredients (just two!) to great effect. All you need to do is add a splash of a neutral cooking oil (like canola oil or olive oil) to equal parts of the kitchen stalwarts described below, and you will have yourself a few show-stopping 2-ingredient marinades. These are great to have in your culinary arsenal for upgrading busy weeknight dinners.