2 Quick And Easy Barbecue Marinades

These are two of my favourite barbecue marinades.

BBQ Marinades

BBQ marinades can be easy and still be fantastic

I am going to show you two of the easiest marinades that are perfect for fish, meat and vegetables. Use them for your Sunday roast or your next barbecue.

It is important to marinate meat for longer than fish and vegetables. I usually marinate my meat for about 48 hours. Fish and vegetables really only need about 20 minutes. These marinade recipes will work well with almost anything you want to cook on the barbecue.

Olive oil is becoming a lot more popular in Indian cooking so I have included my somewhat spicy olive oil marinade which I hope you have a chance to try soon.


These recipes make enough for about 1000g of meat or fish.

I’ve got a lot more barbecue marinades on the way so watch this space!

Olive Oil and Rosemary Marinade

125ml (1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil
2 large sprigs of rosemary – about 50 rosemary leaves
6 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
A pinch of salt

Using a pestle and mortar, grind the garlic, rosemary, black peppercorns and cumin seeds to a paste.

Add the chilli flakes and olive oil and stir to combine.

Add the salt and taste for flavouring. Then rub the marinade into the meat, fish or vegetables of your choice.

Yogurt Marinade

400ml (about 1 1/2 cups) plain yogurt
4 cloves garlic – smashed to a puree
1 inch ginger – smashed to a puree
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 small bunch finely chopped coriander (For meat and vegetables)
1 small bunch dill and a little chopped coriander (For fish)
1 tablespoon mango chutney (for meat)
Juice of one lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all of the ingredients together and cover your food of choice in the marinade.

This marinade – raita – also works very well as a dip for pappadams and as an accompaniment for naans and barbecued meats and fish. If you would like to use it to serve with fish or meat, try adding 1/2 cucumber – peeled, seeded and then grated. It really makes the dip!

If you enjoy these marinades, please be sure to watch my blog for more barbecue recipes! I’ve got quite a few on the way.

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