Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

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Six ingredients and the possibilities are pretty unlimited with this versatile marinade recipe.

Spicy Asian Marinade in glass jar.

This Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade packs a lot of flavor, thanks to the chili paste and the sesame oil. Not to mention the garlic.

Kids seems to gravitate towards classic Asian flavors, so dunking almost anything in this marinade gets you to a dinner that everyone will be cheery about. A tablespoon or so of minced fresh peeled ginger wouldn’t hurt either. It’s great on beef, chicken or pork kebabs, and also wonderful with tofu.

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Asian Marinade for Tofu

A word about cooking tofu: tofu is sold packed in water, so it’s hard to get it really browned. Pressing it helps. Place the block of tofu on a large flat plate, place a paper towel on top, then place a second plate on the paper towel. Place a heavy book or some cans of beans on the top of the plate, and let it drain for about 45 minutes. Pour off the liquid, and cut the tofu into slices or cubes.

Beef Teriyaki Kebabs with Peppers, Zucchini / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Asian Marinade for Beef

Marinate the meat for kebabs in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours, and after pressing the tofu (see Note), marinate tofu for 1 to 2 hours. For more info about how long to marinate various foods, check out How Long Do I Marinate That?

Beef Teriyaki Kebabs with Peppers, Zucchini / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Grill, broil or saute whatever you are cooking, and if you’re going for a full on Asian meal, serve up some Pad Thai on the side.

This Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade packs a lot of flavor, thanks to the chili paste and the sesame oil. Great on meat kebabs or tofu.

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5 from 4 votes

Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

Six ingredients and the possibilities are pretty unlimited with this versatile marinade recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
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Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine mirin, sake or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon spicy chili paste or 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions 

  • Put the vegetable oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, rice wine, and chili paste in a bowl of a jar with a lid. Whisk or shake to combine well.

Notes

Kids seems to gravitate towards classic Asian flavors, so dunking almost anything in this marinade gets you to a dinner that everyone will be cheery about.  A tablespoon or so of minced fresh peeled ginger wouldn’t hurt either.  It’s great on beef, chicken or pork kebabs, and also wonderful with tofu.

Nutrition

Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 270mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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6 Comments

  1. Susan B says:

    This this was excellent! I hit a home run finding you for the first time here. I absolutely loved this recipe. I marinated chicken in it and cooked it a few minutes ago. It taste so good and my house smells wonderful. I’m putting together some stir fry bowls for the freezer. I’ll leave one in the fridge so I can have for dinner tomorrow. Thank you so much for this 5 ⭐️ recipe! I will definitely return for more fabulous recipes.

    1. Katie Workman says:

      so glad to hear!

  2. Annie says:

    We’ve enjoyed this on steak, chicken, pork and shrimp. You’ve done it again!

  3. Carrie Davis says:

    Great flavor combination! Used this for chicken kabobs. The spicy part wasn’t too big of a kick, I would probably add more next time. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Feebee says:

    This sounds great and easy! But how long will it last in the fridge?

    1. Katie Workman says:

      5 days (maybe even up to a week, if you ask me how long I’d use it!)