At the end of a hot summer day, we all like to fling a piece of chicken or fish or steak on the grill, and be eating dinner with no fuss in short order. But not a boring dinner, no that’s not for us.
If you want one boilerplate marinade for the summer, this is it. With this 5-ingredient mixture you’ll be turning the most basic piece of protein into a meal you’d be happy to serve your family and just about anyone who might stop by on a warm summer night. It will last for at least 5 days in the fridge.
This marinade is perfect for chicken, pork, shrimp, and any kind of fish, though tThis the the mustard chicken marinade I turn to over and over. Marinate chicken for at least 4 hours, up to 12 for bone-in pieces, shrimp for 30 minutes to 1 hour, and fish for 30 minutes max (more on marinating times here).
This is a vibrant mixture of lemon, garlic, shallots, and of course Dijon mustard. Truly when you start any marinade with garlic and lemons it’s hard to go wrong. The mustard helps emulsify the marinade, making it thicker so it really clings to the food. It will last for several days in the fridge, and if you are visiting a friend, a pretty jar of this makes a wonderful gift (especially if you then use it to make dinner).
Serve with a Garlicky Garden Pasta Salad, or a Modern Greek Salad. This is also a great salad dressing, especially if you substitute half the lemon juice with rice vinegar. And it takes well to all kinds of add-ins, like fresh basil, or green onions or scallions subbed in for all or part of the shallots.
Now that you’re in the marinating mood, and if you’re moving on from this terrific lemon chicken marinade (and more)….
But if you are just making one marinade all summer, I still pick this one:
Other Dijon Mustard Recipes:
- Dijon and Honey Crusted Pork Tenderloins
- Shredded Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
- Chicken with Arugula and Mustard Pan Sauce
- Egg and Potato Salad with Bacon
- Macaroni and Cheese
The Best, Basic Marinade of the Summer: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade
- Put the olive oil, shallots, lemon zest and juice, mustard, and salt and pepper in a salad shaker, bowl or a jar with a lid. Whisk or shake to combine well.
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