A Third-A Third-A Third Marinade
One cup of marinade is a sufficient quantity for two to three pounds of seafood, meat, or vegetables when marinated in a zipper-top bag. A bag allows the liquid to flow freely around the food; if using a bowl, a larger quantity of marinade may be required to evenly coat.


  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon sesame oil (I use this when grilling salmon or tuna)


  1. Mix all ingredients together and use as a marinade for chicken, salmon, tuna, pork and/or your favorite vegetables for grilling. You can make any quantity needed based on the amount of food to be grilled. (As noted above, roughly one-third cup of marinade per pound of meat or veggies is perfect when marinating in a zipper-top bag.) Simply follow the basic formula: equal parts of each ingredient, adding one tablespoon of sesame oil per cup of marinade if choosing the sesame variation.
  2. Prior to grilling, allow chicken or pork to marinate in the refrigerator for at least several hours and up to all day. Seafood and vegetables are best soaked for at least 20-30 minutes but not more than two hours. Occasionally flipping the bag will redistribute the liquid throughout the items being marinated.


  • I have tried this recipe using lime juice instead of the lemon juice. Lemon juice is my preference, although lime could certainly be substituted if that is what you have on hand.

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