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Absolutely Ultimate Marinade Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Absolutely Ultimate Marinade

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"This has been the secret recipe in my family for years. All of our guests rave about it! The only downfall is that we always wind up hosting! This works great with chicken and steak. Try some of each."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    15 mins


  1. Place the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix toasted sesame seeds, green onions, garlic, tahini, soy sauce, white sugar, red wine vinegar, and pepper. Place desired meat in the mixture, cover, and marinate as long as you like, but overnight is best. Grill as desired.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 12, 2011

Excellent marinade! My husband and I loved it! I didn't have tahini, so I subbed 2 Tbsp. of sesame oil which worked great. I also used 1/4 cup of Splenda for the white sugar and low sodium soy sauce. I cut the chicken into chunks for kabobs and let it marinate about 8 hours. Boy, was this ever good! It has a sweet, oriental flair to it and is "Absolutely Addictive". It's great paired with steamed broccoli, carrots, baby corn and rice.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

Unfortunately, I did not care for this at all! And I usually love tahini-based foods. There was something - well, disgusting about the aftertaste of this marinade! It was almost like my veggie skewers had been soaking in glue for hours. It will take a lot for me to try this again.

Sep 10, 2003

My word, what a magnificent flavor this marinade did bring to my grilled vegetables on the Fourth of July. I made the marinade in a big bowl, tossed in peppers, onions, broccoli, etc., and allowed them to marinate for about 4 hours. Then I placed the vegetables and some of the marinade in a foil packet and put them onto the grill. The only fireworks display nicer than the one in the sky was the one this marinade brought to my tastebuds. God bless America!

Jan 25, 2004

The best I've ever had. If you don't have Tahini (Sesame paste), Sesame oil works well too. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

Sep 03, 2003

This was an excellent marinade with a sweet taste. Best meat I ever had. My friends and I made it for a cookout at school. Those of you wondering what tahini is, it's ground up sesame seed, also known as sesame butter. You can't find it at a normal grocery store, so try the local import store - it's a Middle Eastern thing (or if you're feeling bold, grind up some sesame seeds). Dehydrated onions work fine for the onions. The tahini smells nasty, just make sure that the marinade smells somewhat sweet and your meat will taste sweet. We also added a pinch of oregano. Excellent!

Aug 24, 2003

I used this for veggie kebobs, eggplant, mushrooms, red and green peppers, onions, and zucchini, and it worked perfectly.

Jan 25, 2004

I was planning on using this recipe for my daughters birthday party but being the skeptic that I am I wanted to taste test it first. It was great! Even my five year old commented how good it was. I used the marinade for london broil and heated up the reserved marinade and poured over the meat with sauteed mushrooms. Surprisingly I found the tahini in the kosher section of the supermarket. I am definitely making this for the party!

Jan 25, 2004

This marinade was the perfect change to our family's boring ones. Not only is the resulting taste really good, but it makes meat very soft. It works well with beef fajita and beef sirloin steaks, meats that matter the most when they're tender. Don't marinate for more than a day, though, or the meat doesn't come out as juicy or soft. Even the pickiest members of the family liked this marinade (myself included)!


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