All-Purpose Asian Marinade

by Alonzo Cantu August 01, 2020 1 min read

All-Purpose Asian Marinade

A good marinade can take any piece of meat to the next level. This Asian inspired marinade combines sweet and spicy flavors perfect for beef, pork, and chicken. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Sesame oil
  • Chili garlic sauce

The Process:

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Whisk until combined. Pour just enough marinade to cover all surfaces of the meat. A little goes a long way with marinade. I like to reserve half of the marinade to turn into sauce and use the other half to marinade 2 skirt steaks.

Marinade for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Turn reserved marinade into sauce by adding water and cornstarch. Here’s how:

  • Reserve half of the marinade and add it to a saucepan on medium heat.
  • Mix ½ cup of water with 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to make a slurry.
  • Add the slurry to the saucepan and stir until the sauce thickens.

All-purpose Asian Marinade

Prep Time: 5 minutes     Marinade Time: 4 hours-Overnight



½ cup

Soy sauce

¼ cup

Brown sugar

1 tablespoon


1 tablespoon

Sesame oil

2 tablespoons

Chili garlic sauce

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup. Whisk until combined. Pour enough marinade over your desired meat to cover every surface. Marinade for 4 hours or overnight.


Alonzo Cantu
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