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Spicy Sesame Asian Marinade

by Katie Workman  •  August 17, 2013 Makes 2/3 cup

This marinade packs a lot of flavor, thanks to the chili paste and the sesame oil.  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.

IMG_2911 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.  Grill, broil or saute whatever you are cooking, and serve up some Pad Thai on the side.

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)

  1. 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.

Note: 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.

Other marinade you might like to try:

Ginger, Lime and Mint Marinade

Indian Curry Yogurt Marinade

Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

Jamaican Jerk Style Marinade

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  1. Aug 28, 2013
    @ 11:12 AM
    Courtney says ....

    Can I store this sesame asain marinade or do I need to make it as I use it?


    • Aug 29, 2013
      @ 12:34 PM
      Katie Workman says ....

      It will store for a week very happily!


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