Easy Teriyaki Marinade

Easy Teriyaki Marinade is a really simple and delicious marinade that can be done quickly in the blender. Click Here if you need some tips on building a wood fire for grilling your teriyaki.

Yield: about 2 cups, enough marinade for about three pounds of meat.
1 cup regular soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 of a green onion
3 cloves of peeled garlic
2 sprigs of cilantro
1 inch x 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into three pieces

Add all of the ingredients to a blender pitcher and puree until smooth.

Put three pounds of your favorite protein in a container or a resealable plastic bag. The container should be just large enough so the marinade will pool up the sides of the container and most of the meat will stay submerged.

Pour the marinade over the meat and mix everything together well

Let the meat marinate for at least overnight and up to three days.  I’ve seen some restaurants marinate their meat for at least three days before they serve it.  Remix everything together every 24 hours if you decide to marinate for multiple days.

Try out these different cuts of meat for you teriyaki.
Beef short ribs, cut 1/2″ thick
Pork shoulder cut into 1/4″ thick slices
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs butterflied to 1/2″ thickness

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If you’re able to cook this over a hot wood fire then I would do it.  If not, use a charcoal or propane grill on high heat.  You can even use a grill pan on the stove but the house is going to get smoky.  Make sure your grill is very hot and clean before you lay the meat on.  You can even put a little oil on a towel and rub it onto the hot grill for nice clean grill marks and more even cooking. When you put the meat on there should be a loud sizzle and a little smoke.  If you don’t get that your grill probably isn’t hot enough.  Cook for about five minutes on each side.  When you flip the meat it should be well-seared with some char on it.   Do the same for about five minutes on the other side.  Take it off and enjoy your work!
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