Soy-Ginger Meat Marinade

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For birthdays at our house, we let the Birthday Boy or Girl choose the supper menu. Myself included. If it’s not in the budget to go out to eat, then I usually propose my favorite mode of cooking: grilling. That way I do a little prep in the kitchen, but my husband is responsible for getting things hot and ready. He willingly does that, so that, in itself, is a gift.

One of my favorite grilled foods is tri-tip. In Southern California, I can buy this on sale for less than $2/pound, which is my target price for meat. However, that cut is not quite as affordable in other regions of the country. That’s when a good London broil or flank steak comes in handy. Usually, I saw that for as low as $1.49/pound in Kansas City. (You’ll have to let me know meat prices in your neck of the woods in the comments.)

One of the beauties of a tri-tip or london broil is that you can buy a large, inexpensive piece of meat, grill it, and then slice it for serving. It’s not as if you have to have an individual steak for each person which can be very pricey. Grilling a “roast”-like piece of meat is the best of both worlds: have your steak and pay for it, too.

Usually these types of meat do really well in a marinade. This is a tangy-flavored sauce that permeates the meat. If you buy just a small piece of ginger and purchase the other items with coupons, you can keep this a relatively budget meal. Though the purists would say you can’t sub dried ginger for fresh, I’ve done it here, and it still tastes great.


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Soy-Ginger Marinade
Prep Time
5 mins
This flavorful marinade works well on beef, pork, and chicken
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian-fusion
Keyword: beef marinade, chicken marinade, marinade, pork marinade
Calories: 521 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger or 1/4 teaspoon dried, ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl. Place meat in a glass dish or ziptop bag. Pour marinade over meat. Allow meat to marinate in the refrigerator for several hours. You can also place the bag in the freezer to use at a later date. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before cooking.
  2. Cook over a hot grill until done.
Recipe Notes

To freeze: You can store the prepared marinade in an airtight container for up to two months. Thaw before adding to meat.

Please note that nutritional information only applies to the marinade itself, not the meat. Since meat does not absorb all the marinade, not all these values will be absorbed by the meat or present in the final dish.

Nutrition Facts
Soy-Ginger Marinade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 44g275%
Sodium 3250mg141%
Potassium 123mg4%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 148IU3%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

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  1. pam says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Tri -tip, but here in Florida its- wait, let me check the one I have out defrosting- its $8.69 a pound!! when I can find it. My butcher knows me, and sometimes saves one in the back for me instead of slicing them all into steaks. ICK, love the roast. I am floored that you can get it for 2 and under…Your marinade sounds so delish that I am giving it a whirl tonight…

    • Jessica says

      This post is a few years old. The current untrimmed price on sale is $2.99.

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