Marinades and Pastes

Sometimes, you don’t need to frantically go through your cookbooks, trying to find that perfect recipe to break out of the middle of the week cooking doldrums. The answer to making great food is often right at your fingertips. Using just the right marinades and pastes can make a real difference when it comes to your meals. Whether you’re cooking for a large get-together, having a backyard barbecue or are simply trying to whip up something new for the family, the right marinade or paste is a top-secret weapon, offering delicious flavor with minimal effort. Choose from a selection of different cooking sauces, marinades and spices we carry at Williams-Sonoma, all designed to make every meal a delicious one that everyone will enjoy.


One of the best things about marinades and sauces is that they are extremely versatile. Toss chicken or fish with just a little bit of marinade before cooking if you’re short on time. Deeply soak meats and vegetables in a marinade overnight for a full-on flavor. You can also brush steaks, chops and other meats with a marinade right before you put food on the grill, or brush pan-fried food with just a little bit of marinade to add a bit of zest.


The type of marinade you use makes a big difference in flavor. Asian marinades, such as a Japanese glaze, can make a world of difference when it comes to your cooking. Look for a glaze with a soy base but also with a combination of other flavors for tasty, juicy food. A combination of sake, mirin and citrus flavors works well on chicken or fish. In fact, with the right glaze, you can make authentic-style Japanese yakitori. This kind of glaze also works well with just a couple drops sprinkled atop rice or as a substitute for teriyaki if you require one.


Beyond Asian cuisine, simple sauces also create some of the best meals. Consider a sauce with a hearty garlic and lemon base, as this type of marinade is versatile enough to put on nearly every dish. Slather it onto entrées, such as baked chicken, dip chicken or steak shish kebabs in it overnight, or use it as an add-on sauce when you’re preparing chicken or fish. Lemon and garlic rub or sauce is also terrific on pork dishes as well, and it’s a worthwhile choice when it comes to a base for your ribs. Grill chops marinated in lemon garlic sauce, or add just a pinch to your pulled pork or brisket.

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