Marinade and Marinate

The words marinade and marinate are confused so often, the distinction between them is starting to blur.


The word marinade means a sauce in which food is soaked before cooking. For example:
  • A good marinade makes foods tastier, juicier, healthier, and more
  • With a marinade, the combination of oil, acid and flavour protects foods from the heat of the grill.
Marinade started out life as a noun, but it is used so often as a verb, many dictionaries now list it as one. For example:
  • Marinade the meat for at least 24 hours before cooking.
  • (We can't bring ourselves to give this a tick, but it is acceptable to use marinade as verb nowadays.)


The word marinate is a verb which means to soak in marinade. For example:
  • We need to marinate the meat before tomorrow.
  • Marinating is a great way to intensify the flavour of food with just a few basic
Don't forget the verb to marinate has other forms:
  • He marinates...
  • It was marinating...
  • It was marinated...

Meat marinating in a marinade

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