Cilantro Lime Marinade Recipe

cilantro lime

Freshening up your Freezer!

by Gabrielle Moes, Owner & Executive Chef of Seasons Catering

At Seasons Catering, one of our favorite mantras is “fresh is best”. While we definitely stick to that when it comes to providing clients with amazing dishes, my freezer at home is always stocked with a few frozen basics so that I am never caught empty-handed at dinnertime. Like most of you, I always have either chicken thighs or breasts on hand. Both are easy to thaw and easy to cook. However, alone they are pretty boring. Whether it is used as a marinade, simmering, or dipping sauce, the following recipe will be sure to transform any boring chicken breast into an amazing dish.

This sauce is not just for chicken though! I make a big batch and store in a glass jar in the fridge to be used as a dipping sauce, marinade, salad dressing or sandwich condiment for that week. It is fresh, sweet, and truly goes with anything! Sky is the limit on this one! 

Cilantro-Lime Marinade

  • 1 1/4 fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 large shallots, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha Thai hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

Combine all ingredients (except olive oil) in blender and combine until smooth. Slowly stream in olive oil while blending. Add salt at end to taste.

Gabrielle Moes is the owner and executive chef of Seasons Catering and mother to three. She earned an Associate of Occupational Studies degree in the Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy and interned at the acclaimed A Pacific Cafe in Kauai. She spent 7 years as the executive chef of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club before starting Seasons Catering.

Seasons Catering is a full service catering company dedicated to creating memorable events through its impeccable service, exquisite food, and creative presentations. They are proud to create menus to suit every catering need and budget, and are determined to maintain high standards of service and presentation whatever the event may be. Check out the weekly blog for insights and tips into the culinary world!

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