Marinade or Marinate?
Marinade or Marinate?What is the difference between "marinade" and "marinate"?
- "A marinade" is a sauce used to soak food before cooking.
- Soak the chicken in the marinade overnight. (The word "marinade" is a noun that means "soaking sauce.")
- "To marinate" is the corresponding verb. It means "to soak food in a marinade."
- Marinate the chicken overnight.
More about "Marinade" and "Marinate"The words "marinade" and "marinate" are confused so often that the distinction between them is blurring.
MarinadeThe word "marinade" means "a sauce in which food is soaked before cooking." For example:
- A good marinade makes foods tastier, juicier, healthier, and more tender.
- With a marinade, the combination of oil, acid, and flavor protects foods from the heat of the grill.
- 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 a verb nowadays.)
This graph from Google's Ngram viewer shows the recent rise of "marinade" as a verb.
MarinateThe word "marinate" is a verb. It means "to soak in a 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
- He marinates... (This is the verb to marinate in the simple present tense.)
- It was marinating... (Here, "marinating" is the present participle.)
- It was marinated... (Here, "marinated" is the past participle.)
Meat marinating in a marinade