I generally find that gluten free marinades fall into one of four types.
One, an oil or fat based marinade which can be homemade and is usually naturally gluten-free.
Two, an herb, garlic, and oil marinade, which again, can be homemade, and is usually naturally gluten free. One exception, may be, a soy sauce base with garlic and ginger. Then, you need to use a gluten-free soy sauce, since many of them contain wheat.
Third, an acid base marinade with vinegar or lemon juice. Some chefs will say that acid base marinades are the best for tenderizing, and others will say it’s the worst way to tenderize unless you pair the acid and protein source correctly. And, others, like Bon Appetit, will agree that buttermilk or yogurt is the best way to tenderize meat.
Fourth, a salty or sweet marinade which is usually made from soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, or hot sauce. And, many of these contain gluten. You can still make a sweet homemade gluten free marinade, but you need to ensure all the ingredients are gluten free which can pose a challenge for some people.
I created a gluten free marinades list to help those that want to buy a bottled marinade. Many of these are a salty or sweet marinade.
Gluten Free Marinade List
Gluten Free Marinades for Beef
Schlotterbeck & Foss – Steakhouse Marinade
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