Ginger and Lime BBQ Marinade Recipe

My easy ginger and lime BBQ marinade recipe is perfect for light flavoured meats such as monk fish or chicken.

Any citrus fruit works well with fish and the ginger just adds that extra tangy kick that makes chicken breast my other suggestion. You could even try prawns or shrimps and add a few dried chili flakes for an extra kick.

Citric acid (abundant in lime) is a great way to add flavour to meat and tenderise it at the same time but don't leave the marinade on for more than 2 hours otherwise the acid will tighten the protein bonds on the surface of chicken and start to toughen it.

Likewise if using it on fish then too long in a marinade and the surface of the flesh will start to go mushy. My ginger and lime BBQ marinade only serves to flavour the surface of fish so with fish I'd probably just give it 30 minutes, no more.

Yield:- 240ml or 1 cup

Preparation Time:- 10 minutes
Marinade Time:- 1 hours approx

Total Time:- 1 hour 10 minutes


No allergens in this recipe.


  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch fresh root ginger
  • 1 large clove garlic crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


Place the fish / chicken in a flat bottomed bowl suitable for marinading (non metallic) - if it has a flat bottom it just helps keep more of the marinade in contact with the meat.

Mix up all the ingredients and pour over your fish / chicken and then sprinkle with the zest of one lime. Cover and marinate 30 mins - 2 hours but don't refrigerate because:-

  1. For such a short space of time your fish / meat isn't going to spoil
  2. Direct grilling when the core of the meat is already up to room temperature makes it easier to get the core up to a safe temperature without drying the outer area with too much heat.
  3. The olive oil in the marinade will go cloudy and gelatinous and as such the marinade molecules can't penetrate the meat surface.

Monk fish will take about 10 minutes to cook and chicken breast another 5 minutes on top. Clearly this is dependent on how thick the meat is so vary accordingly.

As a serving suggestion, check out my fruity salad that I’ve done with scallops – just replace the scallops and you’ve got a really healthy meal.


See Also:-

More Barbecue Marinades
Turkish Style Grilled Chicken Marinade
Barbecue Fish Recipes

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