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Pimento Marinade

Pimento Marinade
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Pimento Marinade is a crazy good Portuguese style marinade. Just combine the ingredients together and marinate your choice of meat. It’s good with Chicken, Pork, Beef, and Seafood.

It’s more than a marinade, too. Reduce it and use as a sauce to drizzle over meats or placed in a small dipping bowl to dip meat into.

Pimento marinade Ingredients

Made with simple ingredients and customizable to whatever seasonings you want to add. The base marinade is Oil, Pimento Paste and Lemon Juice.

Neutral Oil

Use a Neutral Oil or Olive Oil in cases where it will match with what you are marinating. I try to avoid Canola or Vegetable Oil, preferring Sunflower Oil as a neutral oil.

Sunflower Oil
Sunflower Oil

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice from the bottle will work just fine here. It lifts the flavors up and works well in the marinade.

Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice

Pimento Paste

This is just an amazing ingredient! Ever since I was introduced to it, I keep finding other ways to use it. You definitely want a good quality one. Pick this up at your local Portuguese Grocery store. Ferma Pimento Paste comes in two flavors (Hot & Sweet).

This recipe makes use of the Sweet Pimento Paste. Although you could use Hot if you wanted spicy or just add a small amount of Hot Pimento paste to the Sweet Pimento paste for a bit of heat.

Pimento Paste Sweet
Pimento Paste Sweet

Smoked Paprika

This is very complimentary to the Pimento paste and adds that slight Smokey Aroma & Flavor. Optionally replace some of the Smoked Paprika with Hot Paprika for some heat.

This recipe calls for 1 Tbl of Smoked paprika. Reduce the Smoked Paprika by how much Hot Paprika you wish to add. I wouldn’t reduce the Smoked Paprika any less than 1/2 a Tbl.

Hodi Paprika
Hodi Paprika

Seasoning

Okay, here is where things can go to the next level. Add some more flavor with a seasoning blend that will work well with the marinade and choice of meat being marinated. Some Ideas are below. Add Salt & Pepper to taste to the finished Sauce if needed.

  • JAH Rotisserie Seasoning – I use this for the Rotisserie marinated Chicken & Pork Chops
  • Montreal Steak Spice
  • Cajun or Creole Seasoning
  • Portuguese Seasoning
  • Onion & Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder

Pimento Marinade Sauce

Reduce the sauce to serve with the meal. If you prefer, double the batch up and use half for the marinade and the other half for the sauce.

Drizzle the reduced sauce over the meat or serve in a small dipping bowl to dip pieces of meat into.

Pimento Marinade Dipping Sauce
Pimento Marinade Dipping Sauce

Rotisserie Marinated Chicken

Marinated Drumsticks baked in the oven with the sauce reduced and served on the side for dipping.

Marinated Rotisserie Drumsticks
Marinated Rotisserie Drumsticks

Rotisserie Marinated Pork Chops

Pork Chops Marinated and cooked Stove top with the marinade and 1/2 C of water, covered for 45 minutes on medium heat.

Rotisserie Marinated Pork Chops
Rotisserie Marinated Pork Chops
Pimento Marinade

Pimento Marinade

A Beautiful Portuguese Style Marinade for various meats and can be reduced down into a sauce drizzled over meats or served on the side in a small dipping bowl.
Servings: 1 portion
Prep5 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1/4 C Sunflower Oil - or other Neutral Oil
  • 1/4 C Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 C Pimento Paste - Sweet or Hot for Spicy
  • 1 Tbl Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Tbl JAH Rotisserie Seasoning - or other seasoning blends – see notes

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients together and mix well. Use to marinade meats.
  • After the meat has marinated, the sauce can be reduced down to serve over meats or as a dipping sauce.
  • If you prefer, you can double the batch and use half to marinate and the other half to create the sauce.
    Add Salt & Pepper if needed to the finished sauce, depending on what seasonings you added.

Notes

I use this marinade with Rotisserie Seasoning for both Chicken & Pork. However, the marinade is good all by itself and can be used as is or with other seasoning blends in place of. Some ideas are
  • Montreal Steak Spice
  • Cajun or Creole Seasoning
  • Portuguese Seasoning
  • Onion & Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Canadian, Portuguese
Keywords: Pimento Marinade, Portuguese Style Marinade
Author: JAH

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