Red Wine Marinade (For Chicken, Pork, Steak)


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This is such a delicious Red Wine Marinade – and you can use it for any meat you like! It’s a perfect marinade for chicken, pork, or steak! Made with simple ingredients, it infuses the meat with lots of deep savory flavors and makes it extra juicy! This marinade works the best overnight, but even 1 hour will make a huge difference!

Red Wine Marinade

I love marinating meat in red wine. It’s not only a great way to use any leftover wine you have, but it also makes the meat so flavorful!

This delicious red wine marinade is absolutely universal. It works perfectly with chicken, pork, and beef. It works even with mushrooms!!

It’s savory, a little bit sweet, with a slight floral hint from rosemary and juniper berries. It’s especially gorgeous for chicken breast because it makes it extra juicy!

Delicious Red Wine Marinade
Delicious Red Wine Marinade

What you need and how to make it

The recipe is simple and you’ll need just a few basic ingredients. The good thing is that there are lots of substitution options available! 🙂

Here’s all you need for this red wine marinade:

  • Red wine – it can be dry or semi-dry red wine. Any you like/have. If you cannot consume alcohol, you can use add a bit of Worcestershire sauce instead and balsamic vinegar listed below.
  • Soy sauce – all-purpose soy sauce will be the best, but the light will do too.
  • Ketchup – any good quality ketchup. You can substitute the ketchup with passata (tomato purée) or tomato paste (but add less).
  • Garlic and onion – basics.
  • Rosemary – fresh or dried. If you don’t like it, feel free to use other herbs you like!
  • Brown sugar – or honey, maple syrup, white sugar.
  • Allspice berries and pepper – seasoning.
  • Juniper berries – great addition, but optional.
  • Balsamic vinegar – also optional. You can add it if you have it, but don’t worry too much about it.

Surely you have some of these ingredients already in your pantry!

When you have everything ready, just mix all the ingredients in a bowl or in a zip bag, add the meat, and marinate in the fridge!

Delicious Red Wine Marinade for chicken, pork, and beef.
Easy Red Wine Marinade for chicken, pork, and beef.

How to serve it

The meat is so flavourful that it doesn’t need much! A simple salad on the side, bread or mashed potatoes will be amazing here.

I served my chicken breast with a light, summer salad made with baby spinach, strawberries, blueberries, salted nuts, and balsamic-honey-lime vinegar. Delicious and easy to put together in a few minutes!

After cooking the meat, cover it with a piece of aluminum foil and let it rest for a few minutes. The meat will release the juices that can be totally used as a sauce!

Popular questions

What meat to use for the red wine marinade?

You can use (almost) any type of meat you like. This delicious marinade works with chicken, pork, and beef. It’s great for chicken breast, chicken thighs and drumsticks, pork chops, pork neck chops, pork loin, pork ribs, any beef steak cuts, and beef short ribs.

How long to marinate the meat?

The best idea is to marinate the meat overnight, but even 1 hour is enough.

How to cook the meat?

You can cook the meat on the stove with a cast iron skillet or grill pan or any other pan you have. You can totally put the meat on your grill/barbecue. With chicken cuts and pork or beef ribs, feel free to use the oven too!

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This is such a Delicious Red Wine Marinade - and you can use it for any meat you like! Perfect for chicken, pork, or steak! Made with simple ingredients, it infuses the meat with lots of deep savory flavors and makes it extra juicy! This marinade works the best overnight, but even 1 hour will make a difference!

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

Meat
 2 Steaks/Small breasts flattened/Pork chops etc.
Marinade
  cup Dry or semi-dry red wine (or 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce)
 ¼ cup Ketchup (good quality, or passata - tomato purée)
 ¼ cup Soy sauce
 2 Garlic cloves (crushed)
 3 Allspice berries
 1 Spring of fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tsp dried, or other herbs you like)
 1 tbsp Brown sugar (or honey, maple syrup, white sugar)
 1 tbsp Oil
 ½ Onion (roughly chopped)
 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (optional - but if skipping the wine, add it)
 3 Juniper berries (optional)
 Black pepper (to taste)

1

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a big bowl or a zip bag. Add your meat of choice and marinate for at least 1h in the fridge, the best overnight.

2

Heat a pan over low-medium heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Cook the meat both sides until nicely browned, around 5 minutes each side. If the meat is browning too quickly, lower the heat. Please note that cooking time depends on the type and size of meat.

3

Turn off the heat and cover the meat with a piece of aluminum foil for 5 minutes. It will release the juices - you can do it in the pan or when transferred on the plate. Up to you!

Ingredients

Meat
 2 Steaks/Small breasts flattened/Pork chops etc.
Marinade
  cup Dry or semi-dry red wine (or 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce)
 ¼ cup Ketchup (good quality, or passata - tomato purée)
 ¼ cup Soy sauce
 2 Garlic cloves (crushed)
 3 Allspice berries
 1 Spring of fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tsp dried, or other herbs you like)
 1 tbsp Brown sugar (or honey, maple syrup, white sugar)
 1 tbsp Oil
 ½ Onion (roughly chopped)
 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (optional - but if skipping the wine, add it)
 3 Juniper berries (optional)
 Black pepper (to taste)

Directions

1

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a big bowl or a zip bag. Add your meat of choice and marinate for at least 1h in the fridge, the best overnight.

2

Heat a pan over low-medium heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Cook the meat both sides until nicely browned, around 5 minutes each side. If the meat is browning too quickly, lower the heat. Please note that cooking time depends on the type and size of meat.

3

Turn off the heat and cover the meat with a piece of aluminum foil for 5 minutes. It will release the juices - you can do it in the pan or when transferred on the plate. Up to you!

Red Wine Marinade (For Chicken, Pork, Steak)

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8 Comments

  1. Alice V 21 June 2019 at 06:10

    I have never made a red wine marinade to go with chicken before but looking at the ingredient list, I can see how this can totally work. Pinning it for later and thanks for sharing it with us at #OMHGWW.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 24 June 2019 at 14:55

      Thanks Alice! You have to try!

      Reply
    1. Ewa 24 June 2019 at 14:55

      Thanks Chris!

      Reply
  2. Miz Helen 25 June 2019 at 18:02

    This looks like a great marinade that we will sure be trying this season! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

    Reply
    1. Ewa 25 June 2019 at 18:25

      Thanks Helen 🙂

      Reply
  3. Reviewsbyjay 26 June 2019 at 10:36

    My mouth is watering, I guess its lunch time

    Reply
  4. Ema 18 July 2019 at 18:06

    It can be a challenge to make a good delicious red wine marinade. Thank you for the tips.

    Reply

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