Marinating your food before cooking or grilling adds moisture and so much flavor.
This is one of my favorite marinades. It is really great for seafood and chicken.

It doesn’t take a lot of basil, but it packs a big flavorful punch.

You will need a blender or food processor.


20-30 fresh basil leaves- no stems
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 peeled garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Put all the ingredients into the container of blender and blend until you have a smooth paste.

                                                        This is what it will look like.

Now you can pour it into a jar and store in the fridge for up to 3 days or you can use it immediately.

This will make 1 cup basil marinade and will marinade 3 pounds of meat.

You marinate seafood for an hour and poultry for 2 hours.

I’d like to thank Steven Raichlen for his marvelous recipe.