THE BEST MARINADE EVER.
Did you hear me? I repeat: THE. BEST. MARINADE. EVER.
I can't believe I haven't posted this recipe yet! It should have been the FIRST recipe I posted! I think at first I wanted to keep it a secret so only I could make the best chicken-mwahahaha! But what's the use in having a great recipe if no one else can enjoy it? I found this recipe summer of '09 and we've made it several times. Everyone we've made it for LOVES it. It's great with pork and chicken. Pork- maybe a little greater.
So spicy (if you want).
It's the PERFECT summertime grillin' recipe. I haven't made this since we packed up our grill for the season, and my mouth is watering. I'm so excited for summer!!!
It's getting warmer, so bust out those grills and make this. Tonight. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Cilantro Lime Pork Chops (or chicken)
6–8 pork chops (or chicken tenders or breasts, I like tenders better because smaller pieces of chicken means more sauce per bite!)
1 cup finely chopped cilantro* (reserve a little for garnish)
1/4 cup peeled grated ginger* (promise me you'll use FRESH ginger—it's the best part!)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp fish sauce (find it in the Asian foods aisle. Don't smell it. But it makes a big difference in the recipe!)
Juice of one lime
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp–1 Tbsp red pepper flakes (or cayenne pepper), depending on how much heat you desire
1–2 garlic cloves, minced*
Coarse salt and pepper
*It takes a while to chop all the cilantro, grate the ginger, and mince the garlic...so what I do now is cut small pieces of ginger off the root and place it in a food processor with cilantro leaves and whole cloves of garlic. Then pulse away! This saves a lot of time!
Place all ingredients in a ziploc bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 2–3 hours. Grill for about 10 minutes, basting with leftover marinade until about halfway through (to make sure the raw juices cook).
What do we serve this with?
Rice, corn on the cob (YUM!) and a deliciously fresh summer fruit salad.
Best meal ever.