The unofficial end to summer may have come and gone but there’s still plenty of time left to grill before it gets too cold. This recipe packs a lot of flavor from its mix of spices paired with both citrus juice and zest. Add to it a bit of honey for some sweetness. The result? Super moist and juicy grilled meat.

Don’t be scared off by the list of ingredients as it’s very likely you already have most of these in your pantry and just need to get a few fresh oranges and lemons. The wonderful thing about this marinade is that it makes pretty much any meat better – chicken, lamb or pork. Or use it to marinate tofu for a tasty vegetarian entrée. And it’s safely gluten-free/wheat-free.

Pair this with Moroccan Carrot Salad for a truly Moroccan-inspired meal.

Moroccan Spice Marinade



Moroccan Spice Marinade
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 6 to 8
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest (~ 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (~ 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice (~ 1 orange)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (~ 1 to 2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3 pounds of meat (chicken, pork or lamb) or tofu
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place meat in a bowl or ziplock bag and add marinade.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for flavors to develop.
  3. Drain meat before grilling.
* Tip for juicing: place your citrus fruit in the microwave for about a minute on medium per piece of fruit to warm it up. Then rub the piece of fruit on the counter top with your palm back and forth. Warming up the fruit plus rubbing it breaks up the membrane to produce lots more juice.


Source:  Variation on recipe from Eating Well, July/August, 2014


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2015-09-10T06:56:02+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Categories: Main Dishes, Sauces|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |2 Comments


  1. David September 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    i love Moroccan food, and this marinade looks terrific. Also, I love your measuring spoons – that is a great photo!

    • Nicole September 12, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      David – Thank you! This is a huge compliment coming from you as you have the best staged photos and “props.” I was struggling with this photo as a picture of marinated and then grilled chicken is pretty boring so I was excited when I thought of this version that incorporated spoons from a friend who hoped that I’d use them in some RP photos. It all worked out. Plus some yummy food.

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