Spicy Thai Marinade with Basil and Cilantro


Chef Bill Kim likes to use this spicy, citrus-scented marinade on steak, but it's also great on chicken and shrimp

Spicy Thai Marinade with Basil and Cilantro
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
15 mins
1 cup


  • 1/4 cup basil leaves

  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves

  • 8 peeled garlic cloves

  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek or other Asian chile sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


  1. In a mini food processor, pulse the basil, cilantro, garlic, sambal oelek and fish sauce until finely chopped. Add the lemon and lime zests and oil; pulse until the marinade is fairly smooth. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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