Ready in just 5 minutes, this honey soy marinade is the perfect quick and easy marinade that can be used in so many ways. With just 4 ingredients, it’s a sweet, salty and savory marinade or sauce that will elevate everything from chicken, and shrimp to salmon, fish, steak, or vegetables.

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Visual Guide: How to Make Honey Soy Marinade

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Testing Notes from Robyn

As a habits expert, I’m a huge fan of simple dressings and sauces that can take a simple meal to something delicious and interesting with minimal time and effort.

Without a lot of work and in just a few minutes, you can whip up a marinade that tenderizes and infuses meat or vegetables with flavor, or use it as a sauce on already cooked meat, vegetables, or bowls to give them a boost.

This honey soy garlic marinade is a the perfect marinade and sauce to have on hand for any meal, because it uses only 4 ingredients – and can take anything from rotisserie chicken to some vegetables from a boring, basic dinner to something really tasty without a lot of effort.

The ingredients may look simple but don’t let that fool you – we may be using just 4 ingredients, but these pantry ingredients make a delicious marinade that’s bursting with sweet, salty, and umami flavors.

Add this easy soy sauce marinade to your arsenal of super simple and minimal ingredient marinades along with honey mustard marinade, honey sriracha marinade, balsamic marinade, and buffalo chicken marinade for easy and delicious meals in no time!

Note: I put directions for you below on exactly how I use this to marinate chicken, but it works great for other types of meat and vegetables. You can also use it as a sauce.

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Ingredient Notes

This recipe requires no chopping – you just need a garlic press.

Since there are only 4 ingredients, I highly recommend using fresh garlic. I tried garlic powder and found that the flavor just wasn’t there.

But, in a pinch you can use garlic powder.

Instead of soy sauce, you could use gluten free tamari.

Marinade FAQs

How can I make honey soy marinade ahead of time?

This is a marinade or sauce that’s great to have on hand in the fridge for any meal! You can make it in advance and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Allow to come to room temperature before using.

Can I freeze the marinade?

Yes! If you are making easy honey soy chicken, you can freeze the marinade and uncooked chicken together for a super easy meal.

Simply place the marinade and chicken in a 1-gallon freezer bag and stick in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use, defrost the chicken and marinade in the fridge and cook immediately.

Can I use the marinade for other meats or vegetables?

This is such a versatile marinade!

It’s an easy soy sauce marinade for steak, quick marinade or drizzle sauce for shrimp and salmon, or for a hearty vegetarian main dish, try it with portobello mushrooms.

For marinating shrimp and salmon, marinate for 30 minutes maximum.

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Easy Honey Soy Marinade (4-Ingredients!)

Ready in 5 minutes, this 4-ingredient honey soy marinade is the perfect quick and easy marinade that can be used in so many ways. 

Ingredients

For the Honey Soy Marinade

  • ¼ cup soy sauce, or gluten-free tamari
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

For Honey Soy Chicken

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts , or boneless chicken thighs, steak, salmon, shrimp, or portabella mushrooms

Instructions 

Make the Marinade

  • Whisk the soy sauce, honey, garlic, and lime juice together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  • Use immediately or store, covered, refrigerated for up to 5 days.

For Honey Soy Chicken

  • Set aside ¼ cup (half) of the marinade.
  • Add the remaining ¼ cup of marinade to a large baking dish or 1-gallon zip-top bag. Toss the chicken in the marinade to coat, then press as much air out of the bag (if using) as possible, or cover (if using a baking dish). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 4 hours, flipping halfway through. 
  • When ready to grill, heat a gas grill to high. Allow to preheat, then remove the chicken from the marinade, shake off any excess, and discard any remaining marinade from the bag or dish.
  • Grill, with the cover down, for 7-9 minutes, then flip, and grill uncovered until the internal temperature reaches 165F, about 2-7 additional minutes.
  • Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup of marinade. Slice against the grain into ½ inch slices and serve.

Oven Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Add the chicken to a foil or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup of marinade. Slice against the grain into ½ inch slices and serve.

Notes

For more ingredients & modifications and fun ways to use this sauce, see the blog post above.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 (of 8), Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 435mg, Potassium: 451mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 36IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg
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