The Only Marinade You Will Ever Need: Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

Dijon, Garlic, and Lemon Marinade. © Katie Workman /
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2/3 cup (6 servings)
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With this 5-ingredient mixture you’ll be turning the most basic piece of protein into a meal you’d be happy to serve your family and just about anyone who might stop by.  This will last for at least 5 days in the fridge.

If you want one boilerplate marinade, this is it.  Perfect for chicken, pork, shrimp, and any kind of fish.  Marinate chicken for at least 4 hours, up to 12 for bone-in pieces, shrimp for 30 minutes to 1 hour, and fish for 30 minutes.   The mustard helps emulsify the marinade, making it thicker so it really clings to the food. 

Serve with a Garlicky Garden Pasta Salad, Slivered Wedge Salad or a Modern Greek Salad.  This is also a great salad dressing.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 2 shallots (minced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (
  • finely minced)
  • 3 lemons (​zested and juiced)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Put the olive oil, shallots, lemon zest and juice, mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl of a jar with a lid.  Whisk or shake to combine well.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 208
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Unsaturated Fat 13 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 142 mg
Carbohydrates 11 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 2 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)