Papaya Soy Marinade

Sliced papaya on wood
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cup (1 Serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
500 Calories
2g Fat
118g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Cup (1 Serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 500
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7412mg 322%
Total Carbohydrate 118g 43%
Dietary Fiber 15g 53%
Protein 13g
Calcium 217mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Papaya has one of nature's strongest tenderizers and makes a great ingredient for a good marinade. Use papaya on tough cuts of meat for optimal results. Don't worry, the flavor of the fruit won't overpower the marinade or the meat.


  • 1 small papaya (peeled, halved, and seeded)
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL brown sugar
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon/5 mL salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Chop papaya into small chunks. Place into a food processor with remaining ingredients. Pulse until mixture is pureed, about 10 to 12 pulses. Add a few tablespoons of water if the mixture is too thick.

  2. Place into a resealable container and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours before using. Marinate beef for 6 hours, poultry for about 2 hours. The mixture will keep in the fridge for 4 to 5 days after initial preparation.

  3. Because of the natural enzyme papain in papayas, this marinade is great for particularly tough cuts of meat.