Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lemon-Lime Agave Marinade (for Chicken, Fish or Shrimp)


Grilled chicken shown on salad
Nothing is more refreshing than the clean and invigorating smell of fresh lemon and lime zest.  This simple recipe pairs this wonderful aroma with sweet agave nectar and pungent fresh garlic for a light marinade that can be used on chicken, fish or shrimp.  

I recommend letting your meat marinate for 1-2 hours to fully soak in the flavors.  The result is a citrus infused (and slightly sweet) grilled entree that you will feel energized about eating. 

Serving suggestion: The grilled meat can be enjoyed on a fresh salad or with brown rice and veggies.

Ingredients
Before

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh black pepper
  • ½  tsp sea salt

Preparation
After
  1. Wash and dry the lemon and lime
  2. Zest the lemon and lime into a small mixing bowl 
  3. Roll the lemon and lime between the counter and the palm of your hand to release the juices inside
  4. Cut each in half and squeeze all the juice into the bowl with the zest
  5. Peel the garlic cloves, crush through a garlic press and add to bowl
  6. Add agave nectar, olive oil, salt and pepper
  7. Wisk ingredients together in bowl until incorporated
  8. Pour over your meat (chicken, fish or shrimp) and let marinate in refrigerator for 1-2 hours (cover with plastic wrap)
  9. Fire up the grill on low-medium heat
  10. After the grill has reached 400 degrees, add the meat
  11. When I used 5 thin slices of chicken breasts I cooked approximately 4 minutes on each side
  12. While meat cooks, boil the remaining marinade in a small pot on your stove
  13. Once meat is cooked, place on dish and pour the cooked marinade over the meat for some extra flavor (this is optional)

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