Green Seasoning Marinade is nothing new to those of us who cook African food on a regular basis. In the past, making this marinade was a painstaking process because all the herbs and spices needed to be manually ground with mortar and pestle. But it doesn’t have to be anymore – especially if you have a blender or a food processor.

 

Onions, garlic/ginger and herbs are what I like to consider the “trifecta” of good African cooking. But who has time to chop the ingredients every single day? No one!  That’s why a lot of African families spend one day a week or a month preparing Green Seasoning Marinade which is then kept in the fridge or frozen.

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Having this Green Seasoning Marinade handy is an incredible time saver and makes it possible to eat authentic, healthy and delicious African meals every day. 

 

I have to mention that this marinade is not only suitable for African and Caribbean cuisines, but all recipes that call for onion, garlic, ginger and herbs.

 

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Aromatic Green Seasoning Marinade

I know everyone is all about “meal prep” these days. Well, this is one way to meal prep. Once you’ve got this seasoning marinade ready, you can literally prepare “dump and go” recipes and they’ll end up having a lot of flavor.

 

Having this Green Seasoning Marinade ready to go is the best way to meal prep when it comes to African Cuisine. In fact, I’d say it’s basically essential if you want to enjoy authentic African food every day!

 

For this reason, I am on a mission to help you simplify African cooking with this aromatic Green Seasoning Marinade! So, grab your herbs and get ready to make some Green Marinade! Use this seasoning in any recipe calling for onion, garlic, ginger and herbs!

 

Don’t worry about getting the quantity right when it comes to creating recipes that use this green seasoning marinade. If you make something and decide that it needs more of this seasoning, you can always adjust it to your taste.

 

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What is Green Seasoning Marinade?

Green Seasoning Marinade is a flavorful marinade made up of green onion, ginger, garlic and herbs (leek, celery, basil, parsley etc). It’s the base to a lot of African dishes and by preparing it in advance; you can significantly reduce the preparation time for many recipes.  

 

 

What Goes in Green Seasoning Marinade?

  • Celery(both stalk and leaves)
  • Parsley
  • Leek/Green onions
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cooking oil (or water)

 

How to Make Green Seasoning 

  1. Clean and roughly chop all the ingredients. 
  2. Add in a blender/food processor and add cooking oil. (If using water instead of oil, add just enough to facilitate easy blending).
  3. Blend into your prefered consistency. (Blend in batches to avoid overworking your food processor)

 

 

How to Store Green Marinade

After blending, immediately transfer this marinade in an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks. If blending with water, keep in the fridge for upto 1 week.  

It will last for up to six months in the freezer.

In the past, I used to freeze this Green seasoning Marinade in freezer bags. The problem with freezing this way is that it’s hard to break off a frozen chunk of marinade and it’s also hard to “eyeball” how much you are going to need for a recipe.

Now, I use ice cube trays to portion them and once frozen, I easily pop them out and store in freezer bags in the freezer.  That way, I can easily take the right amount I need when ready to cook.

 

green seasoning marinade

 

How to Use this Marinade in Recipes

You can use this Marinade in SO many ways! Use this seasoning in any recipe calling for onion, garlic, ginger and herbs! In short, use it to give extra flavour to pretty much anything savory you make. For example:

  • When making stir-fries
  • Use it when making stews
  • For making Soups
  • To marinate all your Beef, Fish, Chicken and Pork.
  • As a base for Spicy Green Dipping Sauce

 

So forget peeling, chopping and cooking these basic ingredients every single day. That is exhausting and makes cooking seem unapproachable. Instead, make this Green Seasoning Marinade and see how easy it really is to cook fresh food every day.

 

Once you familiarize yourself with this green seasoning, you’ll feel more confident in improvising and using it on your own.

 

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Tips

  • Cooking oil acts as a preservative when storing the green seasoning marinade longer in the fridge.
  • If using water instead of oil, add just enough to facilitate easy blending.
  • Adjust the ratio of the herbs to suit your preference. 
  • This green seasoning marinade is not only suitable for African and Caribbean cuisines, but all recipes that call for onion, garlic, ginger and herbs.

Green Seasoning Marinade

Green Seasoning Marinade is a flavorful marinade made up of onion, ginger, garlic, and herbs (leek, celery, basil, parsley, etc). It’s the base to a lot of African dishes and by preparing it in advance; you can significantly reduce the preparation time for many recipes.  
Course Main Course
Cuisine African, Carribean
Keyword green marinade, green seasoning
Prep Time 10 minutes
Blending Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Jayne Rain

Ingredients

  • celery (both stalk and leaves)
  • parsley
  • leek (or green onions)
  • basil
  • ginger
  • cooking oil (or water)

Instructions

  • Clean, and roughly chop all the vegetables. 
  • Add in a blender and add cooking oil.
  • Blend into your preferred consistency. (Blend in batches to avoid overworking your food processor)

Notes

  • If using water instead of oil, add just enough to facilitate easy blending.
  • Keep this marinade in an air-tight container in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Freeze in an air-tight container for up to six months in the freezer

 

 

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