Papaya Soy Marinade

Soy Papaya Marinade
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup

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.

What You'll Need

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

How 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 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. Mixture will keep in fridge for 4 to 5 days after initial preparation.

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