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Mediterranean Herb Marinade


  • 1/2 - 1 cup fresh basil depends on your tastes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp finely shredded lemon peel optional
  • 10 cloves garlic minced (yes this is a lot, cut back if you aren't a fan)
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp crushed red pepper again depends on your taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • If you don't have the fresh herbs, you can use dried just use less of each. I don't often have the fresh thyme or oregano so I just use dried.
  • Also, the lemon peel, if you don't have lemons you can buy grated lemon peel in the spice section of your grocery store. It's a bit pricey but I use it for a few other recipes and it lasts a long time. Tastes just as wonderful with the dried herbs and with or without the lemon peel.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process till a thick paste, scraping side of bowl as needed.
  • To use as a marinade, spread over 2 pounds your choice of meat or salmon steaks.
  • Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
  • Grill, roast, or broil.