All kinds of meat (and veggies) become deliciously transformed by this bright and tangy ginger soy marinade!

This is a versatile sauce, it adds incredible flavor to chicken, salmon, pork, steak, or shrimp! Perfect for grilling, baking, or broiling.

Ginger Soy Marinade in a glass jar

Ginger Soy Sauce

  • This marinade uses simple ingredients and is ready in 5 minutes.
  • It serves as a marinade, and an all-around seasoning sauce for almost everything but it’s great added to a bit of mayonnaise for a dressing or dip!
  • This marinade is sweet, savory, and just a little bit spicy.

ingredients for Ginger Soy Marinade on a sheet pan

Marinade Ingredients

GINGER & GARLIC This sauce is the perfect blend of pungent garlic and peppery ginger, with a few colorful pops of red pepper flakes.

SALTY & SWEET Sweet brown sugar and salty soy sauce have contrasting flavors that add layers of flavor against the garlic and ginger!

ACID & FAT The oil and lemon juice work together as a tenderizer for salmon, chicken, steak, or pork. It even works well for fish like grilled salmon.

Ginger Soy Marinade being poured on raw chicken in a bowl

How To Make Soy Ginger Marinade

Super easy to make, just whisk up a quick batch to use as a marinade or a sauce for cooking—or both!

  1. Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl or freezer bag.
  2. Add your choice of meat & refrigerate for between 2 & 4 hours.
  3. Discard leftover marinade.

Ginger Soy Marinade in a ziplock bag

How to Use Ginger Soy Marinade

This versatile marinade can also be used as a different sauce for sautéed green beans or broccoli. Brush over corn on the cob before grilling! It’s delicious as a sauce for pork stir fry with rice. Or use it to dip some Air Fryer Egg Rolls to give them just the right touch!

Recipe Tips

  • Fresh garlic and ginger are key to achieving the distinctive flavors of this marinade, and both are inexpensive and available year-round.
  • Finely mince both the garlic and the ginger or use a micro-plane grater to make the job easier!
  • Freeze extra minced or grated ginger and use it in stirfries, cakes, and especially cocktails!


As long as it hasn’t been used, soy ginger marinade will keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days as long as it’s in a tightly sealed container. Give it a vigorous shake before using to get the ingredients to blend again.

Freeze soy-ginger marinade in ice cube trays and store cubes in a zippered bag with the date written on the outside. Pop out a cube or two for soups, stews, or stir-fries!

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Ginger Soy Marinade

This Ginger Soy Marinade is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, & spicy!
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
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  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 3 green onions sliced


  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl or freezer bag.
  • Add beef, chicken or pork. Marinate 2-4 hours.


Discard used marinade.
5 from 32 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 178 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
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Ginger Soy Marinade in a jar with writing
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Recipe Adapted Chorney-Booth, Elizabeth, Duncan, Sue, Van Rosendaal, Julie. “Ginger Flank Steak”. Recipe. Sunday Suppers. Robert Rose Inc, ON, 2017. 109. Print.



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  1. Made this with chicken thighs and grilled them! What a treat! Juicy and flavorful! Marinade made a beautiful glaze and the chicken was perfect!!!5 stars

  2. I was searching for a simple recipe for an Asian type marinade for Korean style Flanken ribs, otherwise known as Kalbi or Bulgogi, and this recipe is perfect. It has almost every ingredient shown in other recipes but without a couple of things I don’t have like Asian pears or sesame oil. After I have let it marinate for at least 3 hours I actually braise them, keeping them in the marinade and tightly covered with tinfoil (rather than the fast fry or grill method others often use) at 225F for about 2 hours or so. The aroma while they braise is like stepping into a Korean restaurant, the flavor is almost identical to what I get in a Korean restaurant, and the flanken always comes out more tender than using the faster cooking methods. Absolutely excellent!

  3. This is the best marinade. I’ve used it with tuna and salmon. Everyone loves it. Be sure to make enough for dipping!5 stars

  4. This marinade is so good for grilled thin cut pork chops. I can’t wait to try it with other meats.5 stars

  5. Great marinade. Didn’t have any green onions so I left them out, and it was still fine. Marinated chicken thigh fillets, then stir fried them and had them with noodles and some leftover coriander pesto stirred through the lot. Yum!

  6. I made the ginger soy marinade for my two pieces of chicken thighs. Delicious. I will try this marinade on other meats. So good.5 stars

  7. Tried this tonight for dinner, yum! I replaced veggie oil with sesame oil, then grilled the chicken. Thank you so good.

    1. Awesome!! I just did that as I wanted to go a bit more natural/lower on GI and I was coming to comments to see if anyone had tried – thank you!!

  8. Love this marinade of diced boneless chicken thighs. I stir fry the diced chicken and it caramelizes to perfection!! Yummm5 stars