Basil Lime Marinade and Sauce

Note from Sarah: Thank you Rachel – this is a quick and easy idea to get you all prepped for the week and a fun idea for a 4th of July BBQ.  Picture coming soon!

I realize that I cook with basil quite frequently. I’m guessing it is because I have a huge bushel outside of my kitchen window, It just seems to call my name! I really hope most of you are basil lovers as well because this marinade/sauce is beyond amazing!  This recipe is so versatile!  In the last week I have used it as a salad dressing and as a sauce and marinade for pork loin and chicken breasts, all resulting in excellent meals; and by my definition of excellent I mean husband complimented it and kids gobbled it up without complaint. yay!  Next up…fish and beef!

Basil Lime Marinade and Sauce

Zest and juice of 4 limes
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/3 cup walnut oil (can sub for Extra Virgin Olive Oil but I like the mildness of walnut oil in this recipe)
1/4 cup coconut aminos (or wheat free tamari)
2 Tbsp minced/finely chopped fresh basil or to taste (use 2 tsp if using the frozen basil mentioned below)

Tip: If you have a Trader Joes in your area they have frozen fresh basil and frozen crushed garlic in the freezer section. I have used both in this recipe. Easy!

Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl. Reserve 1/3 of marinade for the sauce. Poor the other remaining 2/3 of marinade over your desired meat and marinade for approximately 24 hours. The more time the meat has to marinade the better the flavors will develop and soak in. However, don’t like time step in the way. If you only have an hour, just go for it!

Grill meat (discard marinade the meat was in), slice, and pour desired amount of reserved sauce over sliced meat and top with freshly chopped basil and lime wedges.

Leftovers Lunch Idea:
The following day I chopped up the leftover chicken from the night before and placed it on top of a bed of romaine lettuce. As for dressing…you guessed it, some of the leftover Basil Lime Sauce!


  1. Joanna Johnson says

    This recipe is just outstanding. If you’re looking for an amazing source of heritage breeds and truly free-range chicken, we have a local farm in Florida, Pasture Prime Family Farm, that supplies the best tasting chicken we’ve ever had. You can Google their website and order online. The quality of the chicken really does make a huge difference in how this dish turns out!

  2. Cahy says

    This marinade/sauce was so delicious. It just tastes like Summer. We have used it for a lot of stuff. The grilled chicken was insanely good, it’s amazing over fish, and I poured it on my salad at work. I love lemons and limes, and this Basil Lime Marinade and Sauce was fresh, flavorful and is now a favorite.

    Thanks, Sarah, for yet another fab, easy to make recipe.

  3. Bob says

    This simple marinade is definitely a keeper. I used it with boneless chicken thighs, marinated for 4+ hours and thrown on the grill for a dinner of 30 people. Wonderful! Served with zucchini with mint, and roasted butternut squash. Everyone loved it.

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