Homemade Asian Marinates

Lorna shared with me a homemade Asian marinates which a friend of hers shared with her. When this friend of hers brought some baked chicken wings for a potluck party, they were so good that everyone asked for the recipe.


This homemade Asian marinates is good for chicken or pork. I had tried it on both chicken and pork and it is really good.


  • 1 bottle (591ml) Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 bottle of Mirin (about the same size as the soy sauce)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, peel and lightly smashed
  • 2 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 piece of 2-inch rock sugar

Source: Lorna


Home-made-Marinates-2In a medium pot, dry fry on medium heat the garlic and ginger until you can smell their fragrance.
Home-made-Marinates-3Add the soy sauce and mirin. Bring to a boil.
Home-made-Marinates-4Add the rock sugar. Lower the heat to simmer for 30 minutes and sugar is dissolved.
Home-made-Marinates-6Cool completely before you store them in bottles. You can use the original mirin and soy sauce bottle to store but remember to label them properly.

Lorna, thank you and your friend for sharing the recipe.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. L.S.

    How long will this keep?

    1. Suanne

      Hi L.S., I store the sauce in the refrigerator. I think it should at least last for 6 months.

  2. @Shopaholicinvan

    How long do I need to marinade the meat for? What would be the minimum amount of time required?

    Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Suanne

      Hi Shopaholicinvan, I usually marinate my meat overnight in a ziplock bag. For a 3 lbs whole chicken wings, I would use about 1 cup of the marinates, just make sure the chicken wings are fully coated with the sauce. Sometimes, I will add some green onions, cut in 1-inch length for easy removal before baking. I will turn the bag at least twice to make sure the meat are evenly marinated. If you want to cook it on the same day, marinate the meat at least for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

  3. @Shopaholicinvan

    Thanks Suanne for the recipe and tip! I will have to try making this soon. Do you bake it or bbq it?

    1. Suanne

      Hi Shopholicinvan, I bake the chicken wings at 375F for 25 to 30 minutes, turning once and baste them with some fresh marinating sauce while turning them. Discard any remaining marinating sauce that you use for marinating the chicken.

      1. @Shopaholicinvan

        Thanks Suanne! Will make this for my next dinner party. :o)

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