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Vodka-Dill Marinade
from Marinades(Crossing Press, 1992)

Vodka provides a savory complement to dill, which is highlighted by the freshness of lemon zest. This is a perfect marinade for salmon or tuna steaks broiled indoors.


  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup pure or virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions, white part only
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and lemon zest into a non-reactive mixing bowl.

Whisk in the oils a little at a time. Add the dill, scallions, and sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Yield: 1 1/2 to 2 cups

Recommended cuts: Salmon or tuna steaks (2 to 4 hours)

Jim Tarentino recreates marinades and flavoring pastes from all over the world, and provides instructions for preparing delicious seafood, poultry, meat, vegetables, and cheese - indoors and out. You can grill, steam, saute, broil, and bake with confidence that the marinade will provide the moisture and flavor you need without the added fat. Just assemble the marinade and leave your food in the refrigerator to soak up the flavors while you go to work. Then at dinnertime, it's a simple matter of cooking up these tenderized, flavor-filled foods.

Jim Tarentino is the author of Sorbets! For the past few years, he has prepared his outstanding recipes in Philadelphia's "The Book and Cook" festival.

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