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Spicy Habanero Marinade

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 2 - 3 habanero peppers more = hotter
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup orange juice


  • Using a mortar and pestle, mash the habanero peppers, garlic, turmeric, and cumin. Look for the mix to become coarsely smooth.
  • In a pan, heat up the olive oil to a medium temperature. Remove it from heat before the oil starts smoking.
  • Pour the hot oil over the pepper mash and stir it together. You will hear a sizzle as some of the mash cooks from the oil hitting it. After stirring, let the mix sit for 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Pour mix into a medium bowl and add in the lime juice, the orange juice, and the sherry vinegar. Whisk all ingredients until fully mixed.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and let it completely cool before marinating any meat with it.


Can't take the habanero heat? You can swap out a less pungent pepper if you'd like. Note that you will lose some of the sweetness that the habanero brings to the marinade.