Recipe for Practical Application

Fennel and Orange Marinade

January 24, 2017

This Fennel and Orange Marinade is a delicious way to add simple but prominent flavors to your meal with only 5 ingredients! 

We’re continuing on through our month of marinades with the last of our citrus based marinades.  This one, as compared to the citrus and pineapple marinade, lets the fennel take center stage.  In fact, this marinade offers a fennel boost for those of you who love strong anise flavor.

Skills & Techniques

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This Fennel and Orange Marinade is a delicious way to add simple but prominent flavors to your meal. Upgrade your dinner with only 5 ingredients!

Storage & Leftovers

I like this Fennel and Orange Marinade because it keeps in your refrigerator a little longer than others.  Once you’ve made it, you can keep it in an air-tight container in the fridge for 7-10 days.  If you need to keep it longer, it can store in the freezer up to 6 months.  Freezing liquids can be tricky, so I recommend putting a batch in a tightly sealed freezer bag then laying it flat to freeze.  This will make multiple batches easy to stack and take up less space in your freezer.  Don’t forget to label it though! ?

Fennel & Orange Marinade

If you haven’t noticed, I tend to use fennel quite a bit.  The strange thing about that is that I don’t really care much for it.  If you get a really awesome bulb of fennel though, it has a sweet and mild flavor.  If you are the opposite of me and love fennel, then I added in a fennel power-up in this Fennel and Orange Marinade with some fennel seeds.

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This Fennel and Orange Marinade is a delicious way to add simple but prominent flavors to your meal. Upgrade your dinner with only 5 ingredients!


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Fennel and Orange Marinade

With only five ingredients you can amplify the flavor of your dinner from bland to brilliant!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 pint
Calories 2075 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan


  • 1 large orange , zested and juiced (about 1/3 c.)
  • 1 bulb of fennel , root and tops trimmed off, the roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic , peeled
  • 1 cup oil of your choice
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)


  1. In a blender, combine the orange zest, orange juice, fennel, garlic, and fennel seeds if you're using them. Blend until smooth.
  2. Turn down the blender to it's slowest setting and slowly pour in the oil while the blender is running until the mixture is completely combined.
  3. Using the smallest container that the food you are marinating will fit it, pour the marinade over the item until it is completely submerged, let marinate up to 24 hours.

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  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food January 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I absolutely love the flavor of fennel—and combined with orange: WOW! I think this would be fabulous on pork tenderloin.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan January 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      So good with pork tenderloin Michelle! Knock-out pairing!

  • Reply Jenn January 24, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    This sounds wonderful! Love the beautiful little flecks of orange zest in there!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Right!?!?! I thought the same thing about the orange zest. And it looks so pretty when it stays on the food during cooking!

  • Reply Jenni January 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Oh, what an amazing marinade!! The flavors here are FANTASTIC! Saving this for later!!

  • Reply Geoffrey @ Spoonabilities January 24, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome marinade. Must try. And I’m sending my husband this post. he will love your ‘month of marinades’ Thanks!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      I hope you and your husband love them all, Geoffrey! Marinades are so much fun, and great to have stashed away come grilling season!

  • Reply Allison - Celebrating Sweets January 24, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I love fennel so this sounds perfect to me. Love the pretty color too!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Yes! That orange makes it so pretty and tasty!

  • Reply Wendy | Around My Family Table January 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I love the sound of this marinade. I’ve never had orange and fennel together and can’t wait to give it a try.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan February 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      They’re such a good pairing, Wendy. I love the brightness of the orange with the comforting flavor of the fennel!

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