There are so many different, incredibly decadent meals out there that it’s easy to forget about the simple delight that a basic marinade can have on a cheaper cut of meat or a small piece of veg.

plastic tub of marinade

How to make this sweet and sticky marinade

This sweet sticky sauce recipe is one of my favourite marinades, and I use it again and again! It works really well on vegetarian sausages, as well as green veggies like asparagus and broccoli. Without further ado, let’s get started!

We’re starting off in a really simple place, with lime and brown sugar.

Ingredients for marinade

The sweetness of the brown sugar and the acidity of the lime gives us a great place to begin here. I’m using demerara sugar here for the texture, as I find it can be a little crunchier once cooked, and offer a little extra to the dish.

It doesn’t matter what limes you use, but remember to maintain the ratio of one lime to a tablespoon of brown sugar, I’ve found that works best for me. Simply chop your lime, squeeze the juice into the container, and mix thoroughly.

Lime and sugar on wooden chopping board

The reason I’m using Tupperware is simple: I can put the lid on and shake it for all it’s worth, and it’s just a lot more fun than stirring for ages to try to dissolve some sugar.

Bowl of marinade mix

From that point on, it’s as simple as you’d expect: just throw everything in. Start with your liquid ingredients for easiness’ sake, and add in a tablespoon of honey, and the same amount of soy sauce. Then, add a little salt and pepper, as well as your smoked paprika. Finally, finely mince your garlic, and add it to the pot. Give everything a really good shake, and it’s ready to go!

completed bowl of marinade

Ideally, try to make sure that your garlic is incredibly finely minced, as well as being in roughly equal pieces. As you can see in the photo, I didn’t quite nail that.

This can keep in your fridge for up to a week, but I’d typically use it fairly quickly. The longer you leave it, the more the colour and flavour of the paprika will develop. As much as that makes for a gorgeous meal, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. As with everything in the kitchen: it’s up to you.

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How good is this sticky marinade on Slimming World?

If you are a Slimming World follower you are inevitably wondering if this is suitable for you. Whilst it is not syn free it is a lot better than many shop-bought marinades so why not give it a go?

The whole recipe adds up to 3 syns (approx) for the sugar and 2.5 syns (approx) for the honey. With the whole sweet and sticky marinade recipe being just 5.5 syns (approx).

If you make 4 portions using it then you could count it as approx 1 syn a portion or 1.5 syns a portion to be safe. Comparing this to the Maggi So juicy Sticky and sweet BBQ for chicken 47g pack at 8 syns (approx) this is better, don’t you think?

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sweet and sticky marinade

How to make a simple sweet and sticky marinade

  • Author: Jen Mellor


This is a great marinade for Chinese-style pork or beef, or even just to roast some veggies in.



1 tbsp brown sugar.

1 lime, juiced.

23 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced.

1 tbsp honey.

Pinch of salt and pepper.

1 tsp of smoked paprika

1 tbsp soy sauce.


Firstly, add the brown sugar to your container, and squeeze the lime over it. Mix thoroughly to combine and dissolve the sugar. Try to use an airtight Tupperware container for this so that you can shake it to mix.

Add in the honey, salt, sugar, soy sauce, smoked paprika, and minced garlic. Mix thoroughly to dissolve and combine everything.

Keep the marinade in the fridge for up to a week. To use, brush liberally over the surface of your food, before baking, roasting, or frying. Alternatively, make a larger batch and submerge your foodstuff in the marinade to soak.

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  1. Sensational sticky beef… this marinade is wonderful. Genius idea making it in the Tupperware, too.