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Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade

Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade

This Sesame Ginger Lime marinade is one of my family’s all-time favorites.  Sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, the savory flavors of toasted sesame oil and ginger the perfect complement to any asian inspired meal.

Sesame ginger lime marinade ingredients

Chicken thighs prepared with this sesame ginger lime marinade are delicious addition to asian inspired salads for an easy summer meal. 

You can also use this simple asian-inspired marinade for a delicious one pan roasted sesame ginger chicken and vegetable meal.

This sesame ginger marinade is also delicious on salmon, shrimp and tofu!

Easy Make-Ahead Sesame Ginger Marinade

I often double the ginger soy lime marinade recipe. Freezing chicken already marinaded makes for a quick and easy week-night dinner.  Just thaw the chicken and grill!

Sesame ginger lime marinade for chicken and tofu

Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade Recipe

Sesame ginger lime marinade recipe

Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade

Yield: 1 marinade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

This Sesame Ginger Lime Marinade is filled with the flavors of toasted sesame oil and ginger sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup.  This paleo marinade makes delicious grilled or roasted tofu, shrimp or chicken thighs!  {Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free}


  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T toasted sesame oil
  • 2 T fresh lime juice
  • 2 T low sodium soy sauce, (use coconut aminos for paleo or Whole30, tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 T maple syrup (omit for Whole30)


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a shallow glass dish, mix thoroughly
  2. Add protein, coating completely in marinade
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes up to overnight
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: all
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1027mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

*Note:  Did you know that 80% of the antibiotics sold in the United States are for livestock?  That is why I choose to purchase chicken raised without antibiotics.

Tested and delicious soy sauce substitutions:

  • Gluten-free marinade: use Tamari in place of low sodium soy sauce
  • Paleo marinade: use coconut aminos as a substitute for tamari or soy sauce
  • Whole30 compatible marinade: omit the maple syrup and use coconut aminos instead of tamari

Quick & Easy sheet pan meal using this delicious Sesame Ginger Marinade:

sheet pan paleo sesame ginger chicken and veggies dinner

Other delicious and healthy marinades you may enjoy:

whole30 compatible grilled ginger turmeric chicken recipe

Originally published in Sept, 2017, this recipe has been updated with enhanced instructions and refreshed photos.


Sunday 24th of July 2022

Unless you are a huge fan of sesame oil only use half, it was all I could taste.


Thursday 12th of August 2021

This was good, but not as strong on the ginger lime taste that I had in my mind when I was searching for a recipe. I would either add more of the ginger and lime, or I would hold back on the sesame oil.


Sunday 27th of January 2019

Found it (marinade)

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