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  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 lemon zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, or a mix of all four
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Combine lemon juice, pepper flakes, pepper and salt in a nonreactive (glass, ceramic or stainless steel) bowl and whisk until salt dissolves.
  2. Add lemon zest, garlic, parsley and basil. Stir or whisk in olive oil. The virtue of this marinade is its freshness: Use it within 1 to 2 hours of making.
  3. Stir again before using.
Recipe by Steven Raichlen.

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