So simple, and so good – your new favorite cilantro lime marinade!

Here’s why you’ll love it.

  • Just 3 fresh ingredients, plus olive oil and a few seasonings you’ll have on hand.
  • Versatile with all your favorite proteins – chicken, seafood, steak or pork!
  • The marinade works quickly to add flavor, you can marinate your protein for as little as little as 15 minutes.
  • Whatever you cook with it will go great with our favorite healthy side dishes!

Related ->> Check out this 2-Minute Teriyaki Marinade.

Let’s make this cilantro lime marinade – it’s really easy!

Holding a spoonful of marinade over the jar.
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or large measuring cup and mix well.
Pouring cilantro lime marinade over raw chicken breasts in a glass bowl.
Use as a marinade for chicken, seafood, steak or pork. 

Perfect for chicken, seafood, steak and pork

I love that this marinade will work with just about any protein you want! Our favorites are:

  • Chicken – Use either chicken breasts or thighs.
  • Steak – Any cut will work, but our favorites are:
    • #1 – Skirt steak, and
    • #2 – Flank steak.
  • Shrimp – Large shrimp that are already peeled and deveined make the prep work easy! With shrimp you really only need to marinate for as little as 15 minutes to still get great flavor.
  • Pork – Use either chops or a loin cut.
Hand stirring chicken and marinade to fully coat the chicken.

Recipe Tips

  • 2 pounds of protein – This recipe is perfect for about 2 lbs of any protein (chicken, steak, pork, seafood). It can be scaled up or down as needed.
  • Freezer friendly – You can freeze your marinated protein for up to 3 months – just defrost it in the fridge overnight and cook as desired.
  • Leftover marinade – I like to baste my steak, chicken or pork with the leftover marinade while cooking (especially on the grill), it adds an extra layer of flavor. Just bring the leftover marinade to a boil in a small saucepan to kill any bacteria and baste away!

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Chicken breasts coated in cilantro lime marinade in a glass bowl.
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Cilantro Lime Marinade (Chicken, Seafood, Steak + More!)

The greatest cilantro lime marinade you’ll ever taste! A little zesty with cilantro, olive oil and simple seasonings, it's the perfect marinade for any protein – chicken, steak, pork and seafood.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 limes, juice of, (about 1/4 cup of juice)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Add all of the ingredients to a bowl or large measuring cup and mix well.
  • Use as a marinade for chicken, seafood, steak or pork. Marinate for at least 15 minutes (an hour is ideal) and up to 24 hours. The longer you marinade, the more flavor the protein will absorb.

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  • Recipe yields approximately 3/4 cup of marinade. This amount will work well for about 2 lbs of protein (chicken, seafood, steak, pork, etc). Recipe can be scaled up or down to suit your needs.
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The Greatest Cilantro Lime Marinade (Chicken, Seafood, Steak & More!)The Greatest Cilantro Lime Marinade (Chicken, Seafood, Steak & More!)