BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

27 Summer Recipes That Make Us Want to Fire Up the Grill

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27 Summer Recipes That Make Us Want to Fire Up the Grill
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Sure, we use our indoor grill pans year-round, but that doesn’t compete with the summer vibe that happens when you’re outside, cooking over an actual fire. These are our all-time favorite recipes and new favorite grill.

THE GRILL

If you’re used to gas grilling, cooking over an open fire takes a minute to get used to, but it is so worth it. That consistently intense heat cooks truly succulent food and lends some deep smokiness to meat and vegetables alike. This portable grill is a great starter option since it doubles as a firepit on cool evenings when grilling isn’t on the menu but getting cozy is. When you are cooking, play around with the grill grate position—it attaches to a pole so you can adjust how close or far it sits from the fire. If the grate is farther away, it means slower, longer cooking. Closer to the flames is for hot and fast cooking. Or do a combination: Get some char on your food first, then adjust and move the grate up for gentler heat and steady exposure to smoke for flavor.


  1. Barebones Living Portable Fire Pit & Grill

    Barebones Living
    Portable Fire Pit & Grill
    goop, $265

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MARINADES AND RUBS

The easiest way to make a big flavor impact in your food.

  • Tamari and Ginger Marinade

    Tamari and Ginger Marinade

    For yakitori-style skewers with vegetables, chicken, or fish. It’s also easy to toss with noodles and veggies for a quick weeknight dinner situation.

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  • Lemon, Garlic, and Chili Marinade
  • Chipotle Marinade

    Chipotle Marinade

    You could slather this marinade on just about anything: chicken breasts, pork shoulders, corn, summer squash, etc. If you happen to have any left over, add it to a sofrito when making chili or tortilla soup.

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  • Ginger Turmeric Spice Blend
  • Fajita Spice Blend

    Fajita Spice Blend

    Add this spiced mix to ground meat for tacos, to chicken or shrimp for fajitas, or to onions, garlic, and canned tomatoes for a quick enchilada sauce.

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  • Togarashi Spice Blend

    Togarashi Spice Blend

    Our version of the traditional seven-ingredient Japanese spice blend, this savory and spicy condiment is delicious sprinkled over soups and udon noodles, grilled meats and fish, popcorn, and avocado toast.

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MAIN EVENTS

We love a hot dog as much as the next person, but sometimes you want something a little more exciting.

GRILLED SALADS AND SIDES

Why stop at mains? Char and smoke add a ton to veggie dishes, too.

SAUCES THAT GO WITH EVERYTHING

A fresh, bright sauce balances the charred and smoky flavors of grilled foods. Slather these sauces on just about anything that comes off the grill.

  • Yogurt-Tahini Dressing
  • Tamarind BBQ Sauce

    Tamarind BBQ Sauce

    A little sweet, with warmth from the allspice, heat from the chilies, and an addictive tang from the tamarind. We eat it over grilled vegetables served with rice, beans, or plantains, or over grilled chicken with crunchy slaw on a toasted bun.

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  • Bulgogi-Style BBQ Sauce

    Bulgogi-Style BBQ Sauce

    Add some umami to whatever you’re barbecuing with this Korean-inspired sauce. It’s great on grilled meats, but we especially love the salty tang of this sauce on grilled Japanese sweet potatoes.

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  • Spicy Miso Sauce

    Spicy Miso Sauce

    This versatile sauce is also great with roasted duck or chicken or spread on top of a salmon or tuna burger.

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  • The River Café’s Salsa Verde
  • Toum

    Toum

    Slather this condiment on grilled fish and meat or swirl it into yogurts and aiolis.

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