Marinade with kiwi

The enzymes in the kiwi break down part of the structure of the meat, which makes it extra-tender. Kiwis contain enzymes that break down the meat proteins on the surface of steak into smaller molecules. This tenderises the meat. However, the meat shouldn’t be marinated for more than 30 minutes, as the enzymes can break down so much of the meat proteins that it gets a grainy texture after being cooked. Here we add some sweet soya sauce (kecap manis) to the marinade for extra flavour.

Recipe by Hidde de Brabander.

Marinade with kiwi

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kiwi fruit



sweet soya sauce (kecap manis)

As needed:


flavour enhancers such as spices

Preparation method

  • Blend the kiwis in a blender or food processor.
  • Add the sweet soya sauce and any other spices.
  • Rub the marinade into the meat and pull vacuum or cover tightly with cling film.
  • Marinade for no longer than 30 minutes.
  • Remove the marinade and fry the meat.

Serving suggestions

  • As a marinade for less tender pieces of beef, veal, pork, or game.

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