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Zesty Lime Marinade

This Zesty Lime Marinade is perfect for scrambles, tacos, and wraps. It adds that extra zip to all sorts of dishes! 

Zesty Lime Marinade Elevates Shreds and Scrambles

We like to try all the “plant meat” products when we find them, plus we regularly make stuff like seitan or air-fried tofu. But often, we find ourselves wanting a little more “zip” to the taste. We love all that spices and herbs add to food, love savory flavors, and really enjoy recipes that give simple dishes that extra level of flavor. So, when we recently tried a plant-meat product that was pretty good we felt that it really needed something extra. Being bloggers, that sent us down a “side street” to figure out what might work really well – this Zesty Lime Marinade was the result.

If you’re a regular here at Full of Beans you know that we like to keep it simple and (usually) fast. Not surprisingly, then, this recipe is no different. Since the essentials of a marinade are acid and oil it was easy to get started. But, we also like spices and happen to have a lime tree in the backyard (#floridaliving) so the ingredients came together quickly: oil, lime, chili powder, red pepper, and garlic.

2 limes, chili powder, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes for Zesty Lime Marinade
This is all you need to get started!

Whip This Together in No Time 

We love how easy this marinade is and how quickly it can be made. Seriously, it’s the sort of thing you can decide to use at the last minute (if you limes on hand) and really turn a dish from “fine” to “wow!” (and who doesn’t like doing that?). All that is required is zesting (before you juice!) and juicing the limes, crushing the garlic, and whisking all the ingredients together – that’s it!

Fresh limes, lime zest, and a grater
Zest those limes before you juice them! It’s much easier 🙂

Dishes That Zesty Lime Marinade is Perfect For

We’ve used this with all sorts of dishes. It’s been a strong player in tacos, whether you use store-bought shreds or jackfruit or make your own filling. But it is also wonderful with tofu crumbles or air-fried tofu. We have used the various fillings for tacos, wraps, sandwiches, in rice bowls, and as a spicy breakfast scramble – Tex-Mex style.  

Delicious “chick’n” shreds tacos
Yummy pita pockets with Zesty Lime Tofu Crumbles

Let Us Know What You Make

Give this easy marinade a try and please let us know what you make with it! Tag us on your social media posts and come back and leave a comment – we love hearing from readers. 🙂

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Zesty Lime Marinade

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Tangy marinade with a hint of spicy heat. Perfect for tofu, strips, mild plant meat shreds, or shredded jackfruit


  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes (approximately 1/3 cup juice and 2T zest)
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • few grinds of black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl or jar
  2. whisk or shake until fully mixed


Tip: zest the limes before juicing!

Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).

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