This is How Kimi ’Qs

Kimi Werner’s ultimately easy and savory fish marinade

Whether Kimi Werner is hosting a barbeque at home or stopping by a friend’s house for a low-key grill out, she knows she can always turn to her favorite quick and savory seafood marinade to get everyone’s belly grumbling. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it’s her go-to fish preparation.

While Kimi doesn’t use exact measurements for her marinade, she suggests doing some experimenting with the quantities of each ingredient to find the perfect balance to suit your personal taste buds. Because this marinade works equally well with red or white meat fish,—essentially any fish that’s big enough to filet—it’s the perfect solution to adding bold flavor for on-the-fly cookouts.


Olive oil
Soy sauce
Lemon juice
Garlic, finely chopped
Ginger root, finely chopped
Thai basil, chiffonade or whole leaf


Method to the Madness
In a bowl, combine olive oil, soy sauce, and lemon juice. Kimi uses two lemons. Add the garlic, ginger, and Thai basil leaves to the marinade and whisk together. Add fish filets to the marinade and let them soak for about 45 minutes. Cook on a medium to medium-high heat grill until cooked through, usually until the filet easily breaks apart with a fork.