Guyanese Herby Marinade For Fast Aromatics

by Samantha Bacchus McLeod

This Herby Marinade is all you need for this time-saving aromatics.

My mama and my sisters made this Guyanese Herby Marinade often, this aromatics is as much a part of our cuisine as all other Guyanese dishes.

Guyana is made up of six cultural cuisines, hailing from six influences…Indigenous Guyanese, African Guyanese, Indian Guyanese, Chinese Guyanese, Portuguese Guyanese, and some Scots and Brits that were left behind after Independence.

The food of Guyana is just simply brilliant, the cuisine has managed to meld with each other as easily as the people themselves did. In every house you will find people of mixed descents, and every culturally-influenced meal is considered a Guyanese meal. Pepperpots, cookups, curries, chowmein, garlic pork, pastries, all arrived from various places. Today, they are all just a part of our everyday menu.

This Herby Marinade is a South American influence – it is a way more flavourful version of the traditional chimichurri.

Now that summer is here, and herbs are growing abundantly in the garden or in those little balcony pots, you can put them to use. Herbs love being cut, sounds weird right? Well, the more you cut herbs, is the more they grow, and they grow up and out so by summer’s end you will have loads of herbs still blooming.

To preserve your herbs, make this marinade and seal in sterilized jars, make sure they are airtight. Store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.

Dry your herbs by simply using kitchen string to tie bunches together, and hang then by the stem from any pantry or kitchen hook. Dried herbs can last for a year.

For great honest to goodness Guyanese recipes, check out Alicia’s Pepperpot.

Use this Herby Marinade to season meats, fish and seafood. Add to your slow cooker. No need to chop, mince and grind, every single time. Enjoy! 


2 bundles green onions, cleaned and roughly chopped.

1 medium onion, roughly chopped

2 Thai chilis (I prefer Guyanese wiri-wiri)

6 cloves garlic

Leftover herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil etc.


Place all the ingredients into a food processor and chop, then puree. Do not add anything else!

Once done, scrape out and store in a clean glass jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. 

Use this in anything you need aromatics, without the time consuming chopping and grinding.


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