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Recipe: Robata Grill Marinades

As we near the end of summer, be inspired by our robata grill marinades to cook up some deliciously meaty meals!

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 ‘Robata’ is short for ‘robatayaki’, which translates as ‘fireside cooking’ in Japanese cuisine. The cooking style refers to a method of cooking over hot charcoal on a wide and flat open fireplace, similar to barbecuing. Our chefs love cooking on the robata grill. However, there is a skill in keeping the food on the grill for exactly the right amount of time, or adjusting the height of the food being cooked above the charcoal to create the perfect cooking conditions. The flavour of meat cooked on robata grills is succulent inside with a crisp, smoked exterior. Take a look at our 3 marinade recipes below…

Chermoula, Moroccan fish marinade


  • 6 crushed garlic cloves
  • 10g paprika
  • 10g ground cumin
  • 5g ground coriander
  • A pinch of cayenne
  • 100ml lemon juice
  • 300ml olive oil
  • 1 bunch of chopped coriander
  • 1 bunch of chopped parsley


  1. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor until well combined but not too smooth
  2. Marinate fish for at least 1 hour before grilling on the robata

Chicken wing marinade


  • 30g ginger-garlic paste
  • 500ml sweet chilli sauce
  • 250ml soy sauce
  • 60ml sesame oil
  • 60ml vegetable oil


  1. Combine all ingredients together and coat your chicken wings with the marinade
  2. Leave to marinate overnight in the fridge
  3. Char on the robata grill and finish in a hot oven
  4. Garnish with shredded spring onion and serve with Sriracha mayo

Lamb chop marinade


  • 450g natural yoghurt
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 5cm peeled and grated ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4tsp ground turmeric
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp ground cardamom
  • 1tsp cayenne pepper
  • 10 chopped mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Season the lamb chops with salt & pepper
  3. Evenly coat the lamb chops with the marinade
  4. Leave to marinate overnight in the fridge

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