Cooking with Coca-Cola

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If you’re not from the south, it may not have occurred to you that you can cook with Coca-Cola. But the king of sodas has been used in southern cooking for years — particularly in marinades and sauces for beef and pork. Its sweet acidity can help to tenderize meat, making it an ideal addition for a long slow brine.

But Coke isn’t limited to southern cooking! Lots of cuisines have adopted this sweet soda as a key ingredient in their recipes. Here are a few simple favorites to try!


For a delicious sweet and salty steak marinade, mix Coke, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.  After a day-long soak, this ribeye cooks up on the grill in a matter of minutes.

Or you can try an Asian-style Coca-Cola Chicken Wings recipe with ginger, soy sauce, and Chinese Shaoxing wine. This simple method creates a delicious sticky glaze on your wings by cooking them in a wok on the stove top.

Another easy recipe using Coke is Shredded Beef Tacos. Using only beef round, Coca-Cola, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, you can create a tender and flavorful beef taco filling in your slow cooker.


Coke isn’t only limited to marinades and sauces! There are desserts that use it as well, like a moist Coca-Cola cake. Or double down on the sweetness with soft Coca-Cola cookies topped with Coca-Cola frosting.

One quick tip when cooking with Coke — don’t substitute diet! You need the sugars in regular soda for these recipes. So save the Diet Coke for sipping!


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