Since from whenever I can remember, I have been very passionate about cooking … particularly when using spices. The smells & colours each dish would create filled the house with amazing aromas & I spent many an evening entertaining my family & friends with new dishes.

One of those dishes was aptly named Karen’s Spicy Chicken I made it that often! With inspiration taken from my lovely friend & neighbour, this was a firm favourite. I then started to create my own recipes using the same basic marinade.

So delicious was the chicken, my sister encouraged me to enter a television programme called Britain’s Best Dish which was aired every weekday night on ITV … I entered & the judges absolutely loved it, their comments were fantastic & in 2009 I was crowned Regional Finalist for the North West for my signature dish, Karen’s Spicy Chicken.

Working for Lancashire Police at the time I decided I needed a change so following my heart, I opened my very own sandwich shop in Kirkham, Lancashire & called it Crave (we thought this sounded much nicer than Karen’s Baps!) … it soon became apparent that everything on our menu using the marinade was outselling everything else!

With so many requests now asking to purchase the marinade alone, I decided to look into developing it further & following a recipe change, a couple of ‘happy accidents’ & all the necessary legal stuff, Karen’s Spicy Marinade was retail ready in May of 2019.

This award winning marinade has now received accolades from the Great Taste Awards & the Great British Food Awards & recently I received a fabulous review from chef Ken Hom OBE who made his very own recipe with it! (see Testimonials).This delicious, healthy marinade has now become a staple in many fridges … perfect as a coating for fish, meat, chicken, shellfish, Quorn & vegetables, you can also use it as an ingredient within recipes. We have many for you to try here on our website or you can create your very own! 

With four varieties to choose from, I believe that everyone with every diet can benefit from this versatile, fresh marinade including those with busy lifestyles to people who have time to experiment too! From indulgent curries to healthy meals, snacks & supper dishes, slow cooker meals & party food, the marinade really does add depth & flavour. Take a look at our recipe page to see if any tickle your tastebuds, with 10 to 15 servings, you can make many fabulous meals with just one pot!

I hope that you will love the marinade as much as I do …


Have you tried Karen's Amazing Spicy Dip?

This delicious, spicy dip is on everyones lips literally! It’s so versatile … seen here with crispy hash brown bites & toasted nachos, it’s also amazing with fish, vegetables, steak, pork chops, the list is endless! Simply mix two teaspoons of marinade with six teaspoons of your usual mayo. Or if you prefer a lighter dip, try mixing with creme fraiche or quark for a tasty low fat alternative. At Crave, we think this is the best dip in the world … seriously!

Hash Brown Bites with Karen's
Spicy Dip

Toasted Nachos with Karen's
Spicy Dip