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Grilling with Martha & Marley Spoon Review

Lacey Volk
ByLacey VolkJun 23, 2020 | 19 comments

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Box exterior on outdoor picnic table setting.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon
3 overall rating
9 Ratings | 8 Reviews

Martha & Marley Spoon is a meal kit box that offers fresh, seasonal recipes delivered weekly to your home, featuring Martha Stewart's recipes and techniques. All ingredients are pre-portioned so there is no food waste, and the recipes are all distilled down into 6 steps and are meant for "easy weeknight cooking."

This summer, Martha & Marley Spoon has two grilling options on their menu each week. These recipes are designed to work outdoors on a grill or entirely in your kitchen with a grill pan. I jumped at the chance to give a grilled meal box a shot, so we hope you enjoy my first review al fresco style! 🌞

Giveaway Alert! Martha & Marley Spoon are running a summer grilling giveaway through July 17th, 2017: You can enter to win a Big Green Egg large grill, one month of Martha & Marley Spoon boxes, a voucher to Martha Stewart wines, plus a year of Martha Stewart Living magazine!

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Sentiment from Martha on the side of the box which reads, "Save time to make time for everything else you want to do"

We received this box for review purposes. Marley Spoon also sent two of Martha's wines to pair with our meals, and supplied the Big Green Egg for us to cook on. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the 4 servings per meal, 2 meals per week box, priced at $9.50 per serving / $76 per week. Each recipe is designed to feed 4 adults, or 2 adults plus children.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Fully unboxed Marley Spoon box on picnic table.

The Subscription Box: Martha & Marley Spoon

The Cost: Two Person Box: 2 dinners ($48 a week) 3 dinners ($61.50 a week) 4 dinners ($76 a week) Family Box: 2 dinners ($76 a week) 3 dinners ($106.80 a week) 4 dinners ($139.20 a week)

ACTIVE DEAL: $100 Off For Your First 4 Boxes (40/20/20/20). No coupon needed - just use this link.

The Products: Pre-portioned seasonal ingredients and delicious recipes directly to your door.

Ships to: Most of the contiguous US states; please see website for current details. 

Check out all of our Martha & Marley Spoon reviews and the Meal Food Subscription Box Directory for other great meal kits and boxes to try.

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Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Note inside box flap about recycling the packing materials.

As a relatively eco-conscious person, I wanted to note that the packaging for this box was nice and simple, and 100% recyclable. The box was free of styrofoam and instead used a thick plastic insulator (much like cotton batting for quilting), with brown paper and plastic bags for the ingredients, plus some reusable ice packs at the bottom to keep the meat cold. It worked brilliantly and was super simple to break down for recycling.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - First peek inside the box showing the top recipe card.

When you open the box, the recipe cards and some other ephemera are tucked neatly into the top flap.

I still appreciate a handwritten note for new subscribers, and I can't get over this beautiful handwriting!

 The welcome booklet in the box includes more information about the brand, the small farms, and food producers they work with, and tips for the types of items you'll need on hand.

Our grilling companion today is the Big Green Egg MiniMax. These 'kamodo style' charcoal grills are really cool if you've never seen one in person! They have a thick ceramic wall designed to retain heat and can be used for grilling, smoking, and even making pizza. (Plus, don't they look like giant green avocados?)

Just in case you want to compare this setup to your own, the MiniMax grilling surface is 13" across and can fit about 4 burgers at a time.

Our first recipe is for Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Grilled Potato Salad! Our estimated time to cook this meal is 40 minutes. The instructions were simple and clear overall, with photos and clearly bolded ingredients. For folks who are cooking outdoors, I only wish they'd have talked about how to adapt the recipe so you can prep inside first - more on that below.

 Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Bagged Ingredients - Portobello Burgers

All of the ingredients for this recipe came packaged in a simple, labeled brown bag.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - All Ingredients - Portobello Burgers

All of the ingredients were fresh and definitely of good quality. I always look over meal kit box veggies for any bruising and potential issues before I start cooking, and everything in this box was in perfect condition. (Everything was perfectly portioned, too, so there was literally zero waste when we were all said and done, except for the usual things like onion ends/skins.)

From there, we set about getting the grill ready! It's been awhile since I've cooked on a charcoal grill, so it took us a little time and a little smoke to get things going successfully:

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Bagged Ingredients - Big Green Egg MiniMax - Troubleshooting

This is me re-watching a video on Big Green Egg's website about how to start your grill with some tips for first timers. Their info was seriously really helpful and I referenced multiple times throughout the day as the grill and I were getting acquainted.

There was definitely a learning curve with this grill at first, but I've cooked with it several times since and we're good friends now. 😉 It comes to temperature really quickly, and you can use it to grill, smoke, and even make pizza!

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Bagged Ingredients - Prep for the first recipe

While I waited for the grill to heat up, fellow reviewer Marne helped me out by prepping the potato salad ingredients, boiling the potatoes, and assembling the dressing in the kitchen.

If you're grilling this recipe on your own, I highly recommend prepping ahead of time or having a helper - there's no way I would have been able to step away from the grill long enough to boil potatoes without spending over an hour on this recipe myself, just because of the added time of getting your grill ready to go.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Portobello burgers on the grill with grilled onions

Before long, we got those mushroom caps and onions on the grill.


Once they came off, you'll put your boiled potatoes on the grill cut side down for a few minutes, to add some char and flavor.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Grilling the potatoes Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - All grilled produce ready to plate!

I still had a couple cool spots on the grill so I had to move them around a bit and took a bit longer than the recipe indicated, but it was totally worth it in the end! Once off the grill, it was so simple to stir them into the prepped bowl of cucumber slices in a tangy mustard, onion, parsley, and vinegar dressing.

Finally, we just toasted the pre-sliced buns ever so briefly:

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Grilling the buns

And we were ready to eat!

If you're good at multitasking (or have a helper!) and don't count the prep time for the grill itself, 40 minutes is definitely doable for this meal.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Finished Portobello Burgers

This meal was simple but absolutely delicious. The portobellos are served with the grilled onions, and a quick dressing made from mayonnaise plus some of the same dressing in the potato salad. The dressing had a bit of a zing and I loved how it helped tie the flavors in the burger back to the salad.

Putting the fully cooked potatoes on the grill is also downright magical. Since we used hardwood charcoal, they got infused with a delicious smokiness and just a bit of charred crunch. Serving them warm against the cool cucumbers was also perfect for the beautiful spring afternoon we were having. (I replicated this recipe at home just a few days later, and my husband raved about it! It's a keeper for sure.)

And I hate to give props to something I didn't even really cook, but the included buns were incredible! The black and white sesame seeds added a great texture and I loved the nutty flavor.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Finished portobello burgers

Martha & Marley Spoon also sent along a few bottles from Martha Stewart Wine Co to pair with our meals. At first, I was surprised to see red wine for the summertime, but they really did pair well! In this case, they suggested pairing with their 2016 Cuvée Joëlle Malbec et Merlot, which features a flavor profile including "Red plum, raspberry, blackberry, brambleberry, vanilla, and Herb de Provence."

This wine was on the dry side, but like many red blends, I found it to be overall very well rounded– it definitely didn't leave my mouth puckered like some dry wines can. I thought the faint "herb de provence" notes were a nice complement to the earthy flavors in this dish, too.

(PS: Martha Stewart Wine has a subscription, too!)

Our next recipe was Grilled Berkshire Pork with Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Salad. The description says this is a take on a traditional satay (hence the peanut sauce), but without skewers (hence the tortillas). It definitely looked like a beautiful and casual summer meal with some familiar flavors in a new-to-me combination!

I have to admit - I was nervous about this one. I've overcooked pork many, many times to inedible dryness. Would putting it on the grill over high heat help or hurt my track record?

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - All Ingredients - Berkshire Pork

Once again, everything is perfectly portioned, even the tiny single-serving peanut butter and coconut milk containers.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Berkshire Pork ingredients

With grilling, I find most of the work in almost any recipe is in the prep. We did everything we could before heading outside, including step 5 (making the peanut sauce). That way everything would be ready to plate and eat as soon as it came off the grill!

Thankfully our grill was still nice and hot from the first recipe, so as soon as prep was done, we got to work on the pork and the grilled onions:

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Berkshire Pork on the grill

Our grill was definitely hotter than with the first recipe, so we got some great grill lines and flavor pretty quickly!

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Berkshire pork on the grill Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Resting the meat

I didn't have a meat thermometer on hand, so I cooked this for the longer end of the range given in the instructions. The pork is only seasoned with salt, pepper, and chili powder, but it looked and smelled amazing when we pulled it off the grill!

Finally, what might be my favorite thing of the day: grilling the tortillas!

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Grilling the tortillas Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Grilling the tortillas Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Grilling the tortillas

Is there anything better in life than a puffy and charred tortilla? I think not. It always surprises me how much depth a little heat can add to the simplest of foods.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Slicing onions and pork

After letting the meat rest for a few minutes, we got to work chopping the grilled onions and slicing the pork. We decided to go all-in on the 'deconstructed' look, rather than assemble the meal like tacos:

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Plated berkshire pork

The timing in the directions turned out to be flawless - the pork was perfectly done! The meat is definitely the star of this dish, but the ginger/coconut/peanut sauce was a delicious accompaniment (and would definitely help with moisture if your pork did end up on the dry side). Lime and cucumber definitely help lighten things up for warmer weather, too.

This dish was definitely a little outside of my comfort zone, but the results were great, thanks to the detailed instructions and quality ingredients. I haven't had a chance to try this one again at home, but I did take some leftovers home to hubby and he said it's among the best pork he's ever had.

We didn't time ourselves on this one, but I think it would be tough to hit the 30-minute target if you're cooking alone - I'd guess this one is also closer to 40. The grilling itself was super fast, but having to step away from the grill to do the sauce would have added time if I didn't have some help.

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Plated berkshire pork with wine

Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon Grilling Recipes Review June 2017 - Plated berkshire pork with wine

This meal was paired with the 2015 Cala Montepulciano from Martha Stewart Wines. Although it's listed as "Dry", this wine was sweet in comparison to the previous bottle, and it was the perfect complement the grilled pork. This Italian wine has tasting notes including "Black fruit, black cherries, spice, tobacco, and leather," but the fruit/cherry was definitely the most upfront, and I found this to be very drinkable.

Verdict: All in all, my first Martha & Marley Spoon experience was a big hit! Quality was exceptional and everything was so delicious, plus I got some great ideas to take back into the kitchen to shake up my normal routine a bit. (I'm looking at you, grilled potato salad!) The instructions were really great, too, the only exception being that I think beginner cooks could use a note about changing the order of the prep work if they plan to grill outside. 

It can be hard to break down the difference between various meal boxes and what they specialize in, so I took some time to look at Martha & Marley Spoon's current menu vs others. I still can't really pin it down, but to me, these recipes are what you'd expect from Martha: a sort of elevated American fusion? It's not exactly comfort food but still has a broad appeal, with some adventurous recipes mixed in as well.

I found Martha & Marley Spoon to be fairly priced overall as well. For the $9.50/serving price of the 4-person 2-meals box, they're right in the middle of other meal kits. The 2-person box varies from $9.50 to $12 per serving, which is a little more than Blue Apron but still comparable to Plated.

Finally - I love the 100% recyclable packaging, and the fact that there are no restrictions or limitations when you choose your recipes from the 10 available each week. Those two things can really make or break a meal kit service for me.

What do you think of Martha & Marley Spoon? Do you plan to try some meal kit grilling recipes this summer?

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Lacey Volk
Lacey Volk
Lacey's introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she's looking forward to trying more.

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I’ve tried Marley Spoon & liked it. I liked that I could pick among 10 recipes and they note which ones are spicy (which I avoid). I did get a “grill” recipe and didn’t have one at my mother’s house (where I shipped the food). I hadn’t seen the Big Green Egg, so that was interesting too.
Like another, Green Chef is probably my favorite of the food-subs, but this runs a close second.

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Thank you for your review and just signed up to try. Have been with Green Chef for a year now and really like them but wanted to add another. Tried SunBasket and was not impressed.

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The food looks tasty, but I think I’m in love with that grill!

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I want to try this, but they only deliver to my zip code on Monday’s and that doesn’t work for me. I hope they expand the days in the future.

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Looks like a great box, but doesn’t deliver to Kansas City, only St Louis 🙁

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Thank you for reviewing this! I hadn’t never heard of this one and was looking for a new one to try. Just ordered my first box!

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This review really makes me want to get a grill! I have an M&M box coming in a couple week with pork loin and peach kebabs included, which would be amazing on the grill!

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I can’t access the website?

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Lacey Volk

Is there a specific link you’re trying to use that isn’t working?

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The one in the post.


Marley Spoon is my absolute favorite food sub box. It’s the one I order from the most. So glad you are finally reviewing them. In the beginning they had a lot more exotic flavors and the European influence was more obvious. When they send parmesan it’s a chunk of parmigiano reggiano and not just generic parm like Kraft. the canned tomatoes I’ve received were this wonderful brand from Italy. I’ve gotten butter from a farm in Vermont.

Another great thing about them is that the prices go down when you order more. If you order 3 meals it’s $61.50 so it’s @20/meal for two. Order 4 meals and it’s $76 which is $19 per meal for two. 5 meals is $18.60. 6 meals (which I have done several times) works out to be $17.80 per meal for two.

You can tell I really love this sub.

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Amber P

Oh now this is just annoying, they’re sending VT farm butter but not shipping to VT?

Come on Martha.

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Amber P

I’ve been watching for this – I’m glad there’s a review of it. It’s frustrating though, they don’t ship to my zip code. 🙁

I hope they are making efforts to expand.

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Lacey Volk

That is a bummer! They don’t specifically list the places they don’t ship to in their FAQ but if we can get any more info, we’ll update the post.

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Your photos were gorgeous and the meals look so good! I wanted to mention that your hand written note was not hand written though. It is a hand written font printed with an ink meant to look like pen. You can tell because all of the capital Ts look the same as do the lowercase Ls, etc. ☺

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Lacey Volk

I just looked again at the photo because I don’t have the card in front of me, and there are very slight differences between the connectors between the letter y and o, and the very last capital T has some more weight at the bottom as if it were made with pen… hm. The letter f looks a bit different too. If this is a font, it’s a darn detailed one!

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The “i”s are also dotted incorrectly in various places. I’m pretty sure it is handwritten. 🙂

Lacey Volk

Oh man, I’m usually so good at catching that stuff, thanks for pointing that out! I had so much Martha on the brain that I was just thinking to myself, of course they have absolutely perfect handwriting, hehe 😂

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