Asian Sauces

Asian Sauces
Yield: approx. 1 cup


Fruit-Based Sauces

Whisk all ingredients together until completely blended, then simmer until thickened or reduced a bit, depending on the recipe.

Plum Sauce
Serve over spring rolls, noodles, crispy tofu, seitan

  • 6 cups sweet plums, pitted and chopped
    • Variations: peaches, pineapple, apricots
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1-1/2 cups packed Muscovado brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed dried chili pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

Orange Sauce
Serve over steamed vegetables, cauliflower, crispy tofu, seitan

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 teaspoons orange peel, finely grated
  • Large pinch dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch

Spicy Orange Glaze
Serve over steamed vegetables, cauliflower, crispy tofu, seitan

Chinese Lemon Sauce
Serve over steamed vegetables, cauliflower, crispy tofu, seitan

  • 1/3 cup light miso (2-3 T. light miso paste + 1/2 cup water)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons corn or potato starch

Sweet and Sour Sauce
Use over steamed vegetables, crispy tofu, seitan, or as a dipping sauce

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves, powdered
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons corn or potato starch

Savory-Sweet-Salty Sauces

Whisk all ingredients together until completely blended, then simmer until thickened or reduced a bit, depending on the recipe.

General Tso’s Sauce
Serve over vegetable dishes, especially broccoli

  • 1/4 cup miso broth (1-2 T. light miso paste + 1/4 cup water)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1.5 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 red chilies, minced
  • 2 tablespoons corn or potato starch

Basic Stir Fry Sauce
Serve over vegetable stir fries, crispy tofu

  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/4 cup light miso (2-3 T. light miso paste + 1/2 cup water)
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1.5 teaspoons ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch

Mongolian Sauce
Use as a sauce for main dishes

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Muscovado brown sugar

Simple Dipping Sauce
Serve with spring rolls and other appetizers

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/4 cup Muscovado brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons corn or potato starch

Simple Chinese Brown Sauce
Serve over vegetables, stir fries, crispy tofu

  • 2/3 cup dark miso broth
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • ½ teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon oyster or shiitake mushroom powder
  • 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch

Ginger Sauce
Serve over vegetables, stir fries, crispy tofu

  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Hoisin Sauce
Serve over vegetables, stir fries, crispy tofu

  • 4 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dark miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame butter (tahini)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red chili pepper, minced

Teriyaki Sauce
Use as a marinade or basting sauce for grilled foods

  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/4 cup Muscovado brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Asian Barbecue Sauce
Use as a marinade or basting sauce for grilled foods

  • 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce (below)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder

Chinese Mustard Sauce
Use as a dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1.5 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder

Satay (Peanut) Sauce
Use as a dipping sauce

  • 3/4 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind (or 2 teaspoons lime juice, 2 teaspoons honey)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 chili peppers, minced
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

Chili-Based Condiments

Whisk all ingredients together until completely blended, then simmer until thickened or reduced a bit, depending on the recipe.

Sriracha Sauce
Use as a condiment

  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1-1/2 cups chili peppers, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons Muscovado brown sugar

Thai Chili Sauce
Use as a condiment

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon corn or potato starch

Tabasco Sauce
Use as a condiment

  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
  • 3 dozen chili peppers, minced
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 cup rice vinegar

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