This sauce is must add to your regular rotation. It acts as a marinade for grilled meat (pork, beef, bone in chicken) or even vegetables. Then, instead of being discarded, it can be boiled down to use as a sauce to serve over the main course or incorporated into side dishes (I love it mixed into rice, quinoa, or bulgur w/ grilled vegetables, chopped scallions and a few toasted sesame seeds).
Developing an umami packed sweet flavor, this sauce is sure to be a hit with your family. It’s also elegant enough to serve at a dinner party.
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
- 3 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 1 to 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 head of smashed garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tbsp crushed ginger
- 1 thinly sliced hot pepper (seeded for less heat) OR
- 1tbsp Sambal olek OR
- 1tbsp Sirarcha
- 1 thinly sliced onion or shallots
- Agave syrup in place of brown sugar
- canola oil in place of sesame oil
- eliminate the rice wine vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a sealable bag, add meat or vegetables, shake to coat and refrigerate at least 2 hours(the flavor intensifies the longer it sits).
While meat/vegetables grill (a grill pan works in place of an outdoor grill), pour remaining sauce into a pot, bring to a boil and reduce until you reach your desired thickness. Serve atop meat or vegetables or mix into your favorite side dish.
You can play with the quantities in a large bowl to reach the flavor you desire. Or transform this sauce into a salad dressing by mixing the same ingredients in the following quantities.
Salad Dressing Adaptation:
- 1/4 cup oil (canola, vegetable, olive)
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 to 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 to 2 tsp maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
- Chopped scallions (optional)
If additional heat is desired add a pinch to 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or a squirt of Sirarcha. Use to top green salads, or as a dressing (increase recipe to accommodate amount) for coleslaw or mix with your favorite grain.
Now you have one sauce that will pass the kid test, impress your significant other and wow your friends.
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