This sauce is my little secret. It is delicious and I use it in endless ways! It is a stir-fry sauce, a salad dressing, it is a marinade and tenderiser for meats, a topping and a dipping sauce: basically a sweet and tangy flavour enhancer which will make your food totally delicious!
This sauce being homemade is natural with no e-numbers or preservatives. And it is almost always more cost effective making up your own goodies like these. Have you seen the prices at the supermarket for salad dressings and marinades? And sure, you could buy the really cheap ones, but do you really want to put that stuff in your body (and your family’s)? Store-bought varieties are often packed with sugar. Making your own you can add replace the sugar with honey or another sweetener of your choice.
With this sauce around you rarely have that dreaded feeling of what to cook for dinner. Its easy to think of ideas because you know that you have a quick flavor enhancer on hand. On those days where I just can’t think of what to make, or don’t have much on hand, I tend to take a protein like chicken, pork or fish out of the freezer to thaw, pour some of this sauce over the top and let it marinade for 30 minutes before dinner. In that time I make a salad with lots of veggies like avocado, frozen peas (which save me when I haven’t been to the store!) and add a can black beans or chick peas. Maybe some toasted pita bread or thinly sliced sourdough on the side (also store these in the freezer) and dinner is prepped! The protein can be seared in a frying pan or put on the BBQ. And the super sauce is also the salad dressing. Pretty much all of dinner can be put together with ingredients from the cupboard or freezer, yet still be homemade and healthy.
All marinades/salad dressings consist of a balance between sweet, salty and sour, and that is pretty much the formula for my sauce. This sauce has an Asian flare to it, with sesame oil and soy sauce. That is because I think these flavors are just so delicious together! But don’t feel you have to have it with that kind of food only – This sauce works across many different cuisines.
Here are some other ways to use this Super Sauce:
- Pour over some halloumi or feta cheese, then bake in the oven for 15 minutes until brown.
- Place a block of cream cheese on a pretty plate and pour over the sauce. Serve with crackers for a snack or appetiser.
- Pour it into your wok as a sauce for stir fries or fried rice.
- Marinade some mixed vegetables such as broccoli florets, corn nibblers and sweet potatoes in the super sauce and roast in the oven for 40 minutes for a high intensity side dish.
- Serve as a quick dipping sauce for asian style dumplings, fish cakes, or spring rolls.
Here is the Super Sauce recipe:
- ½ cup honey, or other liquid sweetener
- ½ cup vinegar
- ½ cup oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- Place a funnel over a glass bottle jar and pour all the ingredients in.
- Taste for balance: add more sweetener if it needs it, soy if it needs more salt, or more vinegar if you want the taste more sour.
Liquid sweeteners: honey, agave syrup, rice malt syrup, maple syrup
Oils: olive, rice bran, peanut, safflower, coconut
vinegars: apple cider, rice vinegar, red wine or white wine vinegar
Play around with some additions or variations to this sauce, such as adding chili, fish sauce, coconut milk and/or lime juice.