Let’s Get Saucy

Hey There,

These last few days of my holiday vacation have been so great and productive. Not only did I get to shop, wake up late, watch the morning news shows and stay locked up in the house while the temperatures here in Virginia plummeted to the 20s,  but I got to work on the blog. Normally, during the work week finding time to cook, take pics, come up with recipes and create content is practically impossible, but over the past week, I have been able to take my time and get some things done! Go me! I feel really accomplished!

So, earlier this week, I tried my hand a making stir-fry sauce. I saw a post on Instagram for orange sauce and I was like, “I can make that!”. It looked easy enough so I decided to give it a go. I can’t remember what they used in their recipe but below are the ingredients that I used in mine. The sauce turned out so good, that I was inspired to try my hand at some other sauces. I was thinking about what other flavor combos would be good and  I came up with ginger, lemon, and garlic. I basically followed the same recipe formula as the orange sauce and just tweaked the ingredients. At first, the sauce was too lemony (is that a real word!??!) and the flavors were flat. All I could taste was the ginger and the overwhelming tang of the lemon but then, I decided to add some soy sauce and sugar. That really helped to round out the flavors and give it that savory taste. In the end, it worked out and I ended up with another stirfry sauce option.

This week, I plan on making a quick stir-fry with broccoli, peppers, noodles, and salmon and either one of these sauces will be tasty. I can’t wait to see how the whole meal turns out.

I’ll be sure to share the stir-fry meal with you all later this week and let you know how everyone liked it. In the meantime, be sure to leave a comment if you liked this recipe and let me know what some of your favorite homemade sauces are in the comment section. Also, consider signing up to receive notifications when new posts go live. I promise you won’t regret it!

Until next time,

Samantha

 

                                                            Orange Sauce

1/8c honey                                                                                       1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger                                                    3/4c soy sauce

3 cloves of garlic (minced)                                                           2 tablespoons of green onions

1/3c light brown sugar                                                                 1 tablespoon of cornstarch

1/3c orange juice                                                                           1 tablespoon of water

1/2teaspoon turmeric

Process:

Combine soy sauce, ginger, turmeric, cumin in a saucepan over med/low heat.

Heat for 3-5 minutes

Add in minced garlic

Heat for 3 minutes

Add in the orange juice, honey and brown sugar. Feel free to adjust measurements according to taste.

In a separate bowl mix cornstarch and water until the cornstarch has been dissolved

Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce (while constantly stirring) and let cook for 1 minute. The sauce will begin to thicken. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool before transferring to the storage containers.

Orange Stirfry Sauce2

 

 

                                                         Soy, Garlic and Lemon Sauce

1/2c ginger (minced)                                                                         2c soy sauce

1 1/2c water                                                                                        1/2c light brown sugar

3 cloves garlic                                                                                    1 tablespoon water

1 lemon (juiced)                                                                                1 tablespoon cornstarch

Process:

Combine water, garlic, and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil.

Boil for 10 minutes to bring out the flavor or the garlic and ginger

Add lemon juice

Heat for 3 minutes

Stir in soy sauce and brown sugar and combine

In a separate bowl combine cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved.

Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce (stirring constantly) and heat for 1 minute. Remove the sauce from heat and allow to cool before transferring to storage containers.

 

Soy Lemon Ginger Stirfry Sauce1.jpg

 

 

 

 

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