I mentioned this dipping sauce in my previous post about Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps. It has a spicy, tangy flavor, is easy to make, and oh-so-versatile. It's based on a recipe from Rachel Ray's Magazine. She recommends it with her Asian meatballs. I use it in all kinds of ways. Here are some ways I've used this yummy sauce:
A dip or drizzle for my Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps.
A dip for pot stickers or dumplings.
A dip for spring rolls.
A marinade for grilled or stir-fried meat.
A base sauce for stir-fries and fried rice.
It's a snap to make. Here's how.
Step-by-step photos for making Asian Spicy Lime & Ginger Dipping Sauce
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: jalapeno pepper (or substitute crushed dried hot chili peppers), ginger, limes, tamari or soy sauce, honey
Step 2. Peel and grate the ginger. I use a Microplane.
Step 3. Cut half a jalapeno into thin slices. Then dice it. I like it spicy, so I leave in the seeds and membrane. For a milder version, remove seeds and membranes before cutting. (I recommend wearing plastic gloves when handling hot peppers.) You can substitute crushed dried hot chiles, if you prefer.
3. With pot stickers, Chinese dumplings, or spring rolls. Dunk or drizzle on the spicy sauce. Pot stickers are one of my favorite things, and this sauce puts them over the top. I can make a whole meal of them. I prepare pot stickers 2 ways:
Using frozen chicken pot stickers from Trader Joe's (pictured below)--they're delicious.
Making pot stickers from scratch using this recipe from Fine Cooking. They take awhile to make, but they're fantastic. I've made the shrimp/pork combination, and with pork only. Both delish. I use store-bought wonton wrappers instead of making the dough--much easier and faster that way.
4. As a marinade for grilled or stir fried meat. Here's a chicken breast marinating in the sauce. Let's face it, there are few things less appetizing than raw chicken. It may not be pretty, but it does make the chicken taste great! Let it marinate for at least 30 min, and up to several hours. I've also used the marinade on flank steak, grilled it, and sliced it real thin. Yum.
5. Add to stir-fries and fried rice. I don't have photos of these, but I often will add some of this sauce to these dishes for a flavor boost.
Like I said, it's a versatile sauce. What would you use it for?
1 garlic clove, minced (optional; recommended if using this sauce for a meat marinade)
juice from 2 limes
1/3 cup tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
Mix all ingredients and chill in fridge for 1-2 hours. If it tastes too salty, add another dash of honey.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: A dip for Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps (see recipe at www.theyummylife.com/recipes/137) A dip for pot stickers or dumplings. A dip for spring rolls. A marinade for grilled or stir-fried meat. A flavor boost for stir-fries and fried rice.
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