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:
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.
Step 4. Juice the limes. I use one of these lime squeezer gizmos.
Step 5. Combine all of the ingredients and stir. Sometimes I throw a minced garlic clove in there, too.
Done! Let it chill for an hour or two for better flavor. If it tastes too salty, add another dash of honey. It will keep for a few days in the fridge.
1. On a condiment tray to accompany an Asian meal. Here it's paired with chopped peanuts, cilantro, sriracha sauce, and peanut sauce.
2. With Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps. Dunk your lettuce wraps as you eat, or drizzle on the sauce. Either way, have napkins nearby. It's messy--but in a good, delicious, running-down-your-chin way!
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:
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?
Make it a yummy day!